Recently I decided it was time to make some updates in my bedroom. One of the projects I was super excited about was re-doing my DIY wood pallet headboard. I made the headboard about three years ago when we first moved into our house. As I started doing some updates over the years I realized the white wash look wasn’t the right fit and decided to try a dark stain. To complete this project all you need is 6 2×4’s, 1 1×4, and a couple pallets. All together I spent about $25 on the entire project. If you don’t have any pallets or you want to save yourself some time you could buy a few boards to substitute the pallet wood instead. I decided to go with pallets because I had plenty on hand and it also saved me some money which is always good!
So this is what I started out with. First I will explain how you can build the head board up to this part and then I will tell you all about the added updates. I have a King sized bed so I made the headboard 6 ft long and 5 ft high. Lay two 2×4’s 6ft apart and place one in the middle at 3ft. This will be the legs and support of the headboard so be sure these are lined up exactly. You will need to break apart some pallets and then you can start lining up the boards horizontally. I found it was easiest to start from the top and work one row across at a time. I measured the height of my mattress from the floor so to get an idea on how far down I needed to bring the boards.
Okay so now that we’re up to speed I decided this time around I wanted to go with a dark stain. I used a belt sander to get up most of the paint and then went back over with a palm sander to get what was left. Here’s out it came out after sanding. I may have been a little lazy around the bottom and sides but I was planning on covering up those parts anyway so its okay.
Next I wanted to frame it out a bit and add more detail. This is where the other 3 2×4’s and 1 1×4 come in. Measure the length from the top of the headboard to the bottom of the pallets and cut this length twice. Line each board up vertically on both ends of the headboard and screw into place. Next you will need to cut another board to go across the top so measure the length, cut, and screw into place. So now you should have the front of the headboard framed out.
Next I cut the 1×4 to 6’2″. This should be the length of your headboard plus two inches to add a 1″ overhang on each side. Lay the board across the top and screw into place. I cut the last 2×4 to 6’4″ which is the length of the headboard plus a 2″ overhang on each side and then screw into the 1×4 like pictured below.
Once you have these steps complete your headboard is ready to paint or stain. I chose to use Varathane wood stain in the color Kona. Then I went over it with Varathane Rust-Oleum Polyurethane. **Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. An affiliate link means I may earn advertising/referral fees if you make a purchase through my link(s) without an extra cost to you.
Here is the completed DIY Wood Pallet Headboard project! I absolutely love how this turned out. The stain now matches my barn door, dresser, and shelving so it really helped pull everything together. If you enjoyed this project please subscribe to my blog to stay up to date on the latest or feel free to browse some of my other DIY Home Projects.
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