People who always like uniqueness prefer to do DIY projects. Making headboard from a recycled pallet is such a DIY project that require only 2-4 wooden pallets and some common tools and materials.
The tools and materials required for making wooden headboard generally remain in our regular toolbox. So, you do not have to spend a lot. Headboard from a recycled pallet is a cheap, simple and fun project.
This project does not require a lot of complicated skills in working with wood. If you can take a measurement (I am sure you can do this) and a little bit of expertise in wooden work you can start this project.
If you do not have then you can practice those skill with this project since you just need to cut the wood of rectangular size and screw those together.
6 Easy Steps to Make a Headboard from Recycled Pallet
Before going to the main working steps I would like to give you an idea about the necessary tools and materials needed for this project.
Required Tools and Materials
1. Wooden pallets (2 8ft or 2×3’s pallets are enough)
2. Nail gun
3. Measurement tape
5. Linseed oil or stain
For ensuring safety you need the following safety equipment:
- Safety glass
- Dust mask and
We highly recommend not to ignore the safety equipment. After gathering all the required materials and tools you can start your project of making a headboard from recycled pallets by the 6 easy and simple steps discussed in our article.
For any kind of wooden project, measurement is a very important task to be fulfilled. Since you are going to use the headboard for your bed (you may use it for any other purpose also but most of the time people use headboard in their bed) you must take the measurement carefully so that it matches with the size of your bed.
After cutting the pallets into small pieces you need to clean the pieces properly. It is better to wash the pieces for better cleaning and after washing do not forget to dry in the sun. The drying should be done with good care so that there remains no moisture before going to the next step.
Now it is time for assembling the dismantled wood. Use the 2×3’s along the width of the frame and between 2×3’s use 2×4 pieces for providing structural support to the headboard.
Now open your toolbox and pick up the nail gun from there. To secure the assembly you need to drill holes and add screws to every connection of the frame.
Then attach slats to the front part of the frame. The critical work of this step is cutting the small pieces in an alternating pattern and at the same time, you also have to maintain the length accurately to span the headboard.
You may wonder why the alternating pattern is necessary. Well, the alternating pattern is necessary since it gives a rustic look to the headboard.
Once this work is finished take the slats that you have recently made and attach those using the nail gun.
Now notice the edge of the headboard. A headboard with open edges does not look good. So you have to cover the edges of your headboard. But if you prefer en exposed edges you can skip this step. I personally like covered edges and those who like covered edges can perform the instruction of this step.
To cover the edges take the proper measurement of the height of the headboard and cut 4 pieces of the same length and screw those pieces together. After that attach those to the headboard.
To make the look of the whole headboard uniform or to bring consistency in the look of the headboard add linseed oil or stain to the edges.
You may wonder why we are recommending to use linseed oil or stain only to the edges, why not the whole body of the headboard.
Well, the cut edges of the headboard look fresher than the body of the headboard and here comes the question of consistency in color. That is why we recommended using stain or linseed oil to bring consistency in the look of the whole headboard.
Finally, to remove the hard edges or burs you can now sand the headboard with sandpaper. And, the headboard is ready for attaching to the frame of your bed.
You can also watch this video clip to understand the process of making a headboard from the recycled pallet more clearly:
You can keep your headboard simple as it is. Then it will look rustic which will give a warm look to your bedroom or you can customize it with any other design.
For example, you can change the pattern of the slats or you can color it or you can décor it with any other decoration idea.
I already have mentioned that it is a cheap project and so you do not have to face a major loss even if you want to change it after some days. This project also does not require a lot of time to accomplish, you can take it as a fun project for passing your leisure time.