I'm sharing this easy headboard bench tutorial from back in the early days. It really is the easiest way to make a headboard bench from a twin bed! It may be the perfect option for beginners, or someone who just wants to complete a project quickly.
If you've been wanting to make a headboard bench, but have limited skills and tools, this might be the best option for you to build that bench you've been wanting!
This was one of the first benches I ever made with my friend Cathy.
See how easy it is to repurpose a headboard into an extra seating option? The headboard bench could be used outdoors on your patio, at the end of your bed for shoes and socks, or even as extra seating for a long dining table.
When we first started making headboard benches, we would cut the foot board in half, and drill from the back of the post into the narrow edge of the newly cut foot board section.
Does that make sense? See how narrow the foot board sections are? We would use a very long drill bit, through the post, into the cut section of the foot board. It was laborious and I hated doing it. (this image is solely for the purpose to explain how we attached the foot board back in the early days)
Easy Headboard Bench
So, for this easy headboard bench, I asked her to make it this much easier way. Well, actually I begged her!
This twin bench is one of the easiest and fastest to make. You can see the simple construction. After cutting the foot board in half, attach each piece to the side of the headboard. There are two screws at the top of the armrest (in the back) and three screws for the larger bottom section.
How Do You Cut a Headboard in Half?
That depends on the saw(s) you may have. You could even use a handsaw. But if you're just starting out, and can't afford high end tools, I recommend using a jigsaw. You could also use a circular saw, or ask a friend or family member to cut it for you.
Here's another view. This is seriously an easy headboard bench anyone can make.
After that, we added scrap wood to support the seat. Again, attaching the screws from the outside of the armrest section into the 2x4.
Back then we used drywall screws. However, I now use wood screws when I'm not using my Kreg Jig pocket hole screws.
For another option--using dowels, check out this tutorial from Addicted to DIY
This bench does sit a little low (it would make a nice child's bench). Scrap pieces of flooring were used for the seat. I've actually used scrap oak flooring for many headboard bench seats. A friend once gave me random boxes of leftover pieces of flooring--all shapes, sizes and colors.
Looking for a full tutorial on this and other benches? Of course now, I find it easiest to use a Kreg Jig when making all of my headboard benches. After all these years, they are by far my favorite projects to make.
gail See my favorite Mission Style Headboard Bench with Storage-The Complete Tutorial
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.