Project Overview

A bedhead can be an attractive focal point in your bedroom, and one decorated with rope is easier to make than you think. We’ll take you through the tools and simple steps to build a rope bedhead and give your bedroom a makeover.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Fix the headboard frame together
3 Attach supports to the frame
4 Attach ply to the bottom of the frame
5 Paint the frame
6 Cut the rope to length
7 Attach the rope to the headboard
8 Attach the first rope panel to the frame
9 Attach the other panels
10 Move the bedhead into place
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    The size of your bed will determine the width of your bedhead. Once you’ve worked how wide and high your bedhead needs to be, have your timber pre-cut to size at your local Bunnings. For our project, we cut 2 x 1510mm lengths and 4 x 1430mm lengths.
  • Step 2. Fix the headboard frame together

    Lay the timber on a workbench in the shape of the frame. Making sure the edges are flush, use the nail gun to assemble the frame. The 1510mm timber is for the top and bottom of the bed head, while the two 1430mm lengths are needed for the sides.

  • Step 3. Attach supports to the frame

    To give your frame some extra support and stability, you will need to use the other 1430mm timber as studs. Measure and mark out two spots along the top and bottom of the frame. Then use a nail gun to fix the two support timbers where you’ve marked.

  • Step 4. Attach ply to the bottom of the frame

    To give the frame extra stability, you’ll need to attach some ply. Lay your 1500mm x 500mm plywood down at the bottom of the frame so that it’s flush with the edge and attach with a nail gun. 

  • Step 5. Paint the frame

    Choose a colour that suits your bedroom and paint the ply using a roller along the bottom of the frame and the frame edges. You won’t need to paint the timber supports because they will be covered by the rope panels.

  • Step 6. Cut the rope to length

    Lay the rope over the board that you’re going to wrap. Make sure there is enough rope overhanging on either side so that the rope can be secured to the back of the board on both sides. Cut all of the rope you need to this length. For the 510mm x 480mm MDF boards, you’ll need to make the rope about 580mm long. For the 500mm x 490mm boards, the rope will need to be 600mm long.

  • Step 7. Attach the rope to the headboard

    To attach the rope, apply hot glue to the back of the board at the top. Stick the rope down and then staple it in place. For each row of rope, make sure you pull it tightly across the front of the board while you glue and staple. Repeat this for every row of rope, then across all of the panels you need for the bedhead.

  • Step 8. Attach the first rope panel to the frame

    Line up the first panel so that it’s sitting on top of the piece of ply at the bottom of the frame with the rope running vertically. Screw the panel into place in each of its corners. Then you can pull the rope over the screws to hide them. 

  • Step 9. Attach the other panels

    Take the second panel and place it next to the first but with the rope running horizontally. Attach the panel with your drill and cover the screw with the rope again. Repeat this to form the chequered pattern on the bedhead.

  • Step 10. Move the bedhead into place

    Move the bedhead into place against the wall. You can either use brackets to secure it to the wall or just let the bed keep it in place. 

Tools and Materials


  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Drop sheet
  • Hot glue gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail gun (and glue sticks)
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Saw horses
  • Staple gun
  • Utility knife
  • Workbench


  • 510mm x 480mm MDF sheets x 3
  • 500mm x 490mm MDF sheets x 3
  • 1500mm x 500mm ply sheet
  • 1510mm x 70mm x 35mm treated pine x 2
  • 1430mm x 70mm x 35mm treated pine x 4
  • Interior paint
  • Nails
  • Rags
  • 8mm rope
  • Screws

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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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