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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Got Extra Hardwood Flooring Pieces? Make An Attached Headboard Out Of Them!

by Mike Brewer

Hardwood flooring never seems to go out of style. If you're one of the many who love a hardwood floor, you might wonder what you can do with the extra pieces. You can bring the beauty from the floor into your bedroom by creating a headboard. In fact, this is a good project for you to work on while the contractor and his workers are installing your floor in another room. This guide explains the steps you'll need to take in order to make a hardwood headboard a reality.

Step 1: Borrow Some Supplies From the Contractor

Before you get started, ask the contractor for some of the extra pieces of hardwood. Normally, there are several in the event that you might need to replace one of them in the future. Additionally, you'll need these tools and supplies:

  • a tape measure
  • a hammer
  • a box of nails
  • a circular saw
  • a pencil
  • wood screws (optional)
  • an electric screwdriver (optional)

Step 2: Measure and Cut the Boards

Measure the width of your mattress with the measuring tape to make sure you have the right amount of boards. Determine how tall you want your headboard. Mark this length on the boards and cut them with a circular saw.

Step 3: Set Up Your Design

Decide whether you want the boards even across the top, or if you want a unique style of varied lengths. Cut the boards with the circular saw in different lengths to provide a more character to the headboard.

To get a more unique look, don't worry about measuring the different lengths. In fact, you don't have to worry about straight cuts across the top of the boards. The sporadic sizes of the boards and slanted cuts provide a rustic and creative feel to the room.

Lay the pieces of hardwood out on the floor and rearrange them until you attain the desired look. Use your hammer and nails to attach the wood pieces to the wall, going in order of the design.

Step 4: Attach the Bed

An easy way to set up your bed to the headboard is to set the end of the frame against the headboard. If you want to secure the frame to the headboard, then use the electric screwdriver and wood screws to attach them together. Place the screws on the inside of the frame and work your way into the wood.

Once you've attached the frame to the headboard, setup your box spring and mattress.

As you are working on this project, keep in mind that this is a permanent headboard. If you move the bed in the future, take out the screws to separate the frame from the headboard. Use the claw end of the hammer to remove the nails and use drywall mud to fill in the holes in the drywall. Ask your contractor for other ideas on what you can do with the extra pieces of hardwood flooring.

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