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Bohemian Pallet Headboard

  • 1 pallet

  • easy

  • 1h

  • $50

This pallet headboard is not only super easy, but it's unique and not your typical pallet headboard. This organic design looks amazing in a bohemian style room.

Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames

Tools needed

  • Six-foot pallet (I cut up a 10’ pallet – but a four foot could work)
  • Jigsaw (if you need to cut your pallet)
  • Hammer (to remove pallet boards from the front and even a few from the back to lighten it)
  • Sandpaper (if necessary)
  • Brad nail gun
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • One 3” x 8’ select pine board – header board for a finished look
  • Five 1.5” x 8’ select pine boards
  • Eight 2.5” x 8’ select pine boards

My pallet was about 40” tall. Depending on the height of your pallet, may affect the number of horizontal boards you need. I started with the three-inch header board and then used a small – big – big pattern. Small meaning the 1.5” boards, and big meaning the 2.5” boards. You can use any pattern you like.

Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames


  1. Prepare the back-side of your pallet – Cut the backside pallet boards to the desired width. I used a six-foot-wide base for a king-size bed.
  2. Prepare the front-side of your pallet – Use a hammer to gently pull pallet boards off of the front side. These boards will be replaced with the select pine boards.
  3. If necessary, sand any rough spots on the pallet boards.
  4. Prepare the pine boards – remove the price tags and staples from the end. Lay your pine boards out in the order of your pattern. I made sure to pick the best side of each board before installation. Tip: When you’re purchasing your boards, try to avoid bowed or marked boards.
  5. Use the brad nail gun to attach the header board. I used eight-foot-long pine boards, so there was one foot of board extending past the pallet on each side. Measure both sides and line up the top header board before placing a brad nail in the center of the vertical pallet board.
  6. Use one of the small pine boards as a spacer board in between each pine board. This creates a .75” space between the boards. It’s the perfect amount of space visually and it’s convenient to use one of your existing boards.
  7. With your pine boards lined up in your desired pattern – place your spacer board against the top header board and line up your next pine board. Place one brad nail in the center of the board – you can glance at the header board to line up your nails. Then remove the spacer board and use it between the next two boards. Tip: Pine boards aren’t an exact eight feet long – they may be a hair off – so I used a ruler to line up the boards on the side of the headboard that would be seen the most.
  8. Once all your boards are attached – you're done… almost!
  9. You can use sandpaper to touch any rough edges on the pine boards, but this isn’t necessary.
  10. DO NOT pick up the headboard by the pine boards – brad nails are not strong enough to leverage the weight. You must always handle the pallet boards to pick up, move, and install this headboard design.
  11. Installation is up to you. You may not want it attached to the wall – just pressed between your bed frame and wall. Or you may have a different way to attach it, but I used French cleats to hang the headboard onto the wall. I used small pieces of 2 x 4’ boards and cut one side at a 45-degree angle (after Jeremy showed me how to angle the miter saw – that was scary and fun).
  12. Then simply reach into your headboard to lift it from the pallet boards and hang on the cleats. Install the cleats at the height you desire. I opted for a low profile look and left the headboard an inch from the ground.
Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames
I marked where to cut my pallet – evenly on both sides so that the vertical supports were symmetrical.
Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames
I just used a jigsaw because this side of the pallet faces the wall.
Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames
Then I removed extra horizontal boards to lighten the total weight. I left boards that I would need to install the headboard to the wall.
Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames
This shot is upside down, but it shows the base cut, sanded, and lightened.
Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames
Be sure to layout your pine boards in the pattern you want – checking each board to make sure you know what side you want face-up. Then use the .75″ width as your space between each board and line up the ends.
Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames
I used French cleats to hang the headboard on the wall. A French cleat is a piece of 2×4″ board that has one end cut at a 45-degree angle. I pre-drilled the cleat and wall after finding the studs and measuring the correct height to match the board on the pallet. The 45-degree angle should face the wall. Be sure that both cleats are even so that your headboard isn’t crooked.
Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames
All done and installed! You can see the fourth board from the bottom is bowed a little, but luckily the bed will cover it.
Bohemian Pallet Headboard Pallet Beds, Pallet Headboards & Frames
The final result!


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Amy Wadsworth

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