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DIY West Elm Morocco Headboard

Happy Thursday!  Today I am going to cover one headboard idea we gave during our segment with our local Fox station last week.  It’s one my favorites!

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You see, I’ve always loved this headboard from West Elm. . .

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And when I saw this rubber door mat at Target. . .


I knew I had found the perfect piece to DIY my own version of the West Elm headboard with ease!

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Here are the quick, easy instructions.

1. Paint the mats (spray paint works best).
2. Cut a piece of plywood the size you want your headboard to be.  Remember to take the size of the mats into account as well.  Two mats side by side make the perfect width for a queen size bed.
3. Paint or stain the plywood.  If you want the piece to look more like the West Elm version, paint the plywood the same color as the wall so it looks as if there is no backing.
4. Attach your mats to the plywood.  We used a finish nailer.
5. Trim out the piece to finish things off!


Not bad, right! :) Our queen size version was less than $100! Compare that to the $400 queen size from West Elm and we’ve just saved $300!!!

Anybody out there rather just buy one?  We’re selling this one for $200, e-mail me if you’re interested! :)  ’Til tomorrow!


26 Responses to “DIY West Elm Morocco Headboard”

  1. So simple- what a great idea! I bet it wouldn’t be too bad to lean against either.

  2. Claudia says:

    That is BRILLIANT!

  3. Lorie says:

    That is brilliant!! I am going to feature it on my site this afternoon!!

  4. Wowza. What a great idea!

  5. What a wonderful idea! Way to go! Filing this away in my mental bedroom ideas for when I get to the point I can redo my bedroom!

  6. Um, this is genius. I love the way you guys always come up with ways to knock off expensive home items – I honestly like yours better! Stunning!

  7. Brandi says:

    Pure genius! Seriously this is like so amazing. I am in awe!

  8. this is AMAZING – love it and the genius idea!

  9. what a cool idea! we toyed with the idea of drawing the morrocan design on a piece of plywood and then cutting it out piece by piece with a jigsaw. we ended not doing any headboard right now but i love your version!

  10. Mandy says:

    GENIUS!! This is beautiful. Love, LOVE :)

  11. nadia says:

    Wow!!! I love the way your mind thinks! Such a clever way to transform the use of an everyday item into something beautiful….inspirational! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Love it! What kind of spray paint did you use?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I actually like yours better!!!

  14. Mary Nickels says:

    Pure Crazy Beautiful! I don’t have a finish nailer. Does that help the nails not show? Without it, what would you suggest for nails. It looks like you actually used 4 mats. Maybe two would be two short behind a queen size bed? Thanks for any questions you can clarify!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Love this so much! And you’re not limited w/ squares, you could use some of the rounder or oval shapes too I bet. You really are one of the most creative DIY’er out there!

  16. stacy says:

    This post is awesome! I love reading practical, DIY ideas! If I hadn’t already purchased a guest bed from a garage sale, this would have totally been in our house!

  17. I love the West Elm bed and your knock off is just as amazing. You did a great job. What a creative and genius idea. Kudos to you! Lesley

  18. Aubs says:

    awesome! What is the name of the mat at target?

  19. Michelle L. says:

    Kara, that is insanely cool!!! A beautiful repurposed piece of art – I LOVE it!

  20. Denise Ferguson says:

    So, how much were the four mats? Thanks. Gorgeous job!

  21. Allie says:

    This is crazy! It turned out so beautiful! I found you via Centsational Girl.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    This is a great project, thank you!

  23. Eudocia c. Jerico says:

    BomDia….godo moreninha!!

    Amei esta idéia.. I louve idea….

  24. Dee says:

    Came out prettier than west elm!! I am so gonna do this.. Thanks for this awesome idea

  25. Ashlea says:

    Love this idea – I have been wanting to do a DIY headboard for a while now and I think this is the design I’m going to go with. Thanks for sharing!! :)

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