How to Attach a Homemade Headboard to a Bed

Many headboards don't require installation.
You can just slide the headboard between your bed and the wall and the weight of the bed will hold it in place. If the head of your bed doesn't rest against a wall, you'll need to take further steps. This takes less than an hour and can be accomplished even by beginners.

Step 1

Set your headboard in place, positioned as you want it relative to your bed.

Step 2

Chalk the outline of the headboard wherever it crosses the frame of your bed.

Step 3

Remove the headboard and set it aside.

Step 4

Drill holes through the bed frame, inside the area or areas marked with chalk. Drill at least two vertical lines of two holes each, spaced two or more inches apart if possible. Use a drill bit the same diameter as your bolts. If your bed frame is metal, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from sparks and metal slivers.

Step 5

Drill holes through the headboard using a drill bit the same diameter as your bolts. Position the holes to correspond with the positions of the holes in the bed frame.

Step 6

Return the headboard to its position at the head of the bed. Bolt it in place and secure with the nuts. If you moved your bed in order to gain access for this project, put the assembled bed in the desired location in the room.

Things You Will Need

  • 4 bolts
  • 4 nuts
  • Chalk
  • Power drill
  • Safety goggles

About the Author

Jason Brick has written professionally since 1994. His work has appeared in numerous venues including "Hand Held Crime" and "Black Belt Magazine." He has completed hundreds of technical and business articles, and came to full-time writing after a long career teaching martial arts. Brick received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Oregon.