Materials: Sultan Lade bed base(Art.#: 600.797.88), Sultan Lade bed base(Art.# 758.446.09)

Description: Was recently making my daughter’s MALM bed and spotted the bed slats. Wow! What fine pieces of pine, already cut to size and sanded smooth…hmmm…what can I fashion with those?!

Reclaimed pieced wood furniture seems to be all the rage these days. I have been admiring several pieces from different popular retail stores that I have tasked my husband to copy. (His specialty is “Rustic.” 🙂

However; this baby is mine! Well, ok, he helped with the nail gun. And glue. He is a big fan of wood glue. In fact he tests all of his pieces by standing on them and bouncing. And he is a big guy! (6’3″, 200 rocks) He claims that wood glue is the secret to a strong piece. 😛

Step 1:
Remove fabric and staples from bed slats.

Step 2:
Finish slats desired color(s). I chose to use colors that would look good in my Mom’s house, as I made this for her.

Step 3:
Arrange bed slats in desired configuration.

Step 4:
Glue and nail pieces together.

Step 5:
Add top trim(I used a 65″ pine board stained to match.

Step 6:
Attach headboard to additional wood as supports attached to metal bed frame or attach to wall.

Final Notes:

I used 20 of the queen slats on the front, 8 on the left, 8 on the right, and 2 on each edge front facing. I used 10 of the twin slats, 2 in the middle of the headboard and 2 down each side as trim. There are also 2 on each side in between the supports and larger front pieces. (See diagram) There are 3 wood supports in the back that the ends of each of piece are glued and nailed to. I nailed from the front because I did not have the right size nail to come in from the back but if I had it to do over I would get off my lazy bad word and go to the local hardware store.

All and all a very simple project as wood pieces are perfect size for queen headboard as they are from a queen bed frame. I had to do very few cuts and they were all simple and straight. The time consuming part for me was the finish work. I used several different stain and paint techniques in order to achieve the end result. However, if I were to use a consistent finish on each piece I estimate the entire project would take less than a weekend if you include drying time.

~ Novey