I've pretty much decided to create a simple headboard using a
1" by 12" board that I will cut to about five feet long and cover
with foam and fabric. I want to attach it to a wall under a window,
so it needs to come out about six inches from the wall.
I was thinking of using six-inch lengths of 4" x 4", attaching them
to the wall, and attaching the headboard to them. But is it
possible to attach a six-inch long 4" x 4" to the wall? Do they
make screws that long?!!
Thanks in advance.
Put an l-shaped lip on it before you upholster it.
>|--| Screw ( > ) from the front of the headboard, use a
| piece of 1 by 6 for the horizontal piece, 1 by 4
| for the "hook" on the back
Headboard (End view)
:-) No need for all of that! when you buy the 1 by 4, get an 8'
length, what you don't use for the 5' hook will be plenty of
scrap to make yourself two brackets to hold the thing. Make the
brackets and make sure you hit studs with them, and you'll be
set. Combination of gravity and the hooks will keep it siting
on the brackets.
Each bracket is made from 3 pieces of wood. Doing some quick
math here...8' - 5' = 3' of wood left over, divided by 2 = 18"
for each bracket, you'll need 3 pieces, so cut 6 pieces each
about 6" long (they'll be hidden, not critical length)
Here's what your bracket looks like (best I can do with text
| End view, 3 pieces of 6" 1" by 4"
| v ( The v and ^ are screw locations )
And how the headboard bracket lip will sit on the brackets:
XXXXXX (End view)
| X Headboard "hook"
| X sits in this groove
> | Screw this surface to your wall
It *IS* going to tilt a little! -- The bottom of the headboard
will naturally tilt in towards the wall. If that's not good
for your taste, you'll need to add a couple of support pieces
at the bottom to keep that from happening.
The hardest part should be getting the height where you want it.
Do your best with a tape measure and level to place the two
brackets, and don't be surprised if you need to re-mount them
an inch higher or lower than your estimate. Remember, they'll
TP / Network Man __________________________________
If u want the races for free,
I have some experience as a handy-man and wood worker and this is the
type of project that I feel I may be of help with. If this were my
project,I would do it this way:
I would cut 2 sections of 1X12 six inches long. I would attach these 2
sections to the wall using drywall screws and medal brackets [the type
used for securing joists-very inexpensive] Position the brackets
inside of the 6" end pieces. Now attach the 5' piece of 1X12 to the
ends of the 6" pieces using drywall screws.
I always use drywall screws for these type projects. They are
strong,cheap and easily removed if necessary.
Also you may want to add another board to the top to make an
Hope this helps.Good luck with your project!
are you adverse to attaching it to uprights that attach to the bed
and have the screw head (and maybe washer) go through two inches of
4x4 and then into the wall.
Another option would be to attach the "spacer" to a sheet of 3/4 inch
plywood, and then attach the plywood to the wall. Then you can screw
through the plywood into the 4x4.
If you use the other poster's suggestion of attaching the headboard to
1x12x6" spacers, i would definately cut another spacer to fill the
^ Ewwww wwwwE
| Eww wwE
v Ew wE
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE <-face board
E = edge of board
w = flat of board.
This will prevent racking of the box and make the whole thing much
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
We made a headboard once - used plywood then covered it. We attached it to the
bedframe. It was unbelievably heavy - trying to move the bed for any reason -
was a PITA. I've seen the headboard fastened to the walls in some motels where
we stayed and thought it was a smart choice. Of course, changing the covering
if you get tired of what you have might be a problem.
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