DIY Headboard in 30 minutes for under $30! | George Martin Jr

Hello again!If you’re like me, your time and money availability are both short lived and short coming, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your house feel like a home!I love simplistic design, and I feel like it reflects who I really am. I have been ing and ing for a mid-century modern headboard for a few months now, but nothing really clicked with my style in my budget.Sounds like project time to me!I set off to Lowe’s to find inspiration. Pinterest is great and everything, but I wanted to challenge myself to come up with my own ideas. I found myself wandering into the lumber section and ***light bulb***!Here’s what you’ll need:1. Wooden board of desired size (keep reading for tips!)2. Docking strips3. Screws/nails4. Screwdriver/hammer5. Measuring tape5. LevelI selected a super simple, light oak board to serve as the base.Be sure to select a board with minimal wear and tear. Small knicks and dents are okay, but you want a relatively clean surface overall.Choosing the size of the board is simple when you know what you’re looking for, just remember to follow a few steps.1. What is the size of your bed? I have a queen sized bed which measures about 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. (Twin-39×75), (Full-54×75), (King-76×80).2. What is the ‘feel’ you’re looking for? I like the simple, more modern feel. If you want the headboard to make more of a statement, choose a board that is much larger. Height is a great way to add a little more drama, so choosing a much wider board is a great way to get that effect. Don’t be afraid to choose a board that is slightly longer than the width of your bed- it adds a nice little attitude. For example, my bed is only 60 inches wide, but my new headboard measures about 72 inches wide.3. What is the style of your bed? Is it a simple, clean firm mattress? Or are you like me and have a gigantic, fluffy pillow top? Although I have a love of clean, mid-century modern style furniture which usually shows short, sleek headboards, I though that a thinner board would be drowned out by the scale of my actual bed, so I opted for a little bit of a thicker option for balance.         The size I selected was 72×16. I like when the edges of the headboard overhang the bed a bit- the imperfection adds both to the informal, simple look and creates interest.Next, you will need two docking strips. I chose two small 1x2x4 strips which will be used to attach the headboard to the wall with minimal damage. You could also use

or , just be sure that you’re buying the correct hardware for the weight of your headboard.*I chose to use docking strips because they’re quick, easy and dependable*If your hardware store doesn’t have the size of the strips you need, ask them to cut them for you! Most stores will cut them for free with purchase!Next, take your measuring tape and measure 5 inches down from the top of your headboard.Now make a mark (I suggest a line) at five inches. Repeat this step across the length of your headboard. Take your time and make sure to be exact! These marks are going to make sure that your docking strips are level.Take one of your 1×2 strips and line it up with the pencil lines you made. This should be easy since you’ve already done most of the measuring work. Be sure it’s centered! Take a level to double check that it’s straight. Now the fun part- screw it down!Be sure that you have the right screws! Too long and they will poke through! I used 1.5 inch, self-puncture screws.Take your second docking strip and line it up with the bottom of your headboard. This strip will really only be used for stability, so there’s no need to make sure it’s perfectly level. Screw it down.(The top of my headboard is on the left, bottom on the right)Now, simply attach the board to your wall using fat-head nails or screws. Be patient and make sure it’s level! I LOVE my – makes hanging just about anything super easy and quick!After setting your docking strips on the screws/nails, simply use a hammer or rubber mallet and tap the top of the headboard to implant the screws/nails into the docking strips. Do this a few times across the length of the headboard to make sure it’s sturdy.annnd VOILA! You have just installed a super simple, super chic headboard in less than 30 minutes!If this simplistic design doesn’t fit your style, there are tons of ways to dress it up! Consider adding nail heads, wood-stain, panels or paint, just to name a few!Need help? I love a challenge! Feel free to comment below for questions or suggestions for future blog posts -Worried about your damage deposit? Another super simple tip to avoid putting holes in your walls- ask your local hardware store to cut two 1×4 boards. Now, simply attach the 1×4’s vertically to the headboard so the board will be sitting on stilts. Make sure to place these ‘stilts’ close enough together so they will be hidden by your mattress. **Nothing on this website should be confused with financial or legal advice. If you need this, or any other type of advice, please seek the help of a competent professional. In addition, because real estate laws change all the time and differ from state to state, and even city to city in the same state, everything in these pages should be considered general marketing advice and ideas. Please see link to full Disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

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