Of course since I'm a newbie at the whole making furniture thing and I'm also kind of broke, I decided to take it easy and design something that would be simple and CHEAP.
The end product looked like this:
What you need:
- 5- 1x6 boards cut to the dimension of your bed frame. This is a full bed so the boards were cut to 53 inches.
- 2-- 1x4 boards cut to the length of your headboard including any gaps between the boards and if you want them level with the headboard or if you would like them to be a little lower. This is all preference.
- Our headboard length of the 1x6s (without gaps) was 27.5 inches. We added 1 inch for the total of all gaps, but I wanted the vertical boards (1x4)
- Wood Screws (I used 1 1/2 inch)
- Anchors with screws (size 8, 1 /3/4 inch length)
- A Level
- Paint (either spray paint or actual brush paint)
- Sand paper (recommend at least medium)
- The more rounded you want your edges, the higher grit you should use. A rough sandpaper will help you get the soften look faster, but then you'll need to go back over it with a fine sandpaper to smooth out the roughness. With a medium grit sandpaper, it isn't necessary to go back over it with a fine sandpaper, but you can depending on your preference.
We marked that on the board and we drew a line across each board with a level and lined them up to make sure it all was straight as a precaution.
If you put the top and bottom together first then you will be assured that the 1x4 will have the same gap on the top and bottom (the 1/2 inch), then when you add the center board you will have created equal gaps between all boards.