Pallet Headboards w/ Light

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Project by Tesla77 posted 08-05-2013 02:31 PM 6353 views 19 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the wifey wanted this:

Not wanting to take a loan out for it, I went to the drawing board and sketchup’d a simple yet functional plan.

Sourced some solid pallet wood that was tight grain and in decent shape. I used my handy Sawzall to cut the boards off the pallet supports. This made for relatively quick teardown and preserved the nails on the show face. I ran new 1×4’s around the perimeter and secured the 2×4’s with the pallet wood sandwiched in between. This worked great. I finished by lightly sanding and staining the wood with Minwax. Galvanized light was purchased from Lowe’s ( and I hardwired to the light with romex and a power cord. (

The last 2 pictures are of a wider headboard I made. This was a bit more challenging as I had to support the boards from behind where they were separated. Both were secured with bolts to the metal bed frame.

All in all, I happy with the way they turned out.

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 05:22 PM

Looks great. My wife just asked me last night to make her a pallet head board… looks like I have some inspiration now. Good job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 07:30 PM

Holy Shit, 2 grand for the Posh Kids one?

Yours looks better too, it has a kind of industrial/minimalism thing going on.

Great photo btw.

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 07:35 PM

This has a lot of quaint charm about it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 12:12 AM

great use of reclaimed wood, very nice rustic look. The vintage style industrial light completes the package

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 12:47 AM

Well done! I want one!


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#6 posted 08-07-2013 02:13 AM

This looks great, I have zero experience with electrical stuff. Do you have a tutorial or can you point me in the direction of wiring a light to a switch that plugs into the wall? Looks great!

-- Measure Once, Cut Once, Be Unique

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 04:11 AM

Thanks for all of the kind words. Means a lot. :D

—>travislucia, I would be happy to send you a quick schematic. Look for a PM.

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#8 posted 08-08-2013 04:43 PM

Awesome looking headboards! Love the finish and the rustic look. You know how to make pallets look that great.

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 02:46 PM

Very well done. I am amazed at how nice pallet wood can be used somtimes.

-- “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Teddy Roosevelt

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 02:56 PM

Nicely done.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 07-15-2015 02:11 AM

Hi. I was wondering what stain you used on the second headboard not with the light, it’s beautiful

Thank you!

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#12 posted 07-17-2015 02:24 AM

Hi. I was wondering what stain you used on the second headboard not with the light, it s beautiful

Thank you!

- Tamwake

I believe I used Rustoleum Kona for that one.

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