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How to build a Headboard


This headboard is easy to build and will give a modern and cosy touch to any bedroom

. Get inspired from our blueprint and adjust the dimensions to your own bed and bedroom. The shelf space on top as well as the twin nooks on either side will be perfect for your alarm clock, books and other belongings.

The gap between the headboard and the wall behind it is for a closet with two independent clothes racks and several shelves. Building the headboard yourself, the possibilities are endless: add integrated lightings and match the colours and textures to the rest of the room.



3D View
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The structure is made up of metallic studs assembled together with Kinook blocks. These are crimped onto two metallic track studs screwed onto the floor. The whole structure is dressed with plasterboard panels.

The two small nooks will serve as nightstands. They are made with 6mm medium boards, a sturdier material than plasterboard.

The head board is positioned around 90 cm away from the wall behind, providing enough space to build an optional closet

. See blueprint for more detail. Donít forget to string cables through and to equip the headboard with 220V or USB plugs, and the lighting of your choice.



Step by step construction

Start by drawing the headboard outline onto the floor. Screw two metallic track studs onto the floor.
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The vertical C-studs are crimped to the track studs on the ground. Then, assemble the structure using C-studs and Kinook blocks. The structure will still be loose and can be adjusted by sliding the blocks inside the studs. The structure will be nice and sturdy once the panels have all been screwed on.

The studs for the nooks will be put into position once the rest of the structure is in place. More information on assembly technique for metallic structure.


The metallic structure is covered with plasterboard panels. Any other material such as medium can be used.
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Start by mounting the plasterboard panels on the side by positioning them against the structure. Carefully level the structure and keep the boards in place using clamps before screwing everything into place.

Adjust the metallic structure so that it is flush with the boards. The final dimensions of the construction rests entirely on the panels: this is why cutting the panels very precisely right from the start is very important. More details on Kinook building techniques page.



Creating the nightstand nooks

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Cut the openings for the nooks directly into the headboard plasterboard using a jab saw. Adjust the opening using a mini plane. Crimp little pieces of track studs onto the studs to create a surface for fixing the sides of the nook.


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The nook is created with 6mm thick medium panels. Unlike plasterboard, the medium will not dent and scratch. Also, with medium, the angles of the nooks will not need to be reinforced.
Before installing the medium boards, lather the nook in plaster (or plasterboard glue) and scrape off excess once all boards are screwed into place. This gives the junctions a nicer finishing.


Corner bead

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Staple them into the plasterboard panels then apply compound.

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Plug the holes with wood filler (MDF) and plaster (plasterboard), sand then apply a finishing compound before painting.
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Construction details

Donít forget to string cables through the structure to equip your closet with lights and sockets The nooks can be created directly on the structure frame as per picture below.
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download the blueprint



Shopping list
petite-cale-kinook X 32 7 C-studs (length 2.50m)
grande-cale-kinook X 4 rail-R48 2  track studs (length 2.50m) 
32 small Kinook blocks and a Extra blocks box.

See also

diy-bedroom-closet DIY a Custom Closet