I decided to add a southwestern theme to my bedroom using a large pallet my son brought home from work. The pallet measures 60 x 75 inches and makes an impressive queen size pallet bed headboard as is. The only modifications I made were adding furring strips to fill the gaps between the boards, which cost 75 cents each at Home Depot.
The cost of paint, floating shelf hardware, and lumber was around $60, not including the recessed light fixture from Amazon and art pieces found on Craigslist.
I have very little woodworking experience, and this is a project any beginner can quickly build.