DIY Window Headboard Tutorial {West Elm Inspired}

Here is our tutorial on how we built our West Elm Inspired window headboard (see post here for cost and time breakdown). 

Window Headboard, Twin, White

West Elm Window Headboard

Feel free to ask questions if we forget anything!

Here is the plan.  It is for a king sized bed. (Click  here for queen dimensions.) It is weak...some day I might be a fancy blogger...but until then...you get this...

How to build a headboard, DIY, West Elm Inspired, Tutorial

1. Buy your supplies.

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How to build a headboard, DIY, West Elm Inspired, Tutorial

2. Cut the lumber.  You will need:

  • Using 2x4: cut to 75" (horizontal support on very bottom)
  • Using 2x3:
    • cut 2 - 75" pieces (top and bottom horizontal of headboard)
    • cut 2 - 55" pieces (side pieces)
    • Using your 1x2s cut:
      • ten 9" pieces (horizontal part of "window")
      • ten 18.5" pieces (vertical part of "window")
        • (the picture shows 20" but this takes into account the other pieces)
        • ten 6" pieces (for top and bottom of "window")
        • six 5" pieces (in between windows)

3. Lay out lumber in shape of the headboard as a dry fit. Put the good sides of the lumber (the sides you want to show) face down. Mark the back sides so you know which side to drill the pocket hole into:

How to build a headboard, DIY, West Elm Inspired, Tutorial

4. Drill pocket holes using jig:

How to build a headboard, DIY, West Elm Inspired, Tutorial
How to build a headboard, DIY, West Elm Inspired, Tutorial

5. Screw headboard together.  This is where math and a right angle are handy.  I, obviously, was not involved in this step.  I was doing useful things...like lamp shopping.

6. Sand. We used our Rockwell Sonicrafter Sander.

7. Prime.  We used FastPrime2.  It was in our basement. It works.  I applied it with a brush and a mini-roller.  It took FOREVER because there are A LOT of corners.  It won't look pretty after the prime...don't get discouraged.

(Also, this project would be better done in the spring/fall..instead of the dead of winter...so you don't have to paint in your mudroom...you live and you learn.)

How to build a headboard, DIY, West Elm Inspired, Tutorial

8. 2 coats of paint.  We used Olympic Zero VOC Premium white, semi-gloss.  This paint is great.  It doesn't smell, is good for the enviroment, covers well...and did I mention it doesn't smell.

9. Attach to your bed frame using bolts, nuts, and washers (we used some we dug up in our basement) that are long enough to go through the wood and attach to your bed frame.

10. Enjoy your inexpensive headboard!

Like this project?  Be sure to check out our building projects here.  Don't forget to check out our other DIY projects here!  Make the matching bedframe with this tutorial!

How to build a headboard, DIY, West Elm Inspired, Tutorial
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