Why buy store-bought when you can illuminate your room with this LED Backlit Pallet Headboard? We needed a headboard but didn't fancy the cheap-looking store-bought rubbish. I didn't want a headboard all clad in leather it's not me. So, I decided to make one. I built this in about five hours, and it used about five pallets. I included the time spent breaking the pallets down and rough sanding/planing them too.
How to build your own LED Backlit Pallet Headboard:
This is a fairly straightforward design. First, create a frame. It can be as simple as three extra-long stringers or 2x4 boards cut to the width you want. Next, I removed the nails, rough planed and sanded the deck boards. I cut the deck boards to the same length and then installed them onto the stringer frame with screws. Then I made a frame, mitering the corners for a finished look.
There are a few ways to install the lights. 1. Use a router and carve out a bit of the back of the frame to hide the lights. 2. Add another strip of wood to raise the wood from the surface of the headboard to create a space to recess the lights a bit. 3. Cut a small rabbet out with a dado blade, or several passes of a table saw, to name a few choices. To finish this piece, I installed the LED lights, drilling a small hole to route the cord through the back of the headboard.
This was quite a fun project, to be honest, and what makes it better was that this LED Backlit Pallet Headboard was FREE except for the lights. They were only about seven quid. (approx. 9.50 US dollars) :) That's a lot better than what you'd pay for one of those leather-clad headboards that seem to crack in only a couple of years.