DIY Barn Door Headboard


In the middle of last year, I searched all over the web and stores trying to find the perfect headboard with a “farmhouse feel” to it. After only finding headboards for $300 plus, I decided to make my own headboard exactly the way I wanted it and at a way better price. All together I only spent about $180 or so, which is way better than $500 for a similar one. I have to start off by saying I could never have made this headboard if it wasn’t for my amazing boyfriend. He did all the cutting and measuring and I did the sanding and painting.


Let me say, I’m sorry if my directions are confusing in anyway.

We first went shopping and got seven pieces of thin wood pallets. You can buy them already cut from Home Depot or Lowe’s. We then cut six of the pieces down to 60″ to fit our queen size bed. We then screwed in two vertical pieces of wood to either side of the base. We then measured and screwed in the wood that forms a “X,” in order to make it look like a real barn door. We then sanded down the headboard and painted it white. To give the headboard an older look, we sanded down parts of the wood to make it distressed looking.



After all that was done, we screwed in the hinges to make it look like a barn door. Last, we very carefully drilled two small holes to fit the wires through for the lights. We then screwed in the two lights (from Home Depot) and did the wiring for the lights. And then TA-Duh!!! I had my headboard of my dreams. And yes, I promise the lights actually work once plugged in an outlet.



3 thoughts on “DIY Barn Door Headboard

  1. […] Today I’m talking about decorating your room. I love the idea of a relaxing, warm, and staycation feeling room. Your room is your getaway, so it should feel that way too. The number one step to making your room feel like a relaxing staycation: an all white bed. I love having a white comforter, sheets, and headboard because it makes me feel like I’m sleeping on a fluffy cloud. Adding fluffy throw pillows to the white cloud of a bed makes it even better. I chose grey for my wall color because all my furniture is white and black, so the grey gives it a good contrast. I also love that rustic feel, so adding wood accents like my mirror and trays makes the room feel at least a little more manly for my man…. can’t make it too girly or he’d never stay the night with me. I love my little desk area, but I can’t wait to have a bigger home with its own office instead of being in my room one day. For the floors, we chose a dark vinyl because vinyl is waterproof, which is great for when you have a dog or have your bathroom attached to your bedroom. I have a lot of furniture, so I didn’t want to overwhelm the space with a ton of little knick-knacks. Instead I focused on the walls. Adding curtains makes my room feel cozier and taller. I like to cover all walls and I leave no wall behind when it comes to wall decor. I get most of my wall decor from Homegoods, Target, and antique shops. Like my headboard? See how I made it myself here! […]


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