Measure the width of the bed using a tape measure. Add 6 inches to the width to get the width dimension for the headboard.
Measure and mark the width dimension for the headboard onto the plywood panel on the 96-inch edges.
Cut the plywood panel to the width dimension to create the headboard.
Place the headboard on a work surface. Measure down from the top of each side 6 to 12 inches and mark the measurement with a pencil. These are points "a" and "b."
Measure and mark the center of the width along the top edge of the headboard. This is point "c."
Draw a line from point "c" to point "a" using a straight edge. Draw a line from point "c" to point "b." This will create a headboard that slants down from the center to each side.
Cut along each line to cut out the slants from the top edge and sides of the headboard using a circular saw.
Sand all the edges and surfaces of the headboard using fine-grit sandpaper until it is completely smooth.
Apply a coat of wood finish using a paintbrush. Allow the headboard to dry at least 72 hours before installation.
Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- 3/4-inch furniture grade plywood, 48-by-96-inch
- Table saw
- Circular saw
- Sandpaper, fine-grit
- Wood finish
- Add cushioning to the headboard if you want a more plush appearance.