Determine the overall size of your bedhead.
Determine the overall size of your bedhead (length and height) and if you would like to incorporate bedside tables into your design. Our bedhead has been designed for a double bed with one bedside table (2100 x 1300).
You can find recycled timber at a local timber yard, roadside pick-ups, or even in your own backyard! Old hardwood fence posts are perfect! The amount of timber required will depend on how big you'd like your bedhead to be.
Choose your pieces for the perimeter frame.
Choose your pieces for the perimeter frame. Cut each piece with a 45 degree angled cut, so that your frame is mitred all the way around.
Screw frame together
Screw frame together at each corner. It's a good idea to pre-drill and counter-sink these screws.
Cut the two rails for the back of your bedhead
Cut the two rails for the back of your bedhead. These are what your timbers will be fixed to. Screw these rails into place from the side of your frame. It's important to set your rails back to allow enough room for your feature timber to sit inside the frame.
Cut pieces to length
Cut all your feature pieces to length. Ready for fixing to the rails.
Stand your frame upright
Stand your frame upright. Insert all your feature timber pieces. We’ve varying lengths and thicknesses to create a rustic, staggered look.
Have your drill and screws ready
Have your drill and screws ready to go. With someone at the front of bedhead holding each timber in place, screw through the back of your rail into the feature timber. We've countersunk our screws into the rail. Be careful that your screws don't protrude through the face of your feature timber.
Prepare your bedhead
Prepare your bedhead ready for a stain or lime wash by sanding any rough edges and cleaning with a wire brush. Be sure to blow or sweep off any loose dust and dirt.
Test your stain or lime wash on a sample piece of timber before you apply to your bedhead. Experiment with different finishes using limewash, mineral turpentine, old rags and a wire brush.
Apply your stain or lime wash
Apply your stain or lime wash using a brush, and depending on the look you’re after, wipe off with a clean, white rag as you go. If you are hoping to create a more ‘washed’ look, be sure to only apply lime wash to one or two timber boards at a time – to ensure stain doesn’t dry before you’re ready to wipe off.
We've brushed on a limewash to one board at a time, then quickly wiped off with a rag.