DIY Queen Pallet Bed and Headboard

DIY Queen Pallet Bed and Headboard

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So, I’ve been looking around and toying with the idea of getting a “grown-up” bed for some time now. The college days of a $30 frame holding up the box springs were over. I walked around World Market a few weeks ago, and it was then that I really decided that I wanted a more adult looking bed. The price tag for furniture still astounds me most days. So, naturally, I fired up Google and started poking around. I ended up looking at pallet furniture ( which is basically furniture made from re-purposed pallets ). I found this guy’s posts (headboard and bed) and was convinced I could build it without much of a problem. I also wanted something smaller, so Packets could get on and off the bed without me worrying about him breaking his legs each time. The plans I found were perfect for those goals. All in all, it cost me about $130-140 for the headboard and bed. I pretty much used the plans found on his site. Except, I modified the measurements to fit a queen size bed instead of a king.


Quick trip to Lowe’s resulted in some lumber. IMG_1496 IMG_1499


I finally got to use my new Kreg pocket hole jig and clamp. Best money I’ve spent in a while…seriously. IMG_1500 IMG_1501


Chloe swore up and down that the bed was way too small. I told her to prove it.
She, Packets and his 50ft leash fit nicely. IMG_1502




She’s not into sanding…. but beating up the wood with a bag of random hardware was her thing. IMG_1511


Sanding for hours.IMG_1513 IMG_1515


Packets and his ham.IMG_1522


Mom and Chloe staining. We used Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut.IMG_1524


We waited about a min or so, then wiped off the stain with rags. I took some 220 sand paper and LIGHTLY sanded the stain, so that it was a little uneven. IMG_1535


I brought the bed into my bedroom and made quick use of my staple gun. Notice I used a 2×4 as a spacer. IMG_1540 IMG_1541 IMG_1544


Packets checking out how it’s going.IMG_1545

Here is where the headboard was started. Looking for a good excuse to used the pocket hole jig, I made some holes in the bottom board.IMG_1553


All we needed to do here was know how wide the head board needed to be. Then, we picked one or two random numbers and cut to those lengths. The last board for each row just needed to make the row equal to the width of the headboard. Taking a sharpie, we noted the row each board belonged in. I then took each row and sanded them smooth with 80/220. I also drilled holes in the ends of the boards to make them appear to be old pallet boards. I beat the drilled holes with a hammer too, to add to the effect.IMG_1555

We then took some of the spare 1×3 wood from the bed slats and pulled all the rows flush with screws. IMG_1560

Each row was individually stained by Chloe. She left the stain on longer on some boards and put water on some. The effect was pretty cool. The headboard appears it was made from different kinds of wood. But it was all the same kind of wood and same stain. IMG_1558

Some more pocket holes to pull the top down.IMG_1559

Put on a thin coat of satin polyurethaneIMG_1561 IMG_1563


The end result.



// lance

10 thoughts on “DIY Queen Pallet Bed and Headboard

  1. Hey Lance-
    I’m “that guy” from the king-sized plans. If nobody’s told you yet (though I’m sure that they have), this looks absolutely awesome! It’s really cool seeing someone go through the same process I did a few years ago. Great work!

    1. Yeah man it was a lot of fun. Thanks for the idea. I just finished a dinning table using the same method that I will have to post up soon.

  2. This headboard looks awesome. When looking at your bed, the headboard looks like the wood is a lot thicker than it is. I can’t wait start making mine. Thank you for posting.

    1. I used lag bolts (4) to secure the headboard to the frame. Two in each leg of the headboard. I should have taken pictures of it good catch.

    1. Since this frame is designed to hold just the mattress and not the box springs. I’m afraid you will need to measure your own mattress to ensure your’s will fit.

  3. I noticed you posted measurements on the dog bed but not on this one, I’m wondering why not. All queen-sized beds measure the same width and length, while they can differ in depth. King-size beds and twin-size beds can differ in length. Would it be possible for you to post the materials for this project, as you did for the dig bed?
    Thank you for taking this project on.

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