OSB Bedhead With Built-in Niches




Introduction: OSB Bedhead With Built-in Niches

About: Passionate of DIY of any kind, I am not of the trade (I am developer in computing) but I am self-taught and I like to learn new things. I decided to share my creations with you through photos and videos. I do…

Here is the creation of this headboard. OSB is an unusual material for making furniture, but it is becoming more and more popular.

As it is intended for a 180 cms bed, it is 260 cms wide, 70cms high and 25 cms deep. It is equipped with 7 black built-in niches, 2 of which have power outlets, and the central unit with an RGB LED strip with remote control.


Tools used:

    • Circular saw
    • Plate Joiner
    • Router
    • Miter saw
    • Screwdriver
    • Drill press
    • Hand tools

    Time spent: 18H



    • 3 OSB boards 280 x 119.6 cm (12mm thickness)
    • LED strip + remote control
    • 2 electric sockets
    • Glue, screws, strips, paint ...

    Step 1: 3D

    I modeled the headboard in 3D with Fusion 360 software.

    You can see the 3D model here : https://a360.co/2UJHzlX

    Step 2: Plans

    From the 3D model, I created the plans, and I also made the section plane of the 3 OSB plates which have 25 elements in all.

    PDF available.

    Step 3: Cutout

    Following the plans, I start by cutting the OSB panels with a circular saw and a homemade rail.

    I continue with my table saw, it allows me to make series of identical parts thanks to the guide.

    Small cuts are made with a miter saw. As for the cutouts for the bottom of the wall (to bypass the baseboards), they are made with a jigsaw.

    Step 4: Niches

    I trace the location of the niches. To avoid mistakes, I marked the hills on the map starting from a zero point.

    Then cut out the niches with a Dremel DSM20 mini saw, it allows you to cut without making a pre-hole, and to follow a guide for with a straight cut and in the right place.

    I also plan the socket holes with a hole saw mounted on a drill press.

    Step 5: Assembly

    For an invisible assembly, I chose joining biscuits (or domino). I draw a pencil line on the 2 boards to be assembled, I hollow out the 2 sides with the joining machine, I apply wood glue in the hole of the slats and on the drape to be glued, then I insert the joining biscuits between the 2 boards.

    Under the effect of wood glue, the biscuits will swell and firmly tighten the 2 parts.

    Step 6: More Assembly

    I continue with the bottom plank following the same principle.

    Step 7: Separations

    Between the niches and on the sides, a single thickness of OSB would have been too thin and not aesthetic (12mm), so I tripled the thickness using 2 boards, with offcuts of OSB as shims between the 2, or 36mm in all.

    I reinforce the invisible parts with wood screws. I make a pilot hole with a drill bit fitted with a bur.

    And finally I continue with the assembly of the internal reinforcements and I fix the top.

    Step 8: Finishing

    With a router and a rolling cutter, I grind all the edges, then sand them together to remove any rough edges.

    I paint the interior of the niches in satin black.

    Step 9: Repair

    During the cut, there were a few chipped corners, so I made wood filler to fill them up. This is OSB sawdust mixed with wood glue.

    Step 10: Electricity

    I installed 2 sockets, on each side. They are connected to each other, then to a cable that will be plugged into a wall outlet.

    I also added a 5V transformer which will be used for the LEDs of the next step.

    Step 11: LED Strip

    In the bottom board, I dig a groove with a router and I install an LED strip with its aluminum support.

    It's an RGB LED strip with a mini controller and its remote control.

    Step 12: Bottom Board

    I close the upper part of the back as well as the lower part with screws.

    The bottom has received black paint at the place of the niches of course.

    Step 13: Done!

    The headboard is now complete!

    Step 14: Installation

    And here it is installed in the room!

    For information, I created this headboard at the request of a friend. I was a little surprised for the choice of wood but the rendering is original and the material is not expensive.

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      Question 1 year ago

      Hi. But OSB is not toxic??? i read that have some bad things for health.