Simplicity and frugality are the hallmarks of your budding bedroom star, thanks to a frame that relies on everyday lumber, screws and MDF panels. (It's up to you to add the decorative touches!)
Step 1: Assemble the Basic Frame
Step 2: Bevel the Edges
Step 3: Attach the Top Rail
Step 4: Attach the Posts
Step 6: Cut the Pressed Tin
Step 5: Install the MDF Panels
Produced by Darryl Chapman
Lay the top and bottom plates 28 in. apart on a flat surface. Insert the four vertical supports between them, with the middle ones spaced 20 inches from each end. Drill 1/8 -in. pilot holes, then secure the parts using 1 5/8 -in. drywall screws.
This frame is designed for a queen-size bed. Adjust the cutting list to suit the different standard sizes below.
Secure the top rail to your workbench, then use a hand plane, router or sanding block to slightly angle or round the edges. Do the same to the edges, tops and bottoms of the two 4 x 4 posts.
Center the headboard frame on top of the top rail using wood glue and 1 1/4-in. drywall screws to secure the two to one another. Space screws every 8 inches.
Apply wood glue to one side of the frame, position it 13-in. up from the bottom of the post, then secure with 2 1/4-in. drywall screws every 8 in. Repeat for the other post.
Traditional pressed tin paneling has a raised pattern for a classic finish. These days, the "tin" is made from aluminum to prevent rust, but it looks like the real thing and is available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Scrounge up vintage pieces or purchase new panels through home centers and on the web.
Check to make certain your headboard is square, then apply wood glue to the framework and secure the MDF panels using 1-in. finishing nails. Prime the headboard and apply two coats of semigloss enamel paint.
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