I always laugh when I think about the original design plan for our AirBnB, we were going for a Florida Keys feel but as we got settled and bought some stuff it's taken on a much more Polynesian vibe which I'm totally here for. I think it was solidified when I made this easy DIY cane inspired headboard.
When I was thinking of making a DIY headboard I had a few criteria in mind; First, I didn't have my saw at the AirBNB so it had to be a no-cut project. Second, it had to have impact. I was making it for a queen bed so I wanted it to feel grand. Finally, it had to include wood, rattan, jute and/or burlap to go with beachy feel of the space. This cheap and easy DIY headboard fulfilled the criteria and looks even better than I expected. As my husband said "This is one of your best DIY's yet" (which says a lot because he's witnessed a lot of failed DIYs).
Okay so here are the things I used to make this large DIY rattan-inspired headboard:
- 6 yards of cane or a woven fabric (I used a linen/burlap fabric because I couldn't find the cane I wanted at a good price. Be sure to look for sale fabric, I think I picked up 6 yards for $3 each)
- 3 wood planks (4 x 6)
- Wood stain
- 2 mending plates (3") and screws
- Platform Bed from Wayfair
First, after laying the wood on some paper towel I stained it to match the platform bed. After they were dry I flipped the wood planks over over.
Then I used the mending plates to secure the board together perpendicularly.
Finally, I used a staple gun to adhere the woven fabric to the wood planks and used a nail gun to secure the whole headboard to the wall.
That's it! I told you it was easy. It has such a great impact in the room and really makes it feel like a retreat.