DIY: Headboard!

When I showed you the pallet ideas yesterday, I also promised you that I would show you what I have used my pallets for. So without further introduction – meet our new headboard!

I´m actually quite pleased with the result, but I´m not sure if I should paint them or not. What do you think? I´m thinking either black or white. I kind of like this natural color as well….
So what do you think? You can see more photos of our bedroom on

Wish you all a wonderful day! Here in Oslo it’s snowing A LOT at the moment, so it seems that we have to wait a bit longer for spring.

(Images: Nina Holst)

109 thoughts on “DIY: Headboard!

  1. Nina B.

    Så stilig! Det var en ny vri ☺
    Hadde bare beholdt den slik den er jeg, passet jo så godt til geviret på veggen ;)

    Ha en fin dag, her snør det også…det kom etter regnet. Har hatt bart siden jul vi, så dette var litt uventa…men, regner ikke med det holder så lenge ;)


    I am absolutely sure that my son would love this idea.

    I could very well imagine an open house, which has elements of Euro pallets and bung wood. That in combination with concrete floors and large windows…

    Big hugs


  3. små og store drømmer

    Skulle ønske jeg kunne ha en sånn bak min seng..
    men, den står foran vinduet nå.

    Jeg ville IKKE malt.
    På en annen side, om du gjør det og angrer er det ikke akkurat en stor kostnad og få tak i nye.
    Men jeg syntes de var fine akkurat sånn som de er nå.
    Eventuelt kan du vurdere drivved-maling.
    Blir ikke like hardt som sort og ikke så kjedelig som hvitt.
    Var hvertfall utrolig fint nå :)


    Det blir nok at jeg beholder de som de er foreløpig. Pallene har ligget ute over en lengre periode, så de har allerede en drivved farge nå. Alt jeg har gjort med de er å ta de i dusjen for å få de rene :)

    Takk for fiiine tilbakemeldinger! <3

  5. Camilla- Casual living

    det er kjempe stiling. jeg liker dem godt umalt jeg da. Du får ha det sånn en stund, så kan du male dem når du begynner å gå litt lei. lettere å male senere, enn å måtte pusse ned igjen hvis du angrer;)

    ha en fin dag.

    Klem fra Camilla

  6. Sigrid

    Hei! Det var skikkelig stilig! Mulig jeg ville malt dem hvite, men synes den røffe stilen passet veldig fint inn på soverommet ditt!! Hvordan festet du dem? Kommer nok til å herme litt jeg også. :)

  7. Lady B and Little H

    Veldig fint på en røff og naturlig måte.
    Jeg har laget en slags veranda-sofa-seng av en pall. Rett og slett satt 4 hjul med lås (ligner på hjulene på handlevogner) og laget en madrass i skumgummi med fargerikt trekk som dekker pallen.
    Sammen med mange deilige puter har dette blitt hva vi kaller for “the snuggle corner” på verandaen vår.
    Skulle ønske jeg kunne sende bilde, men nå står pallen i garasjen og madrassen og putene ligger på loftet i vente av vårvær….

  8. Cecilie

    Lovely! Ikke svart syntes jeg, heller hvit, men kanskje du skal vente til du blir lei av naturfargen? Så kan du kose deg med maling og få noe “nytt” på soverommet! :-)

  9. Mayne

    Please! Please! Paaaaaaallllleze do not paint the pallets. It’s absolutely stunning in it’s natural state! Paint will totally transform the aesthetic & it may not appear as beautiful as it already is. You stated, “I´m actually quite pleased with the result” — which is a strong indication that you need NOT tamper with this masterpiece lol.

  10. Anonymous

    Oh Nina, it looks stunning. But I couldn´t decide what colour to choose. I love this natural look, but white or black would be wonderful, too. please show us, if you may change it….
    Have a lovely snowy day and enjoy the “cleanness” of these snow. It maybe the last one for this winter…


    Sigrid: Jeg har ikke festet de. De står på gulvet, og sengen holder de på plass. Enkelt som bare det :)

    Thank you all for your feedback – it seems that everyone wants me to keep the nature color so I will for now :)
    xoxo, Nina

  12. Marie

    Omigosh! I love what you’ve done with the pallet. It looks perfect as your headboard…already loving the color, so I don’t know if it needs to be painted. You should probably leave it alone for now and paint it when you get tired of it.

  13. Fjasevas Huset

    UTrolig stilig Nina!!!! Kul patina også på de pallene:) DIGGER DET!
    Du er super kreativ. Blir alltid inspirert av å lese bloggen din altså:)

    Klem til deg

  14. Martine

    Ååå, jeg elsker det!! Drømmesoverom! Ville absolutt beholdt de som de var! Jeg ble så inspirert og fikk lyst til å herme ;) Men tror ikke det funker til sengen vår jeg! Man må vel nesten ha en rammemadrass?


    Det er nok en fordel med rammemadrass ja, Martine. Tusen takk for hyggelig kommentar <3

    Thanks to all of you – you are such sweethearts!
    xoxo, Nina

  16. deborah

    i’m flippin’ mad about these pallets as a headboard. happy to hear you are leaving them….as is. so lovely and charming. rustic and masculine in a room that has some feminine charm. so good. looking for my hammer. ;)

  17. Amanda Swann

    I am so smitten with this!! I’ve been looking for a place to use pallets for a while now. I’d LOVE to know how you did this so that I could duplicate it.

    Also, I like it just like it is without paint.

    Your newest follower:)


    The Cheeky Cafe

  18. Jennifer M.

    Wow that is a very interesting idea! I think I like it! I’ve been thinking about what to do for a headboard (and a bedframe). Maybe I’ll try something like this.

  19. Blue

    I love how the room is styled and the headboard just adds to it! If you don’t mind my asking, where did you get the bedside lamp? I’d love to use it on my piano…

  20. tiffanylanehandmade

    I LOVE anything rustic, especially raw wood: crates, pallettes, etc! The hubby and I don’t have a headboard at the moment and I think this would be the perfect way to tie the room together! Thanks for your awesome ideas and I love your blog.

  21. Melissa

    I am curious how you have liked having the pallets behind your bed now that it has been a few months- My worry is that the splinters would start to wreck your pillows and top of the sheets…


    Hello Melissa! I haven´t had any problems since I added the pallets. No damage on either pillows or sheets, so I have to say that I´m happy with the headboard :)

    Anonymous: Well….I did´t do much. I just placed two worn pallets (I washed them in the shower!) behind the bed. Very easy :)

  23. Amy & Alec

    Wow! I can’t believe how beautiful your pallets are without doing anything to them but washing!
    The ones sitting in my garage have random nails coming out in all directions, broken pieces of wood and paint. I’ll have to do some work on mine!
    Thanks so much for this post – its my inspiration!

  24. Amy & Alec

    Wow! I can’t believe how beautiful your pallets are without doing anything to them but washing!
    The ones sitting in my garage have random nails coming out in all directions, broken pieces of wood and paint. I’ll have to do some work on mine!
    Thanks so much for this post – its my inspiration!

  25. Anonymous

    I would absolutely love to duplicate this but am concerned about the cleanliness of the pallet. Did you treat the pallet before putting it in your room? Did you have any of the same concerns? Thank you!

  26. dagdrømmeren

    Jeg har lenge, veldig lenge ønsket meg en hodegavl til senga, men ikke funnet noen jeg liker. Denne derimot var helt fantastisk! Tror jeg må prøve å lage noe slikt. Takk for tips!
    Klem Tonje

  27. Anonymous

    Most pallets found are treated with chemicals with formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals. Please look to see if yours was stamped as untreated or reconsider this pallet as your headboard.

  28. thediplomaticwife

    I’ve always loved the ideas of using palettes, I’m still a bit freaked out by the bugs and splinters though. How do you make sure that there are no freaky insects hiding inside it?

  29. Amber

    Wow I had a very similar idea but I stained my pallets. I’m just trying to figure out how to hang them or attach them to my frame. Ideas?

  30. frugal-interior-design

    I’ve been obsessed with repurposing shipping pallets for some time. I’m always amazed to see what other people come up with and how easy the ideas are to implement. I’m even more impressed with the incredible style accomplished from an item that potentially would have been destroyed or scraped. The right colors and accessories make that pallet and room look casually sophisticated and classy! Well done.

  31. magalerie

    I love the natural color.
    You’re lucky as the pallets that I’ve found don’t have that grey natural tones. Usually, they are more yellow. So they’ll definitely need white paint. But not yours I think.

  32. Adela

    Love the idea! Where did you find your pallet? I’m not too keen on buying one off of industrial companies. I wonder if we can buy brand new ones from somewhere?

  33. kaki

    very nice! i wont do this…but i’m a question: that,can i use all the pallets? because i’m a pallet that there is write “italc 27 m”…it’chimically?or term?

  34. Anonymous

    How did you make this? Did you just attach it to the bed or did you attach it to the wall?


  35. Anonymous

    Oh wow love this, we end up with so many of these had been trying to think of things to do with them as the boys usually just end up burning them and thought it was such a waste!!!! can’t say I would have thought of this but I love the look
    Ange Jarman :)

  36. ReVinyl

    Kjempefine slik de er synes jeg!

    Avhengig hva du ønsker å få frem.
    Maler du de, blir det formen som blir mer fremtredende.
    Nå er det både formen og strukturen, røffheten mot det delikate som gjør hele rommet. Bærre lækkert! :)


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  40. Sondra Miller

    Hey, is that an oak hardwood floor? I’m thinking of doing a few renovations in our house and changing the flooring included. I want something like that.

  41. Kate Gallagher

    This is a great bedroom inspiration. It was just as great that I found your blog for home ideas because we purchased a new property and I’m really excited on designing our new home.

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