DIY Slat Wall Headboard

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I’ve been slowly pecking away at my oldest son’s bedroom since the beginning of the year. Fast forward 4 months later and I’m determined to finally put on the finishing touches in these next few weeks.

The biggest project left to tackle was figuring out a headboard statement piece in the space. Since his bed is just a free standing frame I didn’t want to build something that attached to the bed frame but rather something that would be nailed to the wall where the bed could be pushed up to it.

I envisioned a trending slat-type headboard that encompassed the entire width of his bed and two nightstands. I am dealing with an angled roofline on this particular wall in his room so it made more sense to go wide than tall.

Horizontal wood extra wide headboard with black bedding and vintage side tables.

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Project Materials:

1×2 Select Pine (I used 8’ and 4’ boards)

Orbital Sander/Sanding Blocks

Miter Saw (only if cuts are necessary)

Wood Conditioner

Wood Stain

Painters Tape

Stud Finder

Brad Nailer

Wood Sealer

I started with 1×2 boards of select pine. I happened to have some on hand that were already at 8’ and 4’ lengths so I rolled with it so I wouldn’t necessarily HAVE to break out my miter saw for this project. I sanded them down and applied a quick coat of wood conditioner followed by my VERY favorite stain color, Special Walnut.

I let the board dry/air out in the garage overnight before bringing them into the house.

On install day I used my magnetic stud finder (this thing is amazing and under $8) and marked the studs with painters tape.

Next I used my brad nailer (with 2” brad nails) to attach the 4’ pieces vertically to the wall and into studs.

Finally it was time to install the horizontal slats. Typically on a slat wall you will see the builder EITHER choose to show the 1 inch side OR the 2 inch side. In true HHL fashion I decided to put my own spin on it and install the slats every other direction.

I started with nailing in a board exposing the 2 inch side. I used a few pieces of thin trim as a spacer then nailed in a board exposing the 1 inch side. Rinse and repeat.

I am beyond thrilled with how this turned out. Going with long slats was a solid choice and it makes an amazing statement in this bedroom. My 7 year old thinks it’s pretty cool too. Mom for the win!

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