$30 DIY Headboard Tutorial

A while back, my husband and I decided that we wanted a headboard for our bed. As I started searching, I soon realized that if I wanted a king sized headboard for our bed, I was going to have to fork out the big bucks; I couldn’t find anything cheaper than $200…plus, they weren’t really my style. Since my husband loves any excuse to use his tools, I suggested that we make our own. I absolutely LOVE how our headboard turned out!

I received Lush Decor’s Chic Modern Comforter Set in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Plus, it looks fantastic behind Lush Decor‘s Modern Chic Comforter Set. Following these simple steps, you’ll love creating this simple $30 rustic headboard; and yes, we really only spent $30 on this headboard.

$30 DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard Tutorial

Materials Needed (Keep in mind, these measurements are for a king size bed. Adjust accordingly if crafting for a different size of bed):

      • 2.5″ Screws
      • Wood Stain (we used walnut)
      • 2 x 6 (we used 5; 6’6″ long)
      • 2 x 4 (we used 2; 4’6″ long)
      • Sandpaper



1. After gathering your wood, sand the ends of your 2 x 6’s in order to give a nice, smooth appearance.

DIY Headboard Tutorial 2. It’s time to stain your 2 x 6’s. Because you can’t see the 2 X 4’s, we chose not to stain them. We let our stain sit for about 10 minutes before blotting up the extra stain and allowing our wood to dry. Although our wood felt dry after a few hours, just to be safe, we decided to let everything dry overnight.

DIY Headboard Tutorial 3. Because my husband and I wanted our headboard to have a more rustic feel, we decided to sand the edges of our 2 x 6’s.

DIY Headboard Tutorial DIY Headboard Tutorial4. Now it’s time to connect your (5) 2 x 6’s to your (2) 2 x 4’s. We decided that we wanted just a tad bit of space between each 2 x 6. However, I think the headboard would have looked just as good had we pieced the wood together without any spaces. Turn your 2 x 6’s over and place your 2 x 4’s where you’d like them. Drill 2 evenly spaced holes in each board.

DIY Headboard Tutorial 5. Now it’s time to drill your 2.5″ screws into the wood, and that’s it! I’m telling you, this project was SUPER easy and turned out better than I expected. If we wouldn’t have had to wait for the stain to dry, we could have finished the entire project during my son’s afternoon nap!

DIY Headboard Tutorial DIY Headboard Tutorial Check out the finished project! I absolutely ADORE how it turned out. Pairing this headboard with Lush Decor’s Modern Chic 5 Piece Bed Set creates the perfect “shanty chic” feel in our master bedroom. I mean come on, what woman doesn’t love cascading ruffles? Plus, the embroiders throw pillows are absolutely to die for! I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out!

DIY Rustic Headboard for less than $30

DIY Headboard Tutorial DIY Headboard Tutorial

After creating this simple $30 DIY Headboard, be sure to pair it with Lush Decor’s Modern Chic 5 Piece Comforter Set ($169.99). Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

About Meagan

My name is Meagan and I adore being a mother to a Ninja Turtle obsessed 4-year-old and a very sweet (but mostly sassy) one-year-old. Before working from home, I enjoyed my time as a Behavioral Health Nurse. When I get a moment to myself, nothing makes me happier than eating cookie dough ice-cream, going shopping (kidless), catching up on my favorite Netflix shows, or soaking in a nice warm bubble bath. My family and I recently relocated to Idaho where we love living the simple life.


$30 DIY Headboard Tutorial — 94 Comments

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  2. I always see these diy projects and wonder why I didn’t think of that first… like before I bought a headboard from a store. It is beautiful.

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  5. I will be featuring this at the Pinworthy Projects Link Party tomorrow over at Domestic Superhero- thanks for sharing last week! I am also pinning! Looks great!

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  8. That is a beautiful bedding set. I like the Royal Empire 3-pc Quilt Peacock set, too. Thanks for having this contest.

  9. Lush Decor has some beautiful items. I love so many of their comforters. The Lake Como 4-pc Comforter Set in Taupe is gorgeous too.

  10. I am so in love with their Ruffle Shower Curtain in pink. It is so pretty!

  11. I visited them and like the shower curtain selection especially the Chic Shower Curtain

  12. I love the shower curtains. They are so much prettier than what you see elsewhere.

  13. This is my first visit to the Lush Decor site and I see so many items that I would love to have. I especially like the Lillian Window Panels.

  14. I love the color of this Adrianne 3-pc Quilt Yellow for my daughters room

  15. I really like the Belle comforter set in ivory. It looks so comfy, just like the kind of bedding sets you see in the movies.

  16. This headboard is AWESOME!! I know what I’m putting in my guest room now! Thanks for the tips. I would love it if you came linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party!

  17. I love your DIY headboard! I Visited Lush Decor’s site and they have so many items I love, especially the beautiful quilts as they really add a lot of style and texture to a room. I also really love the Lake Como 4-pc Comforter Set in Peach! Thanks for the chance!

  18. I visited the site and love all the beautiful quilts and comforters. I would like to have the Royal Empire 3-pc Quilt set.

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  21. I also love the Darla 4pc. Comforter Set in Ivory.


  22. It’s out of stock not but the Darla Comforter Set is so feminine and lush. How pretty, I’d love it.

  23. Wow, gorgeous, Janel! Absolutely stunning!

  24. I would like to have the Lake Como Window Panels to brighten up my bedroom.

  25. Hi Meagan, I’m visiting from the Craft Frenzy Friday Party. I love your rustic headboard and the pretty bedding looks so good with it. Thanks for the giveaway – keeping my finger’s crossed. I’m a new follower :)

  26. Wow, I love that headboard! It looks totally great, worth way more than the $30 it cost you guys!

  27. I love this bed, Janel! The headboard is awesome and the bedding is so yummy, too.
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  28. I absolutely love it! My Honey & I were thinking the same thing – the headboards we’re finding are just not really my style – I love the rustic look you achieved. We had our barn refurbished years ago and the old-growth wood planks were salvaged and have been protected in the barn. We were thinking of making a headboard similar to the one you did. Now that I’m able to see it – I think we may just jump in. Thanks for sharing! (visiting from the Wake-Up Wednesday hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  29. I love it, Meagan, thanks for sharing @ Inspiration Monday Party‚ĶI’m featuring you tonight on Facebook!

  30. I love this and I want to make one. How did you attach it to the bed?
    I love your comforter set and it would be what I need. Thanks for the give away.

  31. Here visiting from the Nifty Thrifty Things Link party. :) You did such a fabulous job. This is a great, economical solution for sure. I love the combo of the very rustic-looking headboard with the clean and bright bedding. Beautiful!

  32. I love this project, I am thinking on something like this but for me it would have to be white paint and it almost sanded off. :-) Thanks so much for sharing your project on Nifty Thrifty Sunday so we got to see it. Have a great week. :-)

  33. They have such lovely things. I saw a shower curtain that I just love! Pure white but gorgeous. Glad to know that some of their stuff will soon be in Big Lots!

  34. I would love to have one of everything! I am in the process of redoing our master bedroom and all of their products would be wonderful for us.

  35. I really like how your headboard turned out.I love this comforter set!I also like the Lucia 4-pc comforter set in red.I need to do a makeover in my bdrm badly.Thank you for the awesome giveaway :)

  36. Wow this is stunningly beautiful!!

    the Modern Chic 5-pc Comforter Set is gorgeous as well

  37. Meagan, you are the best! We need a headboard in our room BADLY and this one is so cute!!

  38. oh my goodness ! the comforter sets are BEAUTIFUL! I love darla in ivory lucia in red…so many gorgeous choices!