This Utilitarian IKEA Piece Gets Transformed Into a Beautiful Cane Headboard

DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke

One of our favorite pieces of furniture has to be a statement cane headboard, perfect for a laid-back boho bedroom with lots of earthy textures and natural accents. If you love the cane trend as much as we do (like this gorgeous cane cabinet), let us introduce you to a fun new IKEA hack. It's a stylish headboard that doesn't come with the usual hefty price tag. Yup, this do-it-yourself is made in a few simple steps using a $12 IKEA Ivar end panel. Let's get started ...

DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke

Things You'll Need

  • Hand saw

  • Scissors

  • Hanging plates (if you're going to drill directly into the wall)

NOTE: We used the 20-inch-by-70-inch Ivar panel for our standard double bed but IKEA does sell a bigger version if you have a larger bed.

Step 1

First we need to remove the end legs from the Ivar. FYI: only one side has slightly longer legs so you don't need to cut both ends. Use a measuring square and pencil to mark a cut line 2 1/4 inches from the end of the legs.

DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 2

Use a hand saw and follow your cut line to remove the ends.

DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 3

Now we can add the cane webbing. Take a staple gun and staple the cane to the crossbars of the Ivar panel.

DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke

Staple the ends first, then the middle crossbars.

DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 4

Next, staple along the long side bars and tuck the webbing in so you can staple inside the bars to keep the cane nice and level from the front.

DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 5

Grab some scissors and trim off the excess (this is a little messy, so grab a broom or vacuum cleaner!).

DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 6

To hang the headboard above our bed, we screwed some hanging plates onto the back at each end. This allows you to drill the headboard directly to the wall.

DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke
DIY Cane Headboard
credit: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!