Here is my latest hack: A headboard with lights (backlit) made out of an IKEA LINNMON table top. The wall behind my bed was starting to turn dirty and wanted a nice cheap headboard to match the rest of the bedroom deco.
- 1 x 150cm LINNMON table top, I chose white as it felt better in my bedroom
- 4 x flexed-steel mounting brackets
- 16 x 25mm lag-screws
- 4 x 6mm masonry plugs (a.k.a dowels)
- 4 x 30mm square-angled hooks
- 16 x 1x6mm washers
- 1 x 150cm LED strip (with wall-plug socket)
- Drill (wireless preferred)
- Screw-driver drill-accessory
- Drill bits:
– 1x 5mm
– 1x 6mm
– 1x 3mm
- Square ruler
- Adhesive and covering tapes
- Some cord and a pencil
Steps for a headboard with lights:
1. The LINNMON board is so light-weight due to up to 80% of the inner volume made out of paper (such as the LACK table).
Use the corners and the short sides to attach the flexed-steel mounting brackets. Position them where you want them to be (5 and 7cm from border for my case) and mark the drilling holes
TIP! Keep your board protected. Use its original cardboard packaging as your base surface.
2. Drill all 4 holes per each of the 4 plates.
TIP! Before drilling, use some covering tape on your drill bits to mark the depth limit and avoid going through if your bit is too long.
3. Place some washers between the plates and the board so the square-angled hooks fit inside. Tighten the lag-screws.
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4. As it is a headboard with lights, place the LED strip at the back panel along your upper long border some 2-3cm away from the edge.
TIP1! Make sure it works before gluing.
TIP2! Use some dual-layer adhesive tape to attach the switch onto the side border, thus making it very accessible
5. At the wall, take some references (paintings, pictures, bed, etc…). I used my DIY Tintin paintings which were exactly 150cm.
TIP! Use the cord and the pencil to transfer vertical dimensions. Gravity is your friend!
Double-check with a square ruler and mark the 4 drilling holes depending on the position of the flexed-steel plates at the board
6. Let’s drill!
TIP! Use first a 5mm drill-bit, it’s slightly smaller than your 6mm masonry plug. Then, polish your hole softly with a 6mm drill-bit.
7. Place the masonry plugs in each hole and press gently with a hammer.
Screw the square-shaped hooks.
TIP! Some pliers can make it easier for you.
8. Just attach the headboard to the hooks and you’re done. Perfect!
Remember this is a two-person task.
I hope you enjoyed it.
See you at the next hack!
~ by Diego Pintos