Do It Yourself Headboard Project: Cornice Headboard

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Do It Yourself Headboard Project: The Completed Cornice Headboard

Adding a cornice headboard to your bed will not only will dress up your bedroom, but it will also give the room a more spacious feeling. These instructions show you how to create your own cornice headboard. We have downloadable instructions, too.

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced

Time: About 8 hours

Cost: About $100

Tools and Materials


Step 1

Layout the desired design for the front and sides on the plywood and cut them out with the circular saw. If your design has any curves to it use a jigsaw to cut them out.

Do It Yourself Headboard Project: Cutting the Wood


Step 2

Fasten the front and sides together with a nail gun or finishing nails and glue.

Do It Yourself Headboard Project: Attaching the Sides


Step 3

Measure and cut the decorative moulding to size and attach them to the cornice box with nails and glue.

Do It Yourself Headboard Project: Attaching the Moulding with a Glue Gun


Step 4

Fill all nail holes, sand all rough edges, remove any dust and then prime and paint as desired.

Do It Yourself Headboard Project: Painting the Cornice Headboard


Step 5

Use screws to attach a 1×3 ledger board to the studs. Then attach the cornice to the ledger board. If your cornice is on the heavy side, then you will want to use a bigger ledger board.

Do It Yourself Headboard Project: Attaching the Headboad to the Wall


Step 6

Install the curtain rod hangers and hang the curtains.

Do It Yourself Headboard Project: Attaching the Curtains


Step 7

Hang a picture and a light for added effect. Or just keep it simple.

Do It Yourself Headboard Project: Cornice Headboard

 Download printable instructions for this  do it yourself headboard project and get started!

And while you’re at it, take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog.