Headboard Bench Tutorial

Hey gang- Kevin here!

I’ve had a few requests to post a headboard bench tutorial, so here goes! (Please keep in mind- I am not a professional carpenter by any means, and I was completely winging it on this one as usual!)

I started out by plugging in this guy…

We call him “Jaws”. :-)

I gathered up a bunch of wood and pieces of beadboard paneling we had laying around from past projects- as well as a tape measure, a pen, some wood screws, an electric drill/screwdriver and a square. (which is actually shaped like a triangle- go figure)

I chopped up some 4×4’s to act as the legs, and some 2×4’s to connect the dots…

(You can click on any of the photos in this post to enlarge them for a closer look)

I attached a piece of plywood to the top…

Then I tipped the whole thing on it’s back and attached beadboard paneling to the front and sides…

To finish off the edges, I attached some decorative wood trim across the top edges and a 1×4 board around the bottom…

I used L-shaped moulding to cover the seams on the corners, and I used a thin piece of wood to cover the seam, in the middle, on the front side…

The last step was to attach the headboard to my newly constructed base by using long wood screws.

Once I was finished putting it all together, Layla painted it and distressed the edges…

It only took us two days to complete this project- that’s my kind of time frame!

I naturally gravitate to this spot now whenever I put on my shoes before leaving the house.
It’s also become a popular spot for my…..hmmmm….let’s see…..uh…..culinary-challenged wife to sit and watch me cook. :-)
I love seeing her sitting there- knowing that I (somehow) created this neat little seat for her so she could sit and talk to me (a mile a minute) about all the other things we could build together.
Hey, she might not know how to cook, but she sure has a way with junk!

Hope you have a great week and that this tutorial is helpful!


P.S. ┬áHere’s a video I shot while making this guy!

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  1. CobyLyn says

    Hi Kevin, Nice job! Love the victory dance! Did you guys repaint it when you repainted the kitchen cupboards? If so I’d love to see it.

  2. Regina Harrison says

    What a great idea! I may use half of the top of an old table in a similar application, then use the other half to make a small table to fit under a window.

  3. Ashley says

    I really like this concept! My parents have a really small enrty way next to the front door and have been looking for something to put there. I’m thinking we can downsize in the width of the bench a bit…This may just be the thing! Thank you…nice job!

  4. Lisa Putnam says

    This is such a great idea, LOVE it! I have an old headbord that will be PERFECT for this. Only thing I will do different, is put some hinges on that peice of plywood so I can use under the bench for storage. That is the packrat in me!!!

  5. says

    Sweet idea! I happend to have a random twin size headboard that a friend gave me earlier this year. I’ve been ashamed of myself for taking it since I had no idea what I was going to do with it…until now. Can’t wait to tell my husband how beneficial my hoarding can be at times :)

  6. Angela says

    You know, if you put some black hinges on the front, and a knob or handle about an inch from the head board you would have storage. For blankets, pillows, etc. Great job, loved it.

  7. Kathy Gatley says

    Kevin came over from pinterest to check this out and have to say you really made me smile! I could see my husband as you worked on that bench. He was always the same way. I want to thank you for making the video and my day.