How To Make A Headboard From Wood Shims

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HOMEMADE FLOOR CLEANER – Anchor your bedroom decor with an eye-catching headboard that mimics the classic design of a parquet floor. With a large piece of medium density fiberboard, a stack of shims, and a hot  glue gun, you can put this project together in just a few hours. Leave the shims in their natural state, or paint or stain them as desired.

Instructions and Procedures How to make a headboard from wood shims

What you’ll need :

  • Tape measure
  • Medium density fiberboard (MDF ) or plywood ( our piece is 56 x 49 inches for a full size bed)
  • Two 49 inch pieces of 1×1 trim with mitered corners
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Shims ( we use 216 )*
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


  • Step 1

Gather materials ( a ) and cut the MDF and the trim ( or have it cut when purchasing )

  • Step 2

Secure the trim to the outside of the MDF using the hammer and finishing nails to create a frame ( b )

  • Step 3

Lay out the design of the shims, starting in one corner and working down one side at a time. Use six shims per block to create the design shown here, for each block, try to use shims from the same package so they are. Similar wood tone and length. ( shims can vary by 1/4 – 1/2 inch in length from one package to another )

  • Step 4

Continue laying out the entire design ( c ). make sure you like the pattern and that you account for any irregularities in the shims. Add an extra layer of shims along the bottom if you need to fill in.

  • Step 5

Glue each shim to the MDF using the hot glue gun ( d ). take your time so you can adjust for any gaps or irregularities. Continue gluing until you complete the headboard.

  • Step 6

Paint or stain, if desired, or leave natural. Lean against the wall behind your bed or screw to the wall (attach  to studs),  reinforcing with anchors and  screws in each corner.


* Shims are somewhat irregular in size. Buy a few extra packs so you can avoid using damaged or shot shims.

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