World’s Easiest Pallet Headboard

If you’ve ever asked me what BC does for a living, you probably remember me saying “I don’t know.”  It’s true…I don’t.  Here’s what I do know:

There’s a crate shop involved.

This crate shop is the source of LOTS of scrap lumber.  And pallets.

So, when I couldn’t figure out a way to make my initial dreams of a corrugated metal headboard be non-tetanus inducing, I decided to go the free route and use some pallet wood.  I thought the rustic wood would be a nice contrast to the white board and batten and that it would go well with the vintage car vibe we’re going for, too.


BC came home with a double sided 42” pallet.  Apparently both of those characteristics are rare?  (Shipping dork alert!)  I loved the look of it so much that I decided not to rip it apart.

I found this fabulous light at Lowe’s in the outdoor lighting section:

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I bought a cord kit and wired the light to work as a plug in.  I’m not going to tell you how to do this, because I’m not an electrician.  You should probably consult one before you do this.  Open-mouthed smile

I mounted the light to the pallet and loved it

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but it needed some height.


I went for another cheap and easy solution.

BC cut me three 17” pieces of a 4X4 and a 42” long piece of 2X4.  We screwed the legs (the 4X4) to the 2X4 and then mounted it to the bottom of the pallet.



The bed frame will be bolted directly into the 4X4’s.

Whether or not I stain/paint/something that wood to make it the same color as the pallet has yet to be decided.  It’ll probably depend on how visible it is once there’s bedding on the bed…that’s how I roll.  I’m also pondering another potential addition to the headboard involving something I got in the ducting section at Lowe’s.

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In the mean time, I wanted to remind you all about the $100 Lowe’s gift card giveaway I’m running through noon tomorrow.  GO HERE to enter.

And while you’re waiting to see what else I’ve done to the room/if you’re the lucky gift card winner, head on over for your FREE Subscription to Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine:


Disclosure:  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card for this month’s room makeover challenge.

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  1. Did you sand the pallet? Love the way this looks!

  2. Have I ever told you how awesome you are? LOVE the pallet. Now how do I get BC to bring one home for me *wink*

  3. I’ve heard BC’s job description makes for some great business cards…

    LOVE the headboard. The room is amazing.

  4. we’ve needed a headboard for… ever. never had one, but it’s creeping to the top of the fix-up list. i was thinking tufted, but now i can’t stop thinking how cool that would look with our king-sized bed…

  5. gotta love the hard to describe jobs! My hubby’s cousin went to school with me and when the class was asked what their dads’ jobs were, his answer was “A stripper.” LOL imagine the teacher’s face! And I mean he was a short sturdy half-bald man of good repute so she was pretty perplexed! Well, part of his job included stripping down used printing press plates… lol.
    Now, if you were to ask me what my husband does for a living, i’d automatically say ‘he owns and operates a foundations&basements company.’ but if you were to ask me to tell you what he actually DOES, I’d mumble something about grade beams and pouring basments and forms and then mutter that I don’t actually understand half as much of what he tells me as I pretend to. Buuuuut he doesn’t know what a selvedge is. So there.

  6. Really cute! Great idea.

  7. Looks great! Love the addition of the reading light!

  8. LOVE!! And splinters are much easier to treat then tetanus but I am sad about the correggete metal!

  9. This is very cool.

  10. Fab work Char. I am sure that Macy loves it.
    P.S. I don’t care what BC’s job description is. He has a trailer.

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  13. I have pallets at my house. I love this idea! I’m going to do it!!!! YEAH

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  15. I would be worried about splinters during recreational activities,

  16. KaLen Park says:

    Love the article, especially the pictures! I was on here looking for padded headboard tutorials, and came across you. Although I’m doing something different, your detailed photos showed me how to attach the headboard to the bed which is something everyone else refers to, but doesn’t actually show a decent shot of. I’m a really visual person. It’s how I learn, think and everything else. Without that one piece of the puzzle, I’ve been putting off making my headboard. No more delays!
    THANK YOU! I can’t wait to read more!

  17. Gail hadley says:

    I was always told u cannot use pallets inside because they r treated with chemicals?

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