Avi Urban DIY – The Tin Headboard

Our showhome decorator Marnie is constantly finding ways to make a statement in a new home. With a tight budget and a creative timeline, our decorating team is all about making the latest trends our own. With the help of our construction team, she’ll be showing you how to create some seriously stylish DIY projects.

Show stopping headboards are making a statement, and I’ve been seeing them everywhere on my shopping trips. I like how they ground a space and give the room a focal point, while still reflecting your personality. Here’s how you can make a headboard that costs way less than the ones you’ll see in major furniture stores – but still has major style.

DIY Tin Headboard

Skill Level 6/10 (Half day project and power tools required)

Cost: $300


1 – Large piece of plywood (60 inches wide by 36 inches tall)

2 –   1×4 pieces of wood

6 or more –  Tin ceiling tiles or backsplash tiles, painted with white primer

4 – Pieces of trim, measured to size (two pieces at 36 inches, two pieces at 60 inches)

1 – Quart of pearle white paint (Rustoleum Metallic brand)

1 – Pot of spackle or putty

1 – Tube of PL Premium or other adhesive

1 – Can of white primer.


1 – Measuring tape

1 – Caulking gun

1 – Skilsaw

1 – Mitre saw

1 – Nail gun

1 – Drill/electric screwdriver


Step 1: Size Up Your Materials

Trim all of your wood. Your headboard should be 60 inches wide for a standard queen bed. Your 1×4’s should be cut so they span the entire 60″ headboard, plus 24-36 inches to stand behind your bed. You’ll need to cut your trim using a mitre saw so the angles are 45 degrees and fit together. Have your hardware store cut them, or use your own tools.

Step 2: Secure the Legs

This is where you’ll set the height for your headboard. Measure in 4 inches and use a drill to create 3 holes in the plywood and 1×4’s, so they line up. Or, use shorter screws so you don’t have to pre-drill. Ensure that the 1×4’s are the right height for your bed.

Step 3: Stick Those Tiles

Lay out the plywood and use an adhesive and caulking gun (we like PL Premium) to secure each tile to the board. Make sure the seams line up, are tight, and the plywood wood is covered completely. You can fill in the gaps with the putty later, if need be.

Step 4: Install the Trim

Here’s where your trusty nail gun comes in handy. Apply the trim to the outer edges of the plywood, making sure none of the edges are showing. Use a few nails for each piece of trim, and then fill the holes with a little putty or spackle. Sand the filled holes and paint the trim using your chosen paint colour. You don’t have to worry about priming this trim, it usually comes pre-primed.

Step 5: Paint Your Piece

Now you’ll need to use a roller to paint everything, including the ceiling tiles, trim, and 1×4’s. Start by priming everything, then paint with the pearle white paint or the colour of your choice. You might need another coat of paint, just depending on the colour you’re using.

Step 6: Install Your Finished Piece

Your headboard is now complete. Just place it between your bed frame and your wall, and secure it to the frame or wall if you prefer.

We love the look of this headboard, because it’s bright, stylish, and looks amazing in a small space (especially on a feature wall). For more DIY ideas, you can find tons of inspiration on our Pinterest boards.