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DIY Headboard With LEDs

Mood lights always help to create romantic ambiance in a bedroom. That’s why it’s a good idea to put them into a headboard. You can make it as large as you want and paint to match your decor.

The process is quite simple. Build a simple wood frame from 2x4s, and add crossbeams. Drill small holes to put cords through in the bottom of each opening. Paint your frame and screw to the wall. Fill each space with lights and connect all cords. Cut translucent panels from polycarbonate sheet and fix to the frame with screws. Enjoy your new even more romantic nest!

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  1. pbaden Says:

    Can you give me a rough estimate on how much it cost to make this headboard?

  2. Mike Says:

    I’m sorry but we can’t. That depends on the size of the headboard you need, on how much light do you want from it and how pricey LED lights are in your area…

  3. Jonathon Says:

    Would you use LED Christmas lights? Or are there other options that I am not aware of?

  4. Mike Says:

    You can use standard LED lights for hidden built-in lighting systems. Although you can use Christmas lights too.

  5. Gina Says:

    Where can i find translucent polycarbonate sheet?

  6. Carla Says:

    was curious as to what are the dimensions for the project as listed above. Also, where can i purchase the exact LEDS you used for the project and are the polycarbonate sheets 3 long ones or 9 individual sheets? Any help would be wonderful. Thank you

  7. Mike Says:

    I don’t know exact dimensions. Although that doesn’t matter because you need to experiment a bit to get what you want.

  8. Melissa Says:

    Beautiful!! Love the wall color!! What is it?

  9. Goretti Says:

    really nice……my daughter loved the color on the wall.
    what color is it ?

  10. Mike Says:

    That’s some shadow of turquoise but I don’t know which one.

  11. Jack Says:

    The poly carbonate looks frosted and not clear…what did you use to achieve that frosted appearance? Also, how did you get the lights to stay put in that random pattern?
    Thank you!

  12. LT Says:

    Where did the comforter come from?

  13. Elaine Says:

    I wouldn’t attach the polycarbonate sheets with screws. I would use something like velcro instead.

    Very nice though!

  14. Cori Says:

    Where did yo get the polyoarbonate and was there any concern with drilling through it? Did you use a particular type of screw?

  15. Trisha Says:

    I am making something like this to put in my dining room. Great Idea!

    It seems some comments come from people without any woodworking experience, so here is my plan

    For a 42×42 inch size, you’d need these materials
    4- 2×4 cut to 40inch length
    12- 2×4 cut to 12inch length
    Wood Screws (1-1.5)
    White Satin Paint
    3- Frosted Acrylic Sheet (36×96) cut to 12x41inches
    OR clear acrylic/polycarbonate & a can of spray frost
    Silver Screw Cap Covers
    LED string lights with white wire (33ft/100lights)

    Saw, Circular or Table
    (you can get the wood cut at your local hardware store)
    Paint brushes, thinner

  16. decoguy Says:

    this looks really cool, i love how this looks, i can imagine how surreal it would look with the lights off. how long would you say for you to do this head board? Thanks!

  17. Trisha Says:

    This doesn’t take too long if you have all the materials; I’d call it a weekend project

  18. Jessica Says:

    What exact kind of LED lights did you use in the above picture? And how did you get the lights to stay in that pattern?

  19. Angela Says:

    I love this idea, but I think maybe use the best LED lights out there so it will last longer. I have used Xmas lights before and if they are left on for 24 hours a day, then it will last about 1.5 months before some of the lights would go out. And trust me, it’s not like one or two light bulbs but an entire section of the lights will be out.

  20. Chanel Says:

    I’m really looking to just buy a pre-made one. Please help! Thank

  21. miguel Says:

    Mike Obv didnt make this himself..hes full of shit. He found this pic somewhere else.

  22. Amanda Says:

    I saw this in a magazine years ago. I made it and have passed it down to my daughter as I out grew it. We had a hard time finding the material for the front. I did research and could only find it sold in bulk. Way too much. Got super lucky when we bought my daughter a wood playset with the playhouse. It actually came with this material to put in between the plastic green roof and the wood. I used it and it was PERFECT. I have only had to change the lights out once, (there weren’t very may LEDs to choose from at this time) – I have replaced with white LED’s with a white cord. Also have plugged it in to a dimmer. It is always a hit! Good Luck!!

  23. elizabeth Says:

    how do you get them to clump together without moving?

  24. Jess Says:

    what color is the wall in the picture??? I am loving it! :)

  25. Alanna Says:

    I noticed that you had not responded to any of the later comments.

    These are my questions:

    1. How to you keep the lights how you want them?

    2. What material do you use for the covering

    3. Where do you buy it

    4. What was the cost of the one above, I know that different sizes equal different prices, but the one above is what i want to know


  26. Julia Says:

    This is a really basic idea that is really cool. As soon as I saw it, I could imagine the possibilities of what you could do. You could make stencil-type holes so the lights could shine through, you could use mirrors and reflect lights. The limits are endless. Thanks so much… btw, the jerk that said you was full of shit is an asshole. The comment he left is all the proof of it. Thanks again

  27. kristen Says:

    I’m thinking an Ikea shelf with doors on it (like this http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80206530/#/60206531), place the lights inside, and frost the doors with a spray or rub on that you can get from most craft stores. It would be a lot less work! I might try it :)

  28. ANdrea Says:

    Or just use large sized stretched canvases :)

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