We've talked and talked and looked and looked specifically for a bed or headboard to get the mood of our room started. The trouble has been that not only do my husband and I have a hard time agreeing on furniture, but there is also the limiting factor of our mattress setup. We have a King, Tempur-Pedic mattress (that I am absolutely obsessed with, btw), but that's not the challenging part... The challenging part is that it sits on one of those mechanical bases - you know, the kind that will lift up the the head and/or foot of the mattress to your desired setting and vibrate/massage. (We so fancy, right?) Well with a mattress base like that, it turns out you're very limited to the kinds of beds you can buy that will actually fit and accommodate the mechanical base underneath. So because we had a hard time finding something that would actually work for us, that we BOTH liked, to simplify it all we decided to eliminate the entire bed part and just focus on finding a wall mounted headboard. Easy-peasy... You would think.
After sending my husband photos and photos.... and more photos of headboards that he simply had no interest in, I finally forwarded along a link I had found on Pinterest and said "...Or we could make this one instead." I figured it was a total shot in the dark because I didn't think he would like it (and I was even more certain he wouldn't want to have to make it for me); but I went for it anyway because I LOVED the headboard and just HAD to have it. To my surprise and delight he actually really liked it and agreed to make it! So needless to say, my spirit soared with glee and I quickly put a shopping list together and went about hunting for pallet boards immediately so we could get started.
Full, detailed instructions on on how to make the headboard can be found here.
I checked craigslist for pallet boards, which turns out to be a great resource for them if you're ever in the market for a project you're working on. It also helped that I live in farm country out here in Gilbert so I didn't have to drive far to pick some up. I found a guy who said for $5 I could take as many as I wanted! I know some people say you should never have to pay for pallet boards, but honestly $5 isn't much and I was happy to pay a little something. I don't usually feel comfortable just taking things from people, even if they offer. I'm too much of a "giver".
The plans on Live Simply's website had sconces attached to the headboard - which I loved, but I decided I want lamps on my nightstands so we skipped that step.
We we also made our headboard a little wider. The dimensions Live Simply used were just narrower than the size of a king bed (which is 74") and we wanted ours to go just wider, so our dimensions were 80"x42" but of course you can do whatever fits your style preference.
Once you have all of your supplies all you have to do is start cutting up the pallet boards, arrange them on the back of the plywood, nail them on, paint it, sand it, hang it up and you're all done! It's so cute and so simple and I seriously couldn't be happier. It was exactly what I wanted.
Thank you Live Simply for the instructions and inspiration for a beautiful headboard that my husband and I both enjoy. Now I can begin putting the rest of our room together and continue working towards making it feel as romantic and relaxing as I want it to be.