Ikea Hack – DIY Wooden Headboard Using Stikwood

DIY Wooden Headboard — A simple Ikea Hack DIY Wooden Headboard to make a big statement. A wooden plank headboard is exactly what your bedroom needs for a polished touch!

final reveal! Easy Ikea Hack DIY Wooden Headboard With Stikwood by top houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and cloth

You know I’m always down for a good Ikea hack, like this DIY wooden headboard, especially when it involves adhesive wood and no drywall 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!

And since wooden plank headboards are all the rage, you’ll be glad you did.

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.

Basically, this makes it perfect for those of us that aren’t exactly woodworkers but still want the reclaimed wood look.

My mind is pretty much swimming with things to stick this genius invention on. We used it for an easy DIY reclaimed wood wall in this bedroom and even for a DIY folding table here.

For now, I’ll just share my Ikea Hack DIY Wooden Headboard to not get too crazed on you right away…

perfect weekend project! Easy Ikea Hack DIY Wooden Headboard With Stikwood by top houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and cloth

Materials Needed To Make A DIY Wooden Headboard 

how to... Easy Ikea Hack DIY Wooden Headboard With Stikwood by top houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and cloth

Ikea Hack | How To Make DIY Wooden Headboard With Stikwood

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 “).

Then I alternated the placement of the small piece so vary every row would be different, and 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.

close up - Easy Ikea Hack DIY Wooden Headboard With Stikwood by top houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and cloth

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!

a chic Easy Ikea Hack DIY Wooden Headboard With Stikwood by top houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and cloth

I absolutely love the finished product. I thought I might miss my all-white bed frame, but it really makes it much cozier. Especially when I add in my white shag and favorite blanket.

Now I just have to resist the urge to put it on everything!

full styled reveal.. Easy Ikea Hack DIY Wood Headboard With Stikwood by top houston blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and cloth

What out of the box place would you use Stikwood for? I love that reclaimed wall look that it gives, don’t you?

You can see more of our home decor DIY’s, Ikea home decor, and Ikea hacks right here!

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Ikea Bed Hack: DIY Wooden Headboard With Stikwood

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Ikea Hack DIY Wooden Headboard With Stikwood

We're livening up your bedroom, one reclaimed headboard at a time with this simple DIY...
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: DIY, How-To, Tutorial
Cuisine: Bedroom
Keyword: diy, easy, headboard, how to, ikea, ikea hack, reclaimed wood, sugar and cloth, tutorial
Servings: 1
Cost: $150 + bedframe

Equipment

  • Rotary saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Black Sharpie marker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Depending on the width and length of the Stikwood you choose,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.
  • I left two pieces of Stikwood the original length for every row and cut one smaller piece (4 1/4").
  • Alternate the placement of the small piece to vary every row. Peel the backing off and press the pieces 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.
  • Optional: Lightly sand rough parts of the wood to make sure pillows won't snag the surface.
  • The Sharpie comes in handy if you'd like to have a more dimensional look by not having every single piece fit flush against each other.
  • Use the Sharpie marker 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!

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    And of course, thanks for your sweat!

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  113. I was so excited to find this hack, it looks absolutely beautiful. And then I was BEYOND disappointed to find out that the Stikwood costs $280. I think a lot of readers would have been interested to know that the panels cost just as much as the bed itself. Very disappointing.

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    • Hi Melanei! yes, it’s definitely not cheap, but it’s still much cheaper than buying a custom reclaimed wood bed frame. plus you’ll have extra stikwood leftover to use on additional things :)

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  114. 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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  115. 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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  116. 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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  117. 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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  118. 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!!

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  119. 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?

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    • 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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  120. Im probably a little late to the comments for this post(!), but where can i get a throw rug like the one that is pictured in this post? Love it!

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  121. 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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  122. 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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  123. 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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  124. 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!

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  125. 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!

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  126. 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.

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  127. 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!
    Amber

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  128. 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!!! :)

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    • 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

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  129. 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?
    Thanks
    Cassy

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  130. 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?
    thanks!

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  131. 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…

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    • 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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  132. Hi Ashley, I’ve only been reading your blog for a short while, but I love it and I LOVE this project! It looks so fun and beautiful. I just wanted to let you know I loved it so much that I’ve featured it in my Friday round-up! If you’d like to see the post, you can check it out here: http://thecommoncreative.blogspot.ca/2014/03/curated-by-jenni.html. Have a lovely Friday!

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  133. 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.

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    • 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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  134. I love this project – it looks super professional. I am going to have to get my hands on some of this Stikwood stuff.

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  135. This is a brilliant idea!!! With your permission, I’d love to share and link to this on my website: www.diyfunideas. It’s a new hub for fun, creative diy ideas and inspirations. Thanks, Jenise

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  136. 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!

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      • 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…

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        • If you’re still looking for the bedding there is a version available on societysix.com in either white/black or black/white. Good luck!: https://society6.com/product/black-cross-on-white_duvet-cover#46=342

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