Rustic Planked Headboard, Star Wars Style


Star Wars Headboard and stuffed Yoda on bed

My son hasn’t had a “real” headboard on his bed for quite a while. The one we used in his pirate bedroom was basically just a piece of dropcloth. I wanted something a little more substantial that could balance out the wood on his refinished dresser.

But even before the pirate bedroom, his head board was just a simple piece of wood cut to 40″ x 60″ and covered with padding and fabric. That was two years ago but I kept the headboards because I knew I’d have a use for them again.

A bed with blue striped comforter


I had a friend cut the wood into slats for me. I just asked him to cut them evenly, so the headboard would keep the same height. They came out to about 4 1/4″.

I stained the boards with the same gray minwax stain I used on the dresser drawers.

Another friend to cut a stencil for me on her Silhouette. I chose this Darth Vader quote from Star Wars:

A close up a wooden headboard

I added a very thin layer of polyurethane to seal it.

A stuffed Yoda and pillow on a bed

When it was dry, I nailed it on the wall using 2″ finishing nails to form a headboard. I considered attaching the wood to slats to make a movable headboard, but I know my son and knew that wasn’t a good idea!

I’m working on setting up the finished room today, and I couldn’t be more excited! Watch for a reveal post in the next couple of days.

**UPDATED – To see the whole room, click on the photo below!

Social media image of Boy\'s Star Wars Bedroom

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  1. So cute! I love the idea of using words to express the theme! My daughter woulf flip over that Yoda doll – and she’s just turned 30! LOL! I’m sure your son is loving his “new” room! Hugs, Leena

  2. Love it–can’t wait to see the whole room! It’s making me wish I had a kid who was more into Star Wars 🙂

  3. Love this! I think it is so smart to keep things neutral and just add a few themed touches. You can change the pillows later when his tastes change and just refinish the headboard. I switched to neutral bedding for both my kids and it makes changes very easy. My son has a navy blue comforter that have made the switch from sports with red accents to space with orange accents. I added a white duvet to my daughter’s bed to change from hot pink Paris to red, white and blue UK Union Jack.

    Looks great!

  4. It looks great Kristin! The room redo is looking great. I know he will be sooo happy with the changes…you are so very creative and love your kids..that is evident…if no one has told you lately….you are a great Mom! Blessings!

  5. that is so cute. I bet he loves it and I can’t wait to see the room finished. I also have a star wars theme room for my son.

  6. I can’t wait to see the finished product- Sean loves Star Wars so maybe this will inspire his next room makeover.