DIY Barn Door Headboard

DIY Barn Door Headboard

I’ve been drooling over barn door headboards for years now and finally found the perfect one! 

Simple to make, fit the budget, and most importantly, a willing father to help! My dad came into town for the holidays and we busted this thing out in probably a total of 8 hours all together. It was insane. And the price… that’s the best part. The grand total was under $200!

This was my inspiration for the headboard. I saw it on Pinterest months ago and loved its simplicity…

Unfortunately it didn’t link back to any of the correct places and I couldn’t find a tutorial, so it was kind of made up as we went :) . So here it goes…

DIY Barn Door Headboard

Wood (1×6 8ft) $5.32 each at Home Depot 22 pieces
Miter Saw
Pipe Clamps
Wood Glue
Measuring Tape
Ok, take a deep breath before you get started. It seems like a lot with too many supplies, but it’s actually pretty easy!
I wanted my headboard 7ft tall (perfect for my ceiling height and still able to fit through standard doors and awkward hallways easily) so start out by deciding how big you want it. Keep in mind the sizing I used is based on a king bed. Cut your vertical pieces of wood to the height you want.
 Each barn door will be created separately. First, put together 8 of your vertical boards UPSIDE DOWN and tighten with pipe clamps. Measure the boards across and cut a  horizontal piece to fit.
Put wood glue on the back of the board to help secure it better.

Place the board underneath and use a hammer to secure it and make sure it’s even. Then screw in the board, using 2 screws per vertical board. (Sorry, no screws shown here yet. Keep reading for a visual of the back.)


Repeat these steps 3 more times. One at the bottom and two in between, measuring first to make sure they’re even.
Stand the barn door up and holding your top diagonal piece, measure it and use a pen to mark the cut. Repeat for the bottom diagonal piece.
Cover back with wood glue
Fit in place. If it doesn’t quite fit perfectly you can shave off a little at a time with your saw.
While the door is still upright put a screw on each end (through the back) to secure the board in place. Then lay the entire door flat so you can drill the screws into the diagonal piece. Use a board as your guide so you don’t drill your screw through the front.
This is what the back should look like with all the screws in place…
Repeat steps to complete the other side, making sure your diagonal pieces are opposite. When your doors are finished give them a quick sanding, then lift the doors up and smile :) !
I used a few scrap pieces of wood to test colors and ended up with a mixture of these stains: Rust-oleum “Sunbleached” and Minwax “Classic Gray”. (Not 100% sure you’re supposed to mix brands, but it worked, so I went with it! :) )
Brush stain on with a paintbrush and quickly wipe off. My stain (of course) took a lot darker on the actual barn door, so I used a wet rag to apply, then rubbed with a degreaser to remove some of the stain and give it that worn look. I ended up scrubbing quite a bit to get the look I wanted.
When you’re happy with the color, wait for it to dry then place your lights (optional). Drill a hole for the cord to come through the back and screw the lights into the board where you want them.
( I purchased these lights in the outdoor light section of Home Depot. They come without cords on them. All you have to do it purchase a separate cord- in the same section-, then cut 1/2 inch of the lights plastic covering over the wires and connect those wires to the cord wires. Wow, did that make any sense? )
To hang my headboard we screwed three small pieces of wood into the studs of my wall, then drilled three screws diagonally into the top of the headboard and straight through those pieces.
When it was finished one door was sticking out a little more than the other (which was fine by me!), but my dad decided it wasn’t good enough so he cut square, angled pieces to connect both doors.
I could not be happier with the results! I finally have the bedroom of my dreams and L.O.V.E walking into my room every single time! It’s fun, it’s different, and totally me!
If you have any questions about it I’d love to help! Send an email to .

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  1. Love it. Pinned it.

  2. I LOVE this! So classic and yet personal to your taste. Awesome. Pinning :)

    Newlyweds on a Budget

  3. I’m so in love with this. Thanks for taking the time to make it into an awesome tutorial, too! So glad to have you partying with us this week! You’re being featured on today’s Tuesday Ten:

    Have a fabulous week!

  4. Really, really cute! Great job, I’m inspired and will be pinning this too! Little Bit from

  5. This is gorgeous!!!! I wish I had an extra room to decorate just to make one!!!

  6. Wow I never would have thought to DIY that. It looks fabulous!!

  7. Beautiful! The stain color is perfect! Can you tell me what “degreaser” you used? Did you spray it on and then wipe the stain back, or how did you apply it? Thanks!

    • Honestly I was out of my favorite degreaser (Citra Solv) so I used whatever I had! :) It was a citrus based degreaser though. I’d stick to more natural degreasers on this one, although I have used goof off to remove stain also! To apply it I dumped a little on a wet rag then rubbed it over the wood. At the end I completely soaked the rag in the degreaser and scrubbed it until I liked the color and left it like it was. Hope this helps! Let me know if not!! :)

  8. Beautiful headboard (Cabeceira). Looks amazing in natural wooden look.

  9. um….yes. this looks great, and how fabulous that it’s diy!

  10. Show and Tell Saturday is LIVE at Sassy Little Lady! I’d love to have you come join the party!


  11. Seriously, this is amazing! Pining for future reference.

  12. beautiful! I would love to feature your headboard if that would be ok please let me know.

  13. Oh wow, that is awesome!

  14. Gorgeous – what a statement headboard!

  15. Oh girl you knocked that one out of the park SUPER cute!!

  16. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR COMMENTS!!! Wow I’ve been so touched with all of your sweet remarks! Glad you like it :) Thanks again!

  17. That is incredible!

  18. love the barn door, but I really love your bedding! Tell me about that! Did you sew it yourself or can you tell me where you found it?

  19. This is beautiful! I was wondering, where did you get your bedding? I LOVE it!!! Please share.


  20. very very nice idea. I would never think of transforming a barn door into a headboard.

  21. So I have been wanting to make a headboard for a long time and was going to use old barn wood, but I think this will be better. I am thinking I am not worried about the area behind my bed so I was thinking of cutting this down and just doing the upper part and attaching it to legs to help it stand up right. Would this work with this do you think? Hopefully that makes sense. BTW, my friend just told me about Bam bam’s. Gonna make a trip before the Summer is over. Thank you for the tutorial!

  22. Elise says:

    Love this! How much were the lights? Thank you!

  23. This is amazing, just shared this post on my facebook page when it popped up on my newsfeed. Its such a beautiful idea and bedroom. Thanks for sharing! x


    Hi, maybe a dumb question…but I was just discussing this project with my husband and he said “How do you turn the lights on and off?!” Did you wire this in to a light switch?? Thanks

  25. Robin A. says:

    Look your barn door headboard! My husband is making me one this weekend for my birthday present! Thanks for the step by step!!!

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  27. wold give anything to know about the blue comforter (duvet?).
    Love it, love it. Any suggestions on where to find?

  28. oops–nvm…just saw in earlier comment. :)

  29. This headboard is the perfect rustic look I need to add to my sons bedroom. Thank you! I bookmarked this post so we can create this headboard:)


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