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5 DIY Bamboo Headboard Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Bamboo Headboard

Bamboo is sustainable, fairly easily sourced, and can be easy to work with. If you’re looking to make a new headboard and have a good supply of decent bamboo, why not use it to make a natural-looking headboard for your room. Light bamboo works especially well in spacious and airy rooms and goes well with natural and neutral lined colors, but you can use darker bamboo or change the design so that it works equally well as part of a Scandi or Japandi décor, or in a boho bedroom.

To help guide you, below are 5 DIY bamboo headboards you can make yourself.

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Top 5 Bamboo Headboard Plans

1. Design Hack Bamboo DIY Headboard

Materials: Bamboo screen
Tools: Saw
Difficulty: Easy

Bamboo screens can be found in various stores as well as occasionally in the attic of your home. While you might not need the screen anymore, you can easily fashion it into a bamboo headboard like this Bamboo DIY headboard hack. Push the screen right up against the wall, use ties to attach it to the bed or attach it to the wall and in place.

If the screen is too wide, remove some of the side section and retie the pieces back in place. If it’s not the right height, or you want to neaten the edges, you can saw it down to size. However, bear in mind that sawing across the grain of bamboo can cause splitting. Place masking tape on the bamboo and saw through that to reduce the chances of it splintering. Also, you can use a pruning tool to cut through thin bamboo or a hand saw if it is thicker and needs more work. Natural twine looks good as a binding to keep the screen together, or you can glue and tie the bamboo using any method and then tie the twine over the fastenings for a more decorative finish.

2. Quick And Easy Bamboo Headboard

Materials: Bamboo screen
Tools: Saw
Difficulty: Easy

While bamboo splinters when you cut across the grain, it retains its structure when you cut with the grain. This quick and easy bamboo headboard uses a bamboo rug, which is another commonly and inexpensively found bamboo item, as the main board and is framed using bamboo canes that are cut in half down the grain. The canes hide the rough and uneven edges of the bamboo, although you may prefer to leave these showing if you can manage a good arrangement.

This project really only needs a saw so that you can cut the bamboo, and you will need wood glue to adhere the bamboo to an existing bedhead frame. This is a great way to use an existing wooden headboard and convert it to something new and unusual for your bedroom.

3. DIY Boho Bed Headboard

Materials: Bamboo canes, bamboo steamer, glue, twine
Tools: Glue gun
Difficulty: Moderate

Bamboo isn’t just used to make screens and rugs; you can often find bamboo fences and outdoor screens. Some hardware and lumber stores even keep a stock of bamboo canes. Whether you’ve got some laying around the garage, or have seen some in a local store, you can also use bamboo canes to make a stylish looking fan-style bamboo headboard.

This particular guide uses the rim of a bamboo steamer lid as the small frame and one of the bamboo canes as the outer frame. The remaining bamboo canes are then glued to either frame in a fan style. The trick with this particular DIY build is to try and make sure the fan shape is evenly spread. Adding the natural twine finishes the attractive design and helps keep the fan in shape when in situ.

4. Creative DIY Bamboo Headboard

Materials: Bamboo, 1×2
Tools: Wood glue, twine
Difficulty: Easy

Bamboo is a very versatile material. Because it is hollow and can be split in half, it has been used for everything from guttering to natural wall covering. It is used to make screens, rugs, and fences, and you can turn bamboo canes into a creative DIY bamboo headboard.

Use 1×2 or appropriately sized wood to create two upright bedhead posts and then use wood or hot glue to adhere the canes across the frame. Add twine around the joining sections. The glue will do all the work, but the twine looks impressive.

5. Bamboo Headboard

Materials: Bamboo, 1×2
Tools: Wood glue, twine
Difficulty: Easy

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing building materials available, which makes it a very sustainable material. It is flexible, but because your headboard shouldn’t have to take any load and won’t be put under any pressure, it will be strong enough to withstand this use. This bamboo headboard guide not only shows you how to make one from sustainable bamboo but also how to hang it from the wall for greater stability and to keep it in place.

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How Do You Use A Room Divider As A Headboard?

Try to choose a room divider, or screen, that is at least as wide as the mattress of your bed. Move the bed away from the wall, ensure the screen is flat (you may have to remove hinges but try not to unless necessary) and push it up against the wall before replacing the bed. You shouldn’t have to attach the screen to the bed or the wall.

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Bamboo is a sustainable, natural material, that grows freely in certain parts of the world. It is also a great material to work with because it has a degree of flexibility that other woods don’t offer. It can be bent and moved into shape with the fear of it snapping easily. However, you will need to take care when sawing across the bamboo to avoid it splitting and splintering. Because bamboo is lightweight, it is a beneficial material for headboard construction as it can be hung from the wall without the fear of damaging said wall.

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