June 30, 2010

Headboard Shelf Tutorial

Last week I finished this project because I've been living without a headboard for three years . . .

Today I thought I give you all a quick how-to so you can make your own!

You will need . . .
one 1X10(faceboard)
one 1X6 (top #1)
one 1X8 (top #2)
three shelf supports
wood screws
finish nails

Step One:  Cut the boards to length.
I cut the faceboard to the length I wanted for a king size bed.  Top #1 I cut 1" shorter than the faceboard.  Top #2 I cut shorter than the faceboard by 1 1/2".  This gave me the tired look I was going for.

Step Two:  Attach top #1 and top #2 together.
(I predrilled all the holes as I went along - not sure if it was needed though)

Step Three:  Attach top boards to faceboard

Here's the view from the back

Step Four:  Find bracket placement and attach.

Mark the middle of the shelf and attach bracket, both from the top and the back.
Here's how it look with one bracket attached.
Look I have a helper!
Here's how it looks with all three brackets attached.  Starting to look like a shelf!

Step Five:  Cut and attach moulding.

I used this mounding for the space between top#1 and top#2

Cutting it to length and attaching with brad nails this is how it looks.
Here's another view.

Next I added the moulding onto the two faceboard sections between the shelf brackets.  I used a small half round moulding.
First draw lines where you would like to place the moulding.  Next measure and cut the moulding making sure to give each section a mitered corner. 

Attach once again using brad nails and it should look like this.
(next time I think I would just glue the sections on instead of nailing)

For the top shelf edge I used a large half round, once again mitering the corners and attaching with brad nails.

Here she is all built - Yippeee!

Step Six:  Paint and hang.
I used a black satin paint and distressed the edges a bit.

Finished product...
She turned out great don't you think?  If you'd like to take a look at my original post visit here.

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Great tutorial and the shelf looks fabulous. I love it. Hugs, Marty

  2. Well...with help anyone can do it!!!! LOL!!! Love your shelf, very professional girl and you make it sound so easy!!!...that's because it's a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. That's so beautiful! Great job!

  4. oh man - this is going straight on my husbands desk We've never had a headboard! Thanks!

  5. I am so impressed! This turned out wonderful!!! Your sweet helper is adorable:)

  6. It looks amazing - and thanks for the great step by step instructions! I just love it - I am thinking about where I can put one!


  7. Just found this from 320 Sycamore and I LOVE it!! Such a pretty and sweet idea!!

  8. I Love this shelf and had to make it for myself. (Well my dad did it with his tools). But he did find your measurements were backwards. In step one, the 1st board is not shorter but 1 inch longer and the 2nd board is 1 1/2 inch longer instead of shorter. Thanks again for the tutorial. Just what I was looking for, but thought I would tell you incase someone wanted to make it.


  9. This turned out great! You made it look so easy.. hah.

  10. It looks great! The best part is that you put it all together yourself. That's wonderful! BTW, I like your little helper. :)

  11. Came across your shelf on Pintrest this evening and I LOVE IT - Going to buy my wood tomorrow - just wondering how you attached it to the wall?

    Thanks for the super tutorial!!
    Sandra in Ohio

  12. So pretty!!! I might do this if I can't find an affordable bed frame on craigslist. We just bought a king bed. I have a question though... Do you know the name of your wall color? Its such a perfect shade. Sandjwestern @ gmail dot com. Thanks!!

  13. Love your project! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it today on my blog Sew Rockin'. You can check it out at: http://www.sewrockin.com/2011/12/09/you-sew-rock-me-fridays-8/

    Awesome job, I can't wait to see what else you come up with!


  14. I love, love, love your headboard and it looks gorgeous in black! I have this linked to my headboards post too today, for inspiration!

  15. Beautiful headboard idea! I can't wait to start working on mine!

    One question though... how did you hang it on the wall? I want to make sure its secure enough that the weight of the shelf and object on it won't fall or tilt.


  16. This is fantastic! I've been looking everywhere for a tutorial on how to make one of these, thanks for the inspiration.

  17. i'd also love to know how you hung it on the wall.... i made a similar shelf and can't figure out how to hang it.

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  19. How much did the overall project cost? How did you hang it on your wall? Great idea and beautiful!

  20. I sharing your blog with others...great stuff!

  21. I have a shelf similar to this that I've had for two years & can't figure out how to hang it! Help! What did you use to secure it to the wall so it is sturdy & won't fall. Thanks!

  22. I love this shelf, I want them all over my house now :o) I knows its late...but were there answers to the above? thanks!! :o)

  23. Hi there-- nice headboard... but my eye is caught on your bedding.. where did you get those pillow cases? thanks

  24. yes this looks nice and should be simple to build if the instructions were correct. as stated above where you say shorter the dimensions should be longer. also is it 1 inch longer total or 1 inch longer each end for a for a total of 2 inches longer. what type of molding did you use, just showing a picture does not help. why is this not updated?

    1. I just finished this shelf, the final black shelf shown was not made from the instructions. I believe someone else made the final shelf, not the person who wrote these instructions

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  26. Sherry Bagnell CummingFebruary 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    My son in law made this shelf for me, I LOVE it. It was a challenge figuring out how to hang it as it is quite heavy. My son ended up drilling holes into the back board and screwing it to the wall, countersinking the screws. I then filled the holes and painted over them. If you look really closely you can see where the holes are but this is a good thing as I will want to take it with me if I ever move!


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