How To Install a Planked Platform Headboard Wall

A custom headboard is a great statement behind any bed. Get step-by-step instructions for creating a wow-worthy master bedroom focal point inspired by DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2017.

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: DYLAN_EASTMAN

Photo By: DYLAN_EASTMAN

Photo By: DYLAN_EASTMAN

Photo By: DYLAN_EASTMAN

Photo By: DYLAN_EASTMAN

Photo By: DYLAN_EASTMAN

Photo By: DYLAN_EASTMAN

Photo By: DYLAN_EASTMAN

Photo By: DYLAN_EASTMAN

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Getting Started

Over the years, you've seen use build all sorts of headboards at Blog Cabin. This year, for Ultimate Retreat we wanted something different that was simple to construct, spoke to the simplicity of the home, but also was a design statement. Cladding the wall with wood planks easily backed up this platform bed without being your typical attached headboard.

What You'll Need

Materials: Flooring (left over, reclaimed, or new), construction adhesive, 2 ½” 15ga finish nails, and latex paint

Tools: Table saw, chop saw, jig saw, paint roller, paint roller pan, 15 ga finish nailer, stud finder, spacers, and level

Time: 4 hrs

Cost: $320

Step One

Because the planks will be spaced, start by painting the entire wall which will be easier than cutting in the gaps later.

Step Two

Rolling on the paint will be fastest and you don't need to worry about cutting in the edges since they are not exposed.

Step Three

You know we love to reuse materials! We had a little flooring left over from installing hardwood through out the house. Plus the hand scraped finish added a unique texture to the wall! Start by ripping the tongue side off the boards on a table saw.

Step Four

Layout your stud locations to ensure proper fastening. Also have a licensed contractor mark all electrical and plumbing locations to avoid nailing into these.

Step Five

Apply construction adhesive to the back of each board.

Step Six

Install with (2) 15 ga nails at each stud.

Step Seven

To keep things consistent, cut some 1/4” spaces out of scrap wood and use to space rows.

Step Eight

For a random look (most common for random length flooring), be sure to stagger end joists.

Step Nine

Continue covering the entire wall making sure to cutout for any electrical devices. Because we were also installing built-ins, finishing tight to each side wall was not important. If you don't have these, finish by installing edge trim and base board.

Rest Easy With Your Custom Headboard

Even though this might not be your typical headboard, we think it makes an excellent statement behind any bed. It's also an easy way to use up that little bit of extra material that accompanies any renovation project.

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