How to Attach a Headboard to a Wall 

by Team MD


Buying the bed of your dreams can cost up to $5,000 but you can get it cheaper if you like a challenge and DIY projects, so why not learn more about how to make it and how to attach a headboard to a wall

Making a bed frame is an easy DIY project that doesn’t require high skills or sophisticated tools. However, if you also want to add a headboard to rest your head peacefully or keep you warm during the cold winter nights, you might need some help. 

With the right tools and clear instructions, you can do this and save thousands of dollars that you would have normally paid a professional contractor and the furniture company. Let’s take a closer look at the process. 


How to make the headboard 

If you have the time, energy, and imagination, you can save big money on your home decor with the help of DIY projects. Luckily, there are numerous tutorials that show you step-by-step how to build a bed frame, a headboard, and how to make the most out of every inch of space in your bedroom. 

Depending on the size of the headboard, you’re looking at a total cost of $100-$300, assuming you already have the necessary tools to mount it. Most of this money will be spent on fabrics, while the mounting hardware shouldn’t cost more than around $30-$40. 

As we previously mentioned, the total costs of the project depend on the size of the headboard and the fabrics used to manufacture it, so make sure you pick something that doesn’t only look good but is also of good quality to last you for some years. 

The first step of the project should be designing the headboard, so make sure you do it thoroughly. Your sketch doesn’t have to look too detailed or artistic, as long as you got the measurements right. Make sure you consider the size of the headboard in advance and the type of the bed you will be using it on (queen size, king size, single, etc.). 

Depending on your preferences, you’ll want the headboard to be at least about 2 inches wider on each side than the bed frame but you can always opt for bigger headboards. 

The materials you are going to need for the project include plywood boards (to make the base of the headboard on which you will later glue the fabric), a whitewood board, pocket hole screws, wood screws, fabric, project foam, upholstery tack trims, batting, spray adhesive, and staples. 

Again, the right dimensions for each of these items are determined based on the size of the headboard, so we cannot stress enough the importance of precise measuring. 

As a general rule, we suggest you buy at least an additional 1-2 feet of fabric that you would normally require to have some extra in case something goes bad or needs to be redone. Once you have all the materials, tools, and accessories ready, you can start making the headboard. 

Finally, don’t forget to let the materials rest for a while after assembling them to make sure everything is completely dried and ready for the next stage. 


How to attach the headboard to the wall

Assuming the first phase of your DIY project went well and you built a good-looking headboard from scratch, it’s high time you put it on display on your bedroom wall.

The process isn’t very complicated or high-skilled but you still need to pay attention to a lot of small details to make sure everything is perfect and you don’t just randomly drill holes in your wall until you get it right. 

Wall-mounted headboards are a more affordable alternative to the built-in ones from beds and they are often the choice when it comes to hotel rooms. Many homeowners choose the same path to reduce their costs and opt for this alternative instead of buying a bed that already comes with a big and lush headboard. If this is the case for you, here are the steps you need to follow to enjoy the best results. 


Step 1

Consider the role of the headboard and think about the best height for it, depending on your needs. If the headboard has a purely decorative role, it should rest lower. However, if you plan on using the accessory as a backrest, measure the distance carefully. 

Sit in a comfortable position on your bed and mark the height that feels resting and relaxing for your head. Place the headboard at least a couple of inches lower than the point so you can enjoy the same level of comfort even if you choose a slightly different position. 


Step 2 

Do some online research to find the nearest wall studs on the market. You should find a wide array at any home improvement stores or furniture stores but the online versions could be cheaper. Keep in mind that wall studs are usually 16 inches apart, so select items that are the farthest apart while still being behind the headboard. 


Step 3

Purchase at least four sets of flush mounts and use each of them to hang the headboard and make it feel sturdy and reliable. First, you should attach the bottom flush mount to the wall. Drill it all the way into the wall and a chosen stud, then put the headboard against the wall and mark the point where you should attach the second part of the mount hangers. 

Use the same drilling machine and accessories to drill another set of pilot holes into the headboard at the markings for the mounts. Attach the mounts to the board opposite the direction of the wall mounts or while facing them down. Make sure everything else fits perfectly and then proceed to attach the headboard to the wall. 

Depending on the size and weight of the headboard, you might want to consider an additional set of flush mounts to make sure the accessory won’t fall from the wall. Don’t forget to use a ruler before drilling any holes so that they are at the same height, as otherwise, the headboard won’t be attached straight.


Glue your way in 

Another solution would be to use silicone to glue the entire headboard to the wall, similar to how handymen glue mirrors to walls. However, the solution is messier and will leave marks on your wall should you ever decide to change the layout of your bed or bedroom. 

Moreover, if the headboard is too big and heavy, silicone might not be strong enough to hold it in one place for longer. In time, humidity, as well as changes in temperature will weaken the structure of the silicone, which may cause the headboard to either fall off the wall entirely or at least move to one side or drop a couple of inches. 

Silicone is a great idea if you have concrete walls and regular screws might not do the trick. In this case, you can also use more powerful drilling machines that cut through concrete, as well as bigger, thicker screws. 


What other options are there?

Heavy-duty picture frames or mirror mounts can also be used and they are available at any hardware store. They are inexpensive and relatively easy to install. To do so, you’ll have to use a stud finder to secure the anchor into the wall as firmly as you can. 

If this method seems too difficult to perform, you can always choose a French cleat. The main difference between French cleats and regular mounting brackets is that the first ones don’t require wall studs. 

You can make your French cleat from two pieces of wood cut to rest at a certain angle on top of each other. Additionally, you can replace wood with metal for thicker, heavier headboards. The metal version is easier to attach to the wall and will only float the headboard about 0.25 inches from it, as opposed to the wood one that makes it float for around 1 inch. 



Creating your own headboard and attaching it to the wall in your bedroom is a more affordable version than buying a bed with one. It is also a nice DIY project you can do by yourself or with a trustworthy partner and will completely transform your bedroom. 

There are numerous step-by-step instructional videos online you can use as a referral when trying to build the headboard. 

Once the accessory is ready, you can choose from one of the many options to hang it to the wall and turn it into a comfortable headrest for you and your partner. All you need is a good drilling machine, some screws, and other hardware easy to procure from the local hardware shop. Again, if you lack the knowledge and skills to do so, you can choose an online video that shows you exactly how to do it. 



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