I know! It’s been three weeks since you heard from me. Seriously–I don’t know how we’ve survived. It’s funny how life gets in the way of…life…sometimes. You know what I’m talking about.
We’ve been life-ing a lot around here. Loving on our new grandbaby, working on budget stuff, making new things for the house…it’s all good. Since you aren’t interested in budgets or house, I’ll give you a picture of Miss Maddy, who is seriously the light of our lives. I never knew how much fun grandparenting could be!
We have been doing other things besides being Mamaw and Papa though. One of our “high priority” wish list items has been a headboard for our bed. It’s a pet peeve of mine–I don’t like just having the mattress on a bed frame.
When we lived in Ecuador, we had a wrought iron bed frame made. It was absolutely gorgeous, and pretty much my dream bed. I always said that when we returned to the US it was the one piece of furniture that had to come with us…but when the time came for us to return I couldn’t justify the cost of bringing it back (somewhere in the neighborhood of $750-$1000).
Dan knew how much I loved it, and promised me that he would make sure I got another “bed of my dreams”. This winter, he made that happen.
The headboard is made out of an old door. We have a Habitat for Humanity Resale store near us, and they always have a selection of doors to choose from. After a good sanding, he added a shelf and some decorative molding, then painted it this lovely “black velvet” color (which is currently my go-to for furniture projects).
Our room is long and narrow, which makes the whole king-size bed thing a bit of a challenge. *Side note–if you’ve ever wondered what the secret to a happy marriage is…it’s a king-size bed. You’re welcome.* We knew that we needed to mount the headboard to the wall, rather than to the bed frame, but we also wanted it to be easy enough to remove should we decide to rearrange (or remodel, but that’s a ways off yet).
We also have our bed in front of the only window in the room, which presented an additional challenge, as we needed to clear it but still be able to open it when the weather gets warm.
After a bit of research, Dan decided that in order to mount it, he needed to use a “cleat” system, which I’m going to try and explain with lots of photos, while sounding like I know exactly what he’s talking about while he’s explaining it.
He took a 2×4 and cut it to the height of the door (33″). He then divided the 2×4 into thirds (11″ each) and cut the board at an angle so that it was 1/3 and 2/3 (11″ and 22″). The 11″ piece is mounted to the door, and the 22″ piece is mounted to the wall, like this:
There are two of these 2×4 systems–one on each end of the headboard. In our case, we were flanking a window, so we measured the window and used that as our distance measurement for the two pieces attached to the bed. If you are mounting it flush, we recommend mounting the door pieces about 6″ from each side edge of the door for stability, and then measuring to get your wall mounting position. Make sure when you are attaching the board to the wall that you find the stud–otherwise your headboard will end up on your head.
*Note–we needed our headboard to be 4″ from the wall in order to clear a window, so there is an extra board behind the mounting board in the top picture. If you don’t need this clearance, you can use just the one board.
Dan painted to boards to match the headboard/wall, but you can’t see them, so that’s totally a personal preference.
Now you just fit the bed cleat to the wall cleat. I’m glad Dan used the two different paints–it makes it really easy to see here how it fits together.
This particular headboard is very heavy, as we used an antique door, but with this system it sits tightly and doesn’t move at all. Because the 2×4 is the same height as the bed, it keeps the whole thing from rocking.
I am really pleased with how it came out, and I even admitted to Dan the other day that I like it better than the wrought iron bed we had in Ecuador! It’s funny how even a little thing like a headboard (OK, relatively speaking) can put a smile on your face.
“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it.”
― Mary Oliver