Dorm Room Ideas

How to Make a Bulletin Board Headboard

Short on space? No problem! Create a beautiful headboard that does double duty as a bulletin board or jewelry display in your dorm room.

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Materials Needed:

  • homasote board
  • grass-cloth wallpaper
  • 1/8-inch plywood sheet (4x4)
  • 16 feet crown molding
  • spray adhesive
  • packing tape
  • razor blade
  • liquid nails
  • compound miter saw or miter box
  • spray paint
  • 2 scrap wood pieces (1" deep x 24" long)
  • staple gun

Cut Headboard to Size

A twin mattress is 39 inches wide, so when we found a precut sheet of plywood in 4' x 4' (48" x 48") we knew we would only have to make one cut to it. We cut the board to 43" x 48". The plywood will be the backing of the headboard, but since we are making our headboard a bulletin board as well we will need to add the homasote on top of the plywood. Using the plywood as a template, cut the homasote to size with a razor blade.

Get Clean Edges

Homasote board is made from recycled paper that is compressed under high temperature and pressure and then held together with glue. Try cutting it with a saw and you will get a big mess with paper flying everywhere. Cutting it with a razor blade is much neater, but you will still have exposed edges. A simple fix is to take some packing tape and cover the edges.

Attach Backing to Homasote Board

Use liquid nails to attach homasote board to plywood backing. Since plywood backing is so thin it's good to put some weight on it while it sets in order to prevent bowing. You can also apply C clamps to the corners.

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