Published on June 29th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


ÄPPLARÖ headboard hack

Materials: ÄPPLARÖ

Description: Materials: Ikea ÄPPLARÖ wall panel

Description: I looked and looked for a simple headboard for my queen size metal bed frame (the typical kind with four casters and holes for attaching a headboard and footboard), but couldn’t find a suitable one anywhere. After finding the Ikea Hackers website, I decided that I’d be creative and “hack” myself a headboard. My requirements were these:
- It had to be lightweight and easily moveable (I rent and I like to move my furniture around).
- It had to be affordable (I set myself a budget of no more than 99 dollars).
- It had to be around 62-63 inches wide (to properly fit the width of the queen bed frame).
- I didn’t want to spend hours painting, sanding, or drilling.

After I searched a bit, I found Ikea’s ÄPPLARÖ wall panel fit the bill (Width: 31 1/2″; Height: 62 1/4″; acacia wood). I bought two of these for $39.99 plus tax.

Step 1: Take the panels out of the boxes. Each comes in two parts: an upper panel and a base. They attach with 4 included pegs.

Step 2: Decide on the height of your headboard. You could use just the bases for an extreme minimalist look. That was a little bit low food my box spring and mattress, so I decided I wanted the headboard a bit higher. I could have just put the panels together and cut the legs down to the right height, but I didn’t want to ruin the panel in case I was dissatisfied with the project. Instead, I decided to overlap and attach the top and bottom portions to each other using the predrilled holes. To make it even sturdier, I bought 8 small L-brackets and attached two on the front and two and back of each panel.

Step 3: Attach the panels to each other. I chose to attach the panels together with hinges, making it easier to fold and move the headboard in the future. [Note: in the picture, it shows a hinge at the top, but it should be placed lower so the panels can fold. I'm not too worried about it right now.]

I could have bolted the headboard to the bed, but it sits up against the wall with no problems, so I left it as is. Alternatively, I could use double-sided tape to secure it to the wall. You’ll notice in the photos that I stuck Ikea’s protective felt pads on the back of the headboard to avoid scratching the wall.

Step 4: Enjoy your new headboard! This is really a lightweight, sturdy, and attractive headboard. It matches my other wood furniture and is exactly what I wanted. I wish I’d thought of it sooner!

~ Matt, Phoenix, AZ

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

3 Responses to ÄPPLARÖ headboard hack

  1. Anonymous says:

    Simple, creative and nice looking hack. Could of used this a couple of years ago when I was looking for an inexpensive headboard. Well done.

  2. Robin @ our semi organic life says:

    I really love this. I’m considering making one myself. Also that cat is cute!

  3. Annette says:

    Well done.
    Cute cat!

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