DIY Back-Lit Batman Headboard

Attention all Super Hero Fanatics!  This one is for you!

My husband built this headboard at the request of our youngest son…ahem – college-age youngest son!  #theynevergrowup  But I have to admit, it is pretty awesome.  Especially when you turn the lights out… “LIGHTS OUT! Now you wanna get nuts? Come on! Let’s get nuts.”

3/4″ plywood – we purchased Top Choice for a smoother, clean paint finish
2 x 4 x 8
2 1/2″ screws
Black Paint
Rope lights

My husband sketched out the headboard to fit a queen size bed.


With careful measurements he transferred his sketch to the plywood



Using a jigsaw, he cut out the shape.  He said “the curves are tricky but sanding is your best friend.”


He painted the entire surface with Olympic “Black Magic” semi-gloss paint.

For the legs, he cut the 2 x 4 to a height so that the “eyes” would sit above the mattress.  He then secured them to the back of the headboard using 2 1/2″ screws.

To back-light the headboard, a 24′ rope light was perfect for a queen outline.  {The kit we purchased includes the mounting hardware}

The Dark Knight slumbers after another day saving Gotham.


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11 thoughts on “DIY Back-Lit Batman Headboard

  1. It really is super cool. I bet your son is over the moon with his bed. super idea. I love it. Thank you for linking to Celebrate Your Story! Link Party -Jenny @ Paintyourselfasmile


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