DIY Chevron Headboard

It’s Thrifty Thursday here at Farmgirl Follies! I absolutely love DIY projects and this chevron stripe headboard turned out to be one of my all-time favorites — especially since it’s made from lovely, old, aged barn wood from here on the farm.

How to make a Chevron-striped headboard

To make a chevron striped headboard you will need:

  • 1×4 boards in whatever style wood you like (we used old Poplar barn siding)
  • 1-1/4 inch screws
  • Various pieces of scrap wood to build a frame and center supports


Step 1: Build the frame.
Our headboard will measure 30 x 60 for a queen bed. You will need to adapt yours to the size of the bed and your preferred height. Create a rectangular frame with three center supports. Use material at least two inches wide to give yourself plenty of room to place screws later. When finished, you will have two horizontal pieces (ours is 60 inches long) with five vertical pieces, including the two ends (ours are 26 inches high). This frame will be the support that you screw the chevron stripe boards to — the vertical center lines are where the wood V’s come together.

We used pocket holes and screws to create stronger joints.

Cut boards at 45-degree angle to make a chevron striped headboard.

Step 2: Cut the boards to create a striped pattern.
I enlisted my husband’s help to cut the boards. I don’t mix well with table saws and geometry! Boards will be cut at a 45-degree angle at both ends.

  • Cut one end from the first board at a 45-degree angle. Working from the left side of the frame,
  • Center the first board’s 45-degree cut on the second vertical line of the frame, so it angles back to the outer edge. Mark the end and cut it at a 45-degree angle, too,

Hint: We used a carpenter’s square to test and double check the angle of the boards laying on the frame.

Using a BLACK+DECKER cordless drill to make a chevron stripe head board from old barn wood found on the farm.

The next board will fit between the second and third vertical supports on the frame … and so on, until you’ve created one, horizontal chevron stripe. We measured and cut the first four pieces to create one continuous “stripe” — the basis for the rest of the headboard. Note: It’s important that this first row is as correct as possible. It will be your reference for all of the others!

Creating a chevron strip headboard from old barn wood.

  • Cut and fill in the rest of the pieces (both ends cut to 45-degree angles) until your frame is full.
  • Tack them in with a pin nailer (or small nails hammered in) from the front to hold everything in place, then flip the entire piece so you can screw it together from the back side.

Countersink screws with a BLACK+DECKER lithium cordless drill to ensure boards don't split.

Step 3: Screw the boards to the frame from the back side.
We made sure to countersink the screws, first drilling a pilot hole with the countersink. We were at the ends of the boards and wanted to ensure they wouldn’t split. 

Frame and center supports for headboard.

Here’s the finished back side of the headboard — and yeah, we gave the new drill a good workout. It was definitely up to the job. To finish off the project, we add a trim board around the outer edge on the front. Just attach it to the wall with brackets or screw into the studs.

DIY headboard with chevron stripe patterns in the wood.

And now it’s sweet and stylish slumber!


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  • comment-avatar
    rebekah June 12, 2014 (8:43 am)

    I like that it stops “automatically”. I’m always getting in trouble for stripping the screw!

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    Becky June 12, 2014 (9:01 am)

    This is gorgeous-you did an amazing job! I love this drill-it would be great to have one made for a female! I love that you can set a depth and also that it stops automatically (can you tell I tend to overdo it!?) What a cool giveaway!! Thanks for the chance:)

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    Sue Henderson June 12, 2014 (9:02 am)

    I like the size. I would use it for various projects around the house and garden. Right now it would be a garden fence. AND it could be my own and I wouldn’t have to hunt the garage one down every time, cuz it travels!

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    Stephanie Dane June 12, 2014 (9:21 am)

    I love the easy to read pictures on the top of the drill…Battery indicator and Drill vs Screw feature. I also love that if will stop you before you strip out the screw! Would love to have this as my own!

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    MAC June 12, 2014 (12:00 pm)

    I have my OWN toolbox in my laundry room. Every so often I find things have wandered to the garage or barn. I have a small black and decker cordless screwdriver but a larger drill would certainly come in handy!!! Sign me up!!! The hubby refuses to use my tools – maybe because they are pink, I don’t know. Does this come in pink? HA!!

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    Rancher Girl June 12, 2014 (1:24 pm)

    I LOVE the depth feature on that drill! I really need something like that. HAHA! OH the projects on my list…. The one that would require this drill is a reclaimed wood board to display my huge 5′ star! I want to put it on our bedroom wall.

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    Joyce Gilbert June 12, 2014 (7:00 pm)

    Love that it fits a woman’s hand. I’m working on collecting my own set of tools. This would be a perfect addition. I have a whole list of dyi projects in mind!

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    Kathy B. June 12, 2014 (9:55 pm)

    I like that it has a battery life light indicator, is very versatile, and can be used in dark creepy crawly spaces thanks to the LED light. Being a new home owner, many diy projects are always popping up and power tools always make the job go just a tad more smoothly. It would be a nice addition to have, especially as we prepare to install new flooring in our home.

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    Holly B June 12, 2014 (11:13 pm)

    The autosense technology looks great! I’d love to make raised beds for our garden.

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    1wisepenny June 13, 2014 (7:18 am)

    With that drill in my hands, I see lots of trouble, I mean projects, in my (husband’s) future.
    All the features sound great, I do like the light feature.

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    Andrea at Opulent Cottage June 13, 2014 (9:27 am)

    I love EVERYTHING abut his drill! If you saw our old one you would know why 🙂 The automatic stop feature could be particularly helpful! Great giveaway!

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      Jennifer Kiko July 1, 2014 (6:42 am)

      Andrea, you have been selected by random draw as the winner of the BLACK+DECKER drill. Congratulations! (I will contact you for shipping information)

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    Nancy June 13, 2014 (9:42 am)

    Sweet headboard! Sweet drill! Now, to sweet talk my hubby into doing this project!

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    Kelly D June 13, 2014 (11:37 am)

    I like that this drill can easily change between the drill and drive modes. We would use this drill to extend our deck.

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    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos June 13, 2014 (3:59 pm)

    I like the depth control to prevent you from stripping screws!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

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    Emily June 15, 2014 (11:33 pm)

    Love the automatic stop feature, and the fact that it is not huge, and a woman can easily hold it.

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    Andrea Rust June 16, 2014 (6:48 pm)

    I love the automatic stop feature. Hard to mess up!

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    Kelly June 17, 2014 (5:51 am)

    Automatic stop, hallelujah! I am in the middle of revamping my craft room and I am in need of more storage. Perfect tool for hanging shelves! 🙂

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    Denise Konkel June 18, 2014 (6:08 pm)

    This looks awesome! I would use it for a Pinterest DIY project I saw..using a piece of restored wood and turning it into a curtain rod. My favorite feature is the battery holds a charge up to 18 months-awesome!

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    christine jessamine June 18, 2014 (11:53 pm)

    I love the led light on this. I would love to use this to make book shelves

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    Melissa June 19, 2014 (11:28 am)

    I like the simplicity and the drill’s ability to make micro adjustments. We recently found an antique door in our old barn. We are planning on refurbishing it a bit and turning it in to a headboard also. This drill would work great for this project.

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