Paneled Headboard Tutorial


Thanks to everyone for all of the comments and feedback on my paneled headboard wall project.  I still find myself going in there and just looking at it.   A sign of a good end result for me.  So, here is a step-by-step tutorial to help you create this look in your own home.  It’s not difficult, it just takes a little time and attention to detail, so don’t be scared. 🙂  This post contains some affiliate links.

Paneled Headboard

So, I promised a tutorial!  This project was extremely affordable – all that I needed was some MDF boards since we already had the big tools we needed (nail gun) from when we did the board and batten in the hallway and laundry room back in January, as well as the trim paint.   So, the basic supply list includes the following:

So, since we were putting the headboard between the two windows, I took some measurements to try and figure out the best placement of the boards.  (Yes, there is some math involved here, sorry).

I sketched out the space and started by taking the measurement between the two windows (55.5″) and cut the larger, 5 1/2″ piece of MDF and nailed it to the wall.  This is the base for all of the vertical pieces, so make sure it’s level.  As for the height of the headboard – I eyeballed it and it ended up being about 78″ tall.  I wanted to have enough height so that it would show up once I put the pillows back on the bed.

For the vertical 2 1/2″ strips, I took the overall measurement between the two windows (55.5″) and divided it in half (27.75″), using it for the placement of my first board, working outwards from there.

DIY Headboard

I used a 12″ piece of wood as a spacer for this project, which is an easy way to move from board to board.

DIY Headboard

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of using a level in this project.  When putting a grid together like this, you want to make sure the boards are straight.

I used the same technique when adding the horizontal boards.  The squares ended up being about 12×12 when it was all said and done.  One note here – before cutting your horizontal boards, double check your measurements.  In making sure the vertical boards were straight, my 12″ measurements were off by a few millimeters, so we had to do some extra cutting to make sure the pieces fit.

DIY Headboard



It’s not pictured above, but we added a 1×1″ piece along the top to give it a more finished look.  You can see it in the finished photos below.  But, from here, it’s just a matter of caulking around the boards and gaps, spackling the nail holes, sanding and painting.  I used trim paint that matched what we have in the house in a latex semi-gloss.

Paneled Headboard



Wood Paneled Headboard


Paneled Headboard Tutorial


Paneled Headboard


Paneled Headboard Wall

Some of you asked what color pink I used in her room – it’s Priscilla by Sherwin Williams.  After having a Pepto Bismol pink incident in her room at our old house, I vowed not to make that mistake again and made sure that I bought a sample size to test it first this time.  Much happier with the results!



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    November 17, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Beautiful! I'm trying to think where I could do this in my house. And can I ask where you got the wreath? (Or if you made it?) Looking for a similar type of wreath to hang on my bathroom mirror…thanks.

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    Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy
    March 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Hey Jenny, I just want you to know that I'm finally making this headboard! I have this on my pinterest page and have it linked in my post today and will continue linking as I go through the room make over. Thanks so much! As soon as I saw this last year I knew I wanted to make it. Hubby did it for me last weekend, now comes the paining of the room.

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    Chase the Star
    May 4, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Hi! Wanted to tell you that I LOVE your headboard, and you did a great job! I love board and batten, but never thought of using it as a headboard!

    I'm featuring this on my Friday's Fabulous Furniture Finds at Chase the Star!

    Please go check it out, and grab a button! Congrats!


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    City Farmhouse
    July 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Jenny,
    I love this headboard, I am going to pin it!!!! Your home is beautiful, off to look some more.

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    Natty by Design
    February 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    amazing. pinning for later!

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    April 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Was just looking thru some of your pics! This room has AMAZING written all over it girl!!!!!

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