Bedroom Refresh (Part 2) DIY Vertical Wood Slat Wall

August 4, 2020

A few weeks back I set out on a mission to refresh our bedroom. I came up with a design plan, started installing frame moulding (see Part 1), and now we’ve built a DIY vertical wood slat wall that functions as a headboard! Here’s how we did it.

We started with a plan–that’s the first step in every project, right?

We measured the space (64″) and decided to use 1 x 2 x 8 select pine boards with the 2″ side flat to the wall. Honestly, I preferred the look of using thinner boards but that would increase the overall cost significantly. So, we opted for the more affordable route.

Our shopping list:

We have 8′ ceilings in the bedroom and chose to cut each of the 1 x 2 boards down to 92.5″ (This left enough room for horizontal pieces on top and bottom). Once they were cut to size, I stained the boards with “Early American” stain.

We installed three 1×4 pieces (cut 64″ long) into studs horizontally on the top, middle and bottom of the wall. This allows us to nail the vertical boards into those pieces rather than directly into the wall. This isn’t necessary but gives us the option to remove the vertical slats in the future with minimal damage to the drywall.

We painted those boards the same black as the wall and used a laser level to make sure they were straight.

Note: We used an oscillating multi-tool to remove a portion of the baseboard so we could install the slats all the way to the floor.

Once the horizontal pieces were installed, we nailed a 1 x 2 flush with the ceiling. This served as a “frame” of sorts for the vertical boards and helped us install the boards as straight as possible.

Then we started installing the vertical boards! We used a 1×2 piece as a spacer and clamped the vertical boards together before nailing them in.

We continued this process and installed the remaining vertical boards.

Here’s a view of the space before the DIY vertical wood slat wall:

And here’s how it looks now!

I’m so happy with how the space is coming together! Stay tuned for Part 3 of the refresh when we tackle more DIYs and really tie everything together. As always, thanks for keeping up with the Campbell House. We’re so happy to have you!

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  4. Bev says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, This is exactly what i want for my entry area with bench.. Yours came out outstanding.. I love everything about it. Genius idea of attaching slats to board instead of wall. saves Holes.

  5. Christal says:

    Hello. I love this headboard project! I’m doing this! I love the idea of the horizontal boards, so I don’t put all of those nails into my drywall. Anyways, just wondering what this project cost you?

    • Riley Campbell says:

      Yay! So glad to hear you’re giving it a try! I believe the project cost around $150. Unfortunately, the price of lumber has gone up quite a bit since I did this project. I think you could still achieve this look for under $200 though!

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