How to Hang a Headboard (In Five Easy Steps)

You have probably seen some beautiful bedrooms with headboards that are directly affixed to the wall and think it would be a fantastic idea for you. Maybe you are already tired of your current headboard vibrating with every movement. 

You’ve picked out a new headboard that you want to purchase, and you are excited about having this new headboard in your bedroom, especially one hung on the wall. However, you are unsure how to secure it to the wall.

This article will show you how to hang a headboard in a step-by-step manner. There are a variety of ways to hang a headboard on the wall. The majority of these entail drilling holes in the walls.

How to Hang a Headboard in Five Easy Steps

Hang a Headboard

The benefits of having a fixed headboard are numerous. The typical method for attaching a headboard to the wall is to use hardware.

Depending on the material, headboards can weigh anywhere from 50 to 200 pounds. You will need a measuring tape, a driller, chalk, a leveler, a stud locator, and wall mounts or cleats, as well as the necessary hardware for this project. It would also be beneficial if you could enlist the assistance of an experienced friend.

The following steps must be followed to ensure the most secure installation. There are a lot of intricacies to pay attention to, and this is a DIY project you would not want to mess up.

You Must Have French Cleats or a Massive Wall-Mount.

The first step is to ensure that you have the necessary hardware to install. Here you will examine how to install French cleats, which will be the ideal hardware to buy for this job. Two brackets are included in most sets.

One is secured to the wall, while the other is secured to your headboard. They will slide and lock into place. Make sure the hardware you select has no weight restrictions. When purchasing the mounts, know the estimated weight of your headboard.

Determine the Accurate Height of the Bed, Including Bedding

You will need to estimate the size of your bed with the bedding on top to choose the correct dimensions for your headboard and make certain there won’t be any exposed wall between both the headboard and the bed. Determine the height with your measuring tape and take note of it.

Gauge your headboard after you have measured your bed and linens. Add these two figures together and deduct a few inches so that the base of your headboard would be behind the bed once it is placed.

Using a stud tester, locate the stud in the location where you want to hang your headboard. To securely carry the brunt of the headboard, the center half of your cleat must be screwed into the screw if at all it is feasible.

Find the whole length of the headboard and bed with your chalk and measuring tape. Make a line on the wall where the top of the headboard will be subtracted a few inches. If you have a best friend who can hold the headboard against the wall and softly sketch its shape, seek his/her help.

Follow the Measurements and Attach the Hardware to the Wall.

Create your first hole with the power drill within the outline or markings you have established. The center of the French cleat will be inserted into this initial hole. The cleat should be set about the midpoint of the headboard, so make sure it is marked on your sketch.

Install the plastic wall anchoring once the holes have been made. If installing the plastic wall anchoring by hand is problematic, a power drill might be utilized for this purpose.

Calculate the outside area from this first hole by the spacing between the cleat’s holes; they are usually approximately two inches apart. Put a mark on the wall where you will place more holes with the driller. Make sure these slots have been leveled with the leveler.

To create the holes and install the plastic anchors, use a driller. Install the cleat with a screw once all of the holes and anchors have been made. Start by tightening only the center screw. Do not tighten it all the way yet. When tightening entirely, use your leveler to double-check that the cleat is in a straight line. After that, you may finish attaching the cleat with the other screws.

Install the Hardware to the Back of Your Headboard.

After that, you will connect the other cleat to the headboard’s back. By calculating the distance of the headboard from either side of the cleat location, you can make sure it is placed equally.

To guarantee even more precision, measure the shape you have drawn on the wall for the wall cleat, and try to replicate that positioning on the headboard as nearly as possible. Drill a hole, put plastic anchoring, attach cleat, attach center screw, level and secure, then continue with the other nuts, just as you previously did with the cleat to the wall.

Slide the Headboard into Place.

Now, you can have a friend assist you in lifting the headboards and sliding them into place over the french cleat mounted on the wall now that everything is fastened and secure. Headboard must now be mounted on the wall after these have locked together.

You will need to drill some holes in the walls to properly mount a headboard. Precisely measure to make sure the wall does not get any further damage from scuffing or other mishaps. It is possible that measuring and leveling will save you from having to drill several holes.

It is also a good idea to double-check your arithmetic to avoid having to retake any critical stages. As a result, the most crucial aspect of this entire procedure to maintain is accuracy. Enlisting the assistance of a buddy can also help avoid mistakes that result in wall damage.

Some Additional Information about the Installation of the Headboard

Installation of the Headboard

  • The parts of headboards that attach to a bed frame contain slots for screws. Put the screws through the holes in the headboard to secure the bed to the structure.
    Line it up with the bed frame and secure it with bolts that go through the slots in the bed frame. Screw the bolt through the bed frame using a wrench after attaching a gasket to the end.
    If you don’t have a bed frame, a headboard can be utilized. Headboards can be wall-mounted or free-standing. Just keep in mind that if you are not using a bed frame yet and buy one later, you will have to alter the height of a headboard on your wall to match the frame’s height.
  • The massive picture frame or mirror mounts are the most frequent way to secure a headboard to a wall. These may be found at any hardware or home improvement shop. They are simple to install. They need the use of a stud finder to ensure that the anchor is securely fastened to the wall.
    Using a French cleat is a better choice. It is a different sort of mounting bracket that does not require wall studs. Two bits of wood, cut to sit at an angle on top of each other, or two pieces of metal with a similar pattern can be used to make a French cleat. The wood headboard is harder to make and sits approximately an inch away from the wall.
  • Headboards are frequently attached to a bed frame, although they offer minimal support for the bed. The headboard’s bolts might loosen with time, causing the headboard to smash against the wall with the slightest movement in your bed.
    Using French cleats to suspend the headboard on the wall, making it appear to float, you may eliminate the noise and movement. You can transform almost any flat object into a hovering headboard and place it on the wall behind your bed if you apply your imagination.
  • Headboard cleats enable you to hang a headboard without using any legs. Because cleats are connected to wall studs, they prevent the headboard from swaying or moving.
    Half of the cleat, also known as a footer in cabinets, is attached to the wall, while the other half is attached to the rear of the headboard. The headboard is secured to the wall by angled metal lips on both sections. It is quick and easy, and it is the most efficient way to hang headboards.
  • A headboard provides support to your bed so that you do not have to sit against a hard wall. A headboard also gives comfort, thus making it more pleasurable for you to sit up in your bed.
    Its main objective is to protect the wall against abrasion. The headboard is very helpful in making your bedroom unique and modern. However, there are some people who prefer not to have a headboard; and leave the area completely empty or use some alternatives like a piece of art. Either way, you still need to shield your head from cold.
  • Headboards are available in different designs and materials in the market. You can choose one according to your preference. Whether you like an upholstered headboard or a wooden one, you can effortlessly find a unique headboard to give a personal touch to your bedroom.