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Picture of Mount a Headboard with a French Cleat

I found a rustic queen headboard on free Craigslist. It has been wedged between my bed and the wall for several weeks which is not ideal; it thumps against the wall when I sit on the bed. It is time to mount it to the wall using a simple french cleat.

This project is great because it requires very little precision. The total cost is under $5 if you have access to tools.


  1. 1x3 board
  2. Various screws


  1. Table saw
  2. Miter saw
  3. Drill
  4. Stud finder
  5. Level
  6. Glue gun

Step 1: Make a French Cleat

Picture of Make a French Cleat

A french cleat is a simple way to secure items to a wall. It uses two angled pieces of wood and can either be removable or permanent. I made the cleat from a 1x3 board but other sizes would work too as long as they are not badly twisted or warped. Pick a board that fits between your headboard and the wall without too much gap.

Set the table saw angle to about 20 degrees and rip the board. I cut the boards in half to make two pairs of french cleats but one would suffice.