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DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard
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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
Cuisine: Bedroom
Keyword: diy wooden headboard
Servings: 1
Cost: $150 + bedframe


  • Rotary saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Black marker
  • Fine sandpaper


  • 1 box Stikwood
  • 1 Ikea Malm bedframe or any bed frame of your choice
  • 1 clear matte polyurethane


  • Depending on the width and length of the Stikwood you choose, measure and saw the individual pieces to be the same width as the headboard.
    If you're using the IKEA Malm bed, measure 66 1/8" for each row and mark with a pen on the back of the piece of wood.
    We left two pieces of Stikwood the original length for every row and cut one smaller piece (4 1/4").
  • Cut the marked pieces with a saw.
  • 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.


  • Estimated cost is based on an estimated cost of a box of Stikwood. You will not to use the entire box (we used half) for this particular DIY.