How to Build a Bamboo Headboard

What You'll Need
Wall hanging hooks
Twine or string
Masking tape

Bamboo, once rejected as 70s furniture, has received a new lease of life as people have started preferring it to less renewable furniture, and it had again become fashionable to have things such as a bamboo headboard. In keeping with the spirit of green living, rather than purchase the headboard, a simple answer is to build your own. Making your own bamboo headboard can be a tiring project, but the rewards, and a good looking craft headboard that will certainly get some attention, will be more than enough to cover any effort you put into the build. This is an easy enough project which can be handled by anyone with simple home improvement skills.

Step 1 - Getting Your Bamboo

The first thing that you need to do is to find some bamboo canes from your local stores. These can be bought relatively cheaply, but you can also obtain enough bamboo for a headboard by growing your own. Mature bamboo is sturdy and reliable, but there is not much which can beat the pride of making the product from bamboo which you have grown and sourced yourself. If you are anxious to begin work already, then start by purchasing a number of lengths of bamboo, enough for the length of your board, and you can build one cheaply while waiting for your down canes to grow.

Step 2 - Wrap the Bamboo

Once you have your bamboo, you should wrap it up in masking tape along the areas where you will need to cut it. The tape will help to prevent your bamboo from splintering while it is being cut. You can also chop the bamboo into pieces using an axe or a chopper, as this will help to get a better split.

Step 3 - Assembling the Pieces

Once you have the right amount of pieces for your board, lay it all out on the floor, or a large flat surface such as a kitchen table. Begin wrapping twine, or another long tying material such as rope or string. Start at the top, and wrap the twine in a figure eight, looping a second cane into the lower half of the figure. Tie a knot, and then return the same way. Repeat the shape for the rest of the canes. You can now add a second piece the other side of the first, connecting the two together. Once the twine has been finished, tie a larger knot at the base, and secure your bamboo pieces.

Step 4-  Finishing Up

Once you have all of the canes secured together, you can install the headboard using some wall hooks. The twine will serve as the hook of the headboard, and the bamboo will hang from this. You can install a separate loop to attach the hooks to if you wish. Remove any masking tape, and the headboard should now look great hanging on your wall.