How to Make a Pallet Headboard – Useful Step by Step Guide (2019)

At least once in a lifetime, we order some useful stuff which arrives on wooden pallets. It may be either building materials, home appliances or even machinery for the garden. We greatly enjoy the products but we don’t really know what to do with the packing material we don’t need.

You may think it can be nice for the fireplace – or not necessarily? Wait, especially when you are good at making something with your hands! We’ve got a couple of ideas about how to make a pallet headboard.

Things you need:
  • Wooden pallets
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Hammer
  • Nail puller
  • Hand sander and sandpaper
  • Paint/ stain /varnish and brushes
  • Miter saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Nail gun (or simply hammer and nails)
  • Measuring tape
  • Sockets
  • Two nightlights

How to make a pallet headboard step by step – an easy-to-use DIY navigator

Sure, you can make a unique bed by yourself for yourself and your dearest one. Especially, if you want new furniture after refurbishing and have got some building stuff on pallets.

You have a chance to get an extra hand from your wife, friend or neighbor guy. You are likely even to get inspiration vibes from your pet curious about the progress every now and then!

Sounds intriguing? Then let’s get started!

Step 1. Sweep and wash the pallets

Either on your barn or warehouse, obviously, wood pallets are not too clean. Actually, they are not supposed to be either as they are used to protect goods from damage – and dirt. However, when they turn into a DIY craft material which you bring inside your bedroom, things are going to change.

So, sweep off the dust and scare away the spiders and other unwelcome inhabitants who might find their shelter there – if there are any, of course. Wash the pallets thoroughly and let them dry.

Step 2. Choose the place

Somehow, you must bring the ready item in! So, make sure your staircase is not too narrow and the door is not too low. If the future product won’t fit either of them – you’d better make your kingsize pallet headboard inside the room.

Also, it would be useful if you haven’t got a hand to take the headboard upstairs. It may appear to be not that simple to do that alone.

However, it is still preferred to get the things done outside if you want to paint or stain the future headboard to avoid the severe smell in your room.

Step 3. Disassemble the pallets

You have to take off all the slats from the frame. Use a reciprocating saw which cuts both nails and wood. With a reciprocal saw, the process is faster, but a nail puller will do as well. The main thing is your desire to achieve your goal – to get rid of all the nails you don’t need.

Not much fun, right? That’s probably the most boring job but the result is worth that.

Step 4. Sand everything thoroughly

Unprocessed wood is rather course – and to get splinters from your bed is annoying, isn’t it?

So put some sandpaper in your hand sander and work with it until you get a proper smooth surface. It is better to do that outside to avoid the wood dust in your house.

Step 5. Mount the frame and electrical sockets

Measure your bed mattress to know the right size of the pallet carcass. Put all parts together using a nail gun or electric screwdriver. If you don’t have any – an ordinary hammer and screwdriver can do the job, too but not the same promptly.

Most important! Fix the frame on the wall properly!

Now, you will need a couple of sockets to plug the lamps in. If you think you may lack skills to complete the task successfully – leave it to professionals just to be on the safe side.

Step 6. Adjust the slats

You don’t want your DIY pallet headboard to look like the original rough package, right?

Your creativity in making your own pattern of wood will be rewarded. Just double check the size for a perfect match. This is the case when haste makes waste.

A miter saw is surely better, yet you can do it with an ordinary saw as well. Then, it is time for the nail gun to come into the scene.

Don’t forget: you will need holes to mount the lights.

Step 7. Add some colors

Here you are free to choose the style that suits you best. Paint your DIY craft with any color – either gloss or low gloss. Make it black, white, grey in the Scandinavian style or kaleidoscopic bright if you are a fan of boho. We would recommend some calm tones for a bedroom however but it is up to you to decide!

For the rustic or shabby-chic effect, you can age the item with stain, linseed oil or give a coat of varnish.

Step 8. Fix the lamps

Drill holes to mount the nightlights. A pallet headboard with lights makes the atmosphere cozy. It gives you a wonderful opportunity to do things you and your spouse get used before falling asleep, for example, reading, knitting, solving crosswords, watching TV – anything you like.

Adjust shelves to keep items you need in your bedroom within easy reach. Add some touch of nature with pot plants. Put a photo of your favorite vacation time to wake up with a smile – whatever you think appropriate.

Your DIY craft is ready – enjoy!

Things you do yourself are the best for that simple reason that you know best what you want. Anyone can try to match your style but they can only imitate and echo. Just because only you can do it exactly the way you would like it to be.

All you need is just a pair of hands, some free time, required tools and of course – wood pallets.

You don’t have all the electric tools mentioned? No problem, there is still a good option of usual ones. It will take a bit longer but you will achieve the expected result anyway. The thing is you can always find the way to create a wonderful décor item making your sweet home even sweeter!

Congratulations! Now you know how to make a pallet headboard! Ready to try? Yes, you can!

Don’t miss out our upcoming DIY tips for wood home improvement! We will post them soon!

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