Project Overview

If you’re looking for a versatile way to decorate a bedroom, a peg board headboard is a simple solution. It will look great and you can easily change it to suit your needs. We’ll show you how to make one in a few simple steps.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the timber
2 Assemble the frame
3 Attach the central support
4 Fix the pegboard
5 Make the border
6 Sand the pegboard
7 Paint the pegboard
8 Decorate the pegboard
  • Step 1. Cut the timber

    For this project, choose the headboard size that suits your bedroom or bed. You can then get your timber pre-cut to size at your local Bunnings. For our headboard, we cut the pegboard to 1830mm x 905mm.

    For the frame, we cut the 42mm x 19mm pine into:

    • 2 x 900mm
    • 2 x 1800mm
    • 2 x 862mm

    For the border, we cut the 30mm x 12mm pine into:

    • 2 x 1835mm
    • 2 x 877mm
  • Step 2. Assemble the frame

    Create a rectangle frame out of 2 x 1800mm pine lengths and 2 x 900mm pine lengths. Make sure the edges are flush. Use the nail gun to connect the frame together. Always wear your earmuffs when using the nail gun.

  • Step 3. Attach the central support

    Measure along the top and bottom of the 1800mm timber and mark the halfway point. Attach the 862mm piece of timber at these marks with the nail gun to support the frame.

  • Step 4. Fix the pegboard

    Place the pre-cut pegboard on top of the frame. Make sure it’s flush with the edges. Use the nail gun to fix the pegboard to the frame and the central support.

  • Step 5. Make the border

    With the 30mm x 12mm pine, use the set square to mark 5mm along each length. This will be the border overhang for the peg board. Use the nail gun to secure the border to the frame with the 5mm overhang. You won’t need to put a border at the bottom of the headboard as this will be sitting on the floor.

  • Step 6. Sand the pegboard

    With your dust mask on, give the pegboard a sand using 120 grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust before you start painting.

  • Step 7. Paint the pegboard

    Choose a colour that suits the décor of your bedroom to paint the pegboard. We’re using Malay Grey. Using a roller to paint the pegboard will give you a better finish and it’s much quicker to apply.

  • Step 8. Decorate the pegboard

    Once the paint has dried, move the headboard into place and use hooks to hang your favourite things where you want them.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Drop sheet
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail gun
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Pencil
  • Roller tray
  • Safety glasses
  • Sander
  • Set square
  • Tin opener

Materials

  • 1830mm x 1200mm pegboard
  • 30mm x 12mm x 2.4m dressed pine x4
  • 42mm x 19mm x 2.4m dressed pine x3
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Hooks
  • Nails
  • Paint
  • Rags
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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