DIY // Ikea Hack Stikwood Headboard


DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

You know I’m always down for a good Ikea hack, especially when it involves adhesive wood and no dry wall screws. Granted, you may have to saw a few things but if you have a handy spouse, parent, friend, or a remotely friendly neighbor with some tools, you’ll be fine!

Now let me introduce you to the glory that is Stikwood. It’s reclaimed wood that’s already finished and with adhesive backing on it, which is perfect for those of us that aren’t exactly woodworkers (like myself), but still want the reclaimed wood look. My mind is pretty much swimming with things to stick this genius invention on, but for now I’ll just share my DIY Ikea hack headboard to not get too crazed on you right away.


  • One case of Stikwood (mine is the Reclaimed Barrel Oak, I only used just over 10 sq. ft) *c/o
  • Ikea Malm bedframe (from the Ikea As-is section for $90)
  • Rotary saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Clear, matte polyurethane (you can by it for indoor use if constructing inside)
  • Fine sand paper (optional)
  • Black sharpie (optional for style)

DIY Ikea hack Stikwood headboard

Depending on the width and length of the Stikwood you choose, you’ll measure the individual pieces to be the same width as the Malm headboard (66 1/8 “) for each row and mark with a pen on the back of the piece of wood. In this instance, I left two pieces of Stikwood the original length for every row, and cut one smaller piece (4 1/4 “) and alternated the placement of the small piece so vary every row would be different, then peeled the backing off and pressed them firmly on the face of the headboard.

Because the Stikwood is made from real reclaimed wood, not all of the pieces fit quite the same. The best way to make sure everything lines up correctly is to test each row before peeling the adhesive backing off of the wood and placing it. You can always lightly sand rough parts of the wood to make sure pillows won’t snag the surface if need be.

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

The sharpie comes in handy if you’d like to have a more dimensional look by not making every single piece fit flush against each other. You can use the sharpie to color in a little line (as seen in the large tutorial photo) and then leave a small gap in between the two pieces.  

Once the entire headboard is covered , spray the polyurethane over the entire surface and let dry. This will keep the color of the wood from rubbing off onto pillows, and then you’re all set!

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

I absolutely love the finished product. I thought I might miss my all white bed frame, but it really makes it much more cozy. Now I just have to resist the urge to put it on everything!

What out of the box place would you use Stikwood for a DIY?

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

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192 thoughts on “DIY // Ikea Hack Stikwood Headboard

      1. Hannah

        I love this idea and your bedding/linens! Where did you find your duvet cover/comforter? I’ve been trying to find simple, white bedding like that but have had no luck…

  1. dianawillard

    This is such an ingenious idea! I’d never heard of stikwood before, but now I’m looking at our old Ikea desk and thinking how much better it would look covered in wood. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Maggie

        I was just going to ask the exact same thing! I’ve been having a terrible time finding side-tables. We already have an amazing headboard but I think I’m going to put stinkwood on your ikea-hack sidetables :) Amazing!!!

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  9. Elisa

    LOVE this hack!! That Stikwood stuff isn’t cheap – $200 a case! I might be tempted to do a similar hack, but glue wood strip. But you can’t argue with the ease of the Stikwood. Plus, your bed looks amazing.

    1. Ashley Post author

      You’ll also have plenty of leftover pieces to use for other projects too! Plus it’s real reclaimed wood, can’t be that ;) xo

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  15. door39

    Great project but how much did it cost in total? The ikea bed is about $300, the stikwood runs about $200. Seems like a lot for a DIY project. You could get a solid piece of reclaimed wood for around that price…

    1. Ashley Post author

      I actually got the bed frame in the Ikea as-is section for $90! I was pumped! And you get enough Stikwood for at least two projects, so it actually only ends up being $300 altogether for a custom bed! :)

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  21. lihi

    I LOVE this – and I love the art and the blanket too… it’s the bedroom of my dreams :)
    could you share – where is the crosses blanket from?

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  29. Cassy Ewbank

    Hi, I’m new to your page but look forward to checking it out :) Loving this bedhead. I was wondering about the ‘choose love’ wall hanging, is that diy? If not where did you find it please?

  30. Jen

    Hi Ashley, absolutely love this project and am about to try it for myself! I am having trouble finding the clear matte polyurethane. (I tried Lowes and Home Depot). Do you know where I could get it? Thanks!!! :)

    1. Ashley Post author

      Hey Jen, glad you love the project! If you’re having trouble finding the spray matte polyurethane, satin will do just fine! Otherwise you can always buy the kind in a quart and brush it on :) xoxox

  31. Amber

    Hi, absolutely love this project! I’m sorry if you have already answered this, but am wondering. What size frame is this particular project? Queen, King?

    Thanks in advance!

  32. Suzanne Pernell

    Could you put the stikwood directly on your wall? That would eliminate the need for the white bedframe and you could just use a metal one (that doesn’t show) and the headboard would be on the wall.

  33. Nienke

    Wow, that’s just amazing! I never even knew stickwood existed, but it’s beautyfull and it seems like very easy to work with!

    I’m moving out next year when I’m going to college and I’m definitely keeping this in mind when I’m decorating my room!

  34. Stella

    hello! Just curious, what bed frame is shown in the photo if you just got the malm head board and not the malm bed frame?

    Thank you!

  35. Lauren Olson

    were did u get ur pillow and the cross blanket on ur bed and the white furry lay over!? Love them:)

  36. Luba

    At first glance I’ve read the phrase like ‘You ate my breakfast’ and was like okaaaay. I need glasses asap :) Great post!

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  40. Laurie

    But– maybe skip the polyurethane since it is toxic?! The proximity and hours spent in bed make it a bad idea. What would linseed oil do as alternative since it is safer? Haven’t you seen all the news about flooring that is treated? Otherwise this is a neat project!

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  43. Caroline

    This is incredible — I am going to tackle doing it this summer! Do you know if it’s possible to use the Malm headboard and attach it to a regular bed frame? I’ve searchd high and low, and can’t turn up an answer yet. Thanks so much!!

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  54. Christine

    Ashley, this absolutely beautiful! Infact I loved it so much we bought the bed frame ($360 on sale but with 2 storage drawers, also on sale). The problem I am having now is the wood! I had not read down to the comments where others had mentioned the price and in Canada it’s even more, about $300 a box! That would bring the total cost to almost $700 which is way too much for a hack for me. I was wondering if you have other, more attainable solutions? I was going to buy some would and stain it, my boyfriend suggested buying a box of wood flooring that’s already stained. Any ideas?

    1. Irene Najlis

      Hey, I saw your comment and thought I would offer some advice. I hope you don’t mind. :) I absolutely loved this look, but could not afford the price. I tried some old pallet wood that I had on hand. My sister just finished hers, but she purchased paint sticks on amazon (I think it was 200 for about $30) she sawed off the akward shaped handle, and stained the sticks, and attached them with wood glue. It came out fabulous!!! Of course the paint sticks are small, so you’ll have to use a bunch, but its another option. Hope that helps.

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  73. jen

    how far down did you apply the wood to the headboard? i’m wondering if it still looks ok if the “legs” are white in the back. can you post a picture of the headboard down to the floor? thx!! really excited to try out stikwood!!

  74. Irene Najlis

    What color are your walls? I’ve been dying for white walls, but not sure if the inspiration, your bedroom included, is pure white, or a different shade of white. I love your walls and bed. I recently made a headboard out of left over pallet wood I had on hand, and stained it. I love the contrast of the wood and your walls.

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  76. Janie Rondeau

    I would like to know how much Stickwood you used and what is the size of your bed ? I would like to do the same but I want to make sure I order enough.

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  82. Nancy @ Little Homestead in Boise

    That’s not an affordable DIY for some of us. $300.00 for the wood? You could have used pallets for a lot less and recycled with bare wood, not a new product. You could have a also gotten a thrift store headboard. Kind of disappointing, a over-priced DIY project…

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  85. Delyse Dixon

    Hi there, well done on this it looks great! I’ve been looking into Stikwood and the pieces look a lot thicker. Did you trim these to the thickness that they are, or can you order them at this thickness? Many thanks, D


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