How To Make a Board and Batten Headboard

Hello Everyone!

How’s your summer going? I hope you’ve been enjoying some nice sunny weather!

Do you remember the One Room Challenge I participated in and tackled our Master Bedroom? If you want to see some before and after pictures of our bedroom, check it out here. The board and batten headboard pictured below was one of the many DIY projects in this makeover. Today, I’d love to share the tutorial of the headboard!

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MDF baseboards (these came in a package of 10 8foot pieces from Home Depot. Ours were already primed)

Wood Filler

Paint (color of your choice)

1. The first thing we did was figure out where exactly we wanted the headboard. My husband made it 2inches wider on each side of our bed. (Note: We have a queen size bed, so if you’re using this tutorial for a single, double or king you’ll have to change the measurements accordingly.

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2. My husband cut the 4 pieces of wood pictured above 73 inches in length. That is from the floor to the top of the headboard. Don’t fasten them to the wall just yet. 🙂

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3. The top horizontal piece is the first one you will fasten to the wall. It is 64inches in length.

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4. Fasten A and D to the wall first. B is 16.5 inches from A. And C is also 16.5 inches from D.

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5. Next, you’ll cut 6 pieces of wood 16.5 inches wide. These are the pieces pictured above. We decided not to go all the way to the floor as you’ll never see the bottom part of the headboard with the bed being there. Pieces 1, 2, and 3 are exactly 13inches from the top horizontal piece. Fasten them to the wall. Next, pieces 4, 5 and 6 are exactly 13inches from 1, 2 and 3.

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6. I didn’t get a picture of the next step (sorry!!) but you’ll want to use wood filler to fill any cracks where your joins are. Sand them off after they’ve dried and reply wood filler as needed. This is a little tedious but important for a smooth and perfect finish!

7. When your surface is totally smooth and there are no cracks,  you can begin painting. My husband gave ours 3 coats of paint.

8. We also decided to put some crown molding on the very top and I think it just gives it a beautiful finishing touch. It will be 64inches wide if you decide to apply one.

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One thing we would do differently next time, is paint the wall before you fasten all the pieces of wood on. I think it would just make painting more smoothly and quickly.

I hope this helps you install a headboard! It’s my first ever step by step tutorial of something we made and designed. I’d take more pictures of each step next time but I hope it helps anyway!

Have you ever installed board and batten in your home? I think if he’d have time, my husband would install it in every room and hall way and stairway…. well, you know! Everywhere 🙂

Thanks you so much for coming to check it out! I appreciate my readers so much!

Have a wonderful weekend,


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  1. Kristi says:

    This is STUNNING! I’ve thought of doing a whole wall, but it never occurred to me to do a headboard … I LOVE it!!! The white looks so crisp and pretty against your dark grey walls too!

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks so much for your sweet comments, Kristi!! I think a whole wall would look fabulous as well… give it a try 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks so much Lisa! I always appreciate your encouraging comments 🙂 That chandy was $100 and it was on clearance for $20! We may have bought more than one 😉 Thanks for coming by!

  2. AmieJo says:

    This is a great idea. You make it look easy to make. We don’t have a headboard so maybe I can talk my husband in cutting the wood so I can make this. Thank you!

  3. Michele says:

    I <3 your head board!!! I've been waiting to make one and I might make mine one section lower. I still have to finish painting my light gray walls. Great advice to paint my wall first:) Pinned!

  4. Ashley says:

    This is absolute perfection. I am definitely going to try this out. I was just wondering, how did you fasten the wood/mdf to the walls? with glue or nails? I live in a rental so i have to be mindful of that

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Richella Parham says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I love board-and-batten wall treatments, of course, but I think I like this even better! The white looks especially stunning against the dark wall. Great job!

    Thank you for joining Grace at Home! I’m featuring you this week!

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