DIY - Make your own bamboo headboard
This week’s blog is all about the amazing headboard made by LaVieLaLinda. With this headboard you can really transform your bedroom into a rustic, romantic, natural space. Style it with some plants and different materials or hang some decorations on the frame. That’s how you’ll transform your bedroom to an oasis of tranquility.
· Electrical drill
· Plugs and screws with a minimum length of 15cm
· Japanese saw or Electrical handsaw
· Pencil and measuring tape
Linda uses 300cm poles, but you could also use smaller poles depending on the size of your bed. Moso poles were the best fit for this bedroom, but depending on your style preferences you could also use Guadua or black Java poles. We delivered the right size plywood for Linda’s bed. But if you need help with getting the right size plywood you can always contact us for our saw service. We have a DIY instruction video on our IGTV with all the steps needed for this headboard. But to make it easier: there’s pictures too!
It’s important to make a good plan before you start. Try and sketch out how the room looks. Take everything into consideration: how wide is your bed and how big is your room? But also think about your nightstands. Do you want them in front of the headboard like Linda did? That means you’ll have to add that width to the length of the poles. There is a lot of variation possible, so make sure you know what you want.
Let’s get started!
Step 1. Measuring the poles
First, you’ll have to measure your bed and decide how long you want the poles to be. It’ll look best if you add a surplus of 20cm to both sides. Line up the measurements on 15 of the poles. Add 20 centimeters to this length for 1 pole which will rest on the two standing poles. For the two remaining poles it’s important to measure the height of the ceiling and subtract around 20 centimeters. This will ensure that there will be enough space for the pole on top and still have a little space underneath the ceiling.
Step 2. Sawing the poles
Now we saw the poles. You can use an electrical handsaw like Linda used, or one of our Japanese saws. Safe your endpieces. You can use these to make cute little things such as a plant pot or pen tray. Linda used hers to make a cute, little stool.
Step 3. Planning your headboard
Lay all your poles out and figure out where to use them. Bamboo is a product which will naturally have variations in color and shape. That is why it’s important to think carefully about where you want to use your poles before you start tying them together.
Step 4. Tying it all together
Weave the poles together with the manilla rope. Use a weaving technique where you’ll alternate going over and under each pole. That is how you’ll make your way up and down the poles. It is important to do this at a minimum of 4 different places. This ensures that it stays sturdy.
Step 5. Last check before placing it
Measure the poles with the frame and make sure it all fits. This is your last check before installing it to the wall.
Step 6 & 7. Installing it to the wall
Install the two poles to the wall. This prevents your headboard from falling over. Make sure you’ll screw them on the top and on the bottom. You have to drill a hole into the wall and insert a plug to be able to screw into the wall. The bamboo needs to pre-drilled in order to screw in a screw without it splitting. Now is also the time to assemble the headboard part in between the poles. This too needs to be screwed in securely. Use four screws to make sure it is in tight.
Step 8. Last details
Now it’s time for the final step: assemble the final pole on top of the two standing poles to complete the frame. Secure it with manilla rope. It is also time to install the bamboo plywood on top of the top pole of the headboard. Use screws like you did before and remember to pre-drill. This gives you a nice shelf that you can use to put some stuff on.
Step 9. All done!
Now all there is left is putting your bed in front of it and finish with some styling.
Such cool results in Linda’s bedroom! It is truly a beautifully styled room. Linda also made some small candle holders and a stool using leftover bamboo. Using some in-between curtains she truly transformed this room and made her own little paradise.