Custom Headboard Appreciation

If you’re looking to change the look of your bedroom easily, consider a new headboard. Whether it’s salvaged and refinished, or designed to incorporate your favorite statement-making fabric, updating your headboard can immediately personalize your bedroom. DIY Network has a great gallery of creative options for you to check out, and today I’m supplementing its collection with a headboard of my own.
During the course of updating my own home, I designed and installed a wall treatment that would help to anchor my bed in an unlikely spot: directly beneath the window. Using the window unconventionally over the bed made a better use of the space in my room, and also gave me the opportunity to embrace the entire wall as part of the headboard, creating a unique focal point.

An unconventional DIY headboard
Keep on reading to learn about how this headboard was developed!
My headboard has was completed in two stages: First, I stained and installed a shiplap paneled wall that extends left-to-right, floor-to-ceiling. Later, I decided that I could add another layer of frosting to the shiplap cake in the form of handmade wooden hexagonal panels, accenting the detail that I already loved and adding a little something extra to define the bed’s position in the room.
The materials needed were minimal, and because I owned the tools, the project cost less than <$120:
  • 1x8x8 pine shiplap board (I bought mine at Lowe’s for about $1/linear foot, but find it hard to buy elsewhere)
  • 1x2x8 pine boards for the hexagon accent design
  • Nail gun and nails (I used a pancake compressor and 1-5/8″ nails)
  • Wood glue (for hexagon panels)
  • Stain (optional)
The shiplap itself is easy to install, and good for instant impact.
Installing shiplap as a headboard.
The extra detailing that I added in the form of the hexagon panels not only added a little extra character to the space, it also defined the wall further as a headboard.
Little hexagon headboard.
I had a lot to say when it comes to designing this headboard. Read more on the topic here, here, here, herehere, and here
Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at

10 Responses

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  5. [...] P.S. My favorite headboard DIY is featured over on DIY Network. What’s better than an infusion of shiplap and hexagons? Check it out here! [...]

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  7. Jeffrey Adams says:

    I would also prefer making my own headboards especially for my son's bed. I want to give him a Buzz Lightyear themed headboard, with neon stars that glow in the dark.

  8. Matt Fisk says:

    I have to agree that the headboards design isn't half bad. The best part is that it's surprisingly easy to do. Time to bring out the woodwork tools again.

  9. jb @BuildingMoxie says:

    we have been struggling with what to do behind our bed… heck to this point haven't considered doing the whole wall. now on the table … props out to Emily for this one.

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