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DIY Cane Headboard (with Free Plans!)

Do you love the boho look of cane and rattan on furniture? Build this easy DIY cane headboard to get the look! We're also giving away the FREE woodworking plans for this DIY rattan headboard.

Thank you to Kreg for this DIY cane headboard project! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of the cane furniture trend that has hit the world by storm. I even created a whole blog post about the rattan furniture trend last year.

So it makes sense that I’ve been dreaming about DIY versions of cane furniture for a while now.

When it came time to plan Quinn’s room upgrade to get it ready for our short term rental conversion and put in a Queen sized bed, I knew that I wanted to try a DIY cane headboard.

Kreg’s 720PRO Pocket Hole Jig

If you’ve been around awhile, you know that we are big fans of the Kreg pocket hole system. We’ve built so many projects using our K5 Pocket Hole Jig, we even have a super detailed guide and video about how to use it that you can check out here.

But in 2021 Kreg released brand new pocket hole systems that are replacing the K4 and K5, and the upgrades are pretty freakin’ awesome.

The new 720PRO (which we were using for this DIY cane headboard) and the 520PRO (which replaced the smaller K4 system) were improved a ton, the most noticeable change being that they are easier to set up and use – score.

Pocket hole joinery is definitely one of the easiest ways to join wood in woodworking projects. It’s our favorite hidden weapon for beginning woodworkers!

Want to learn more? I wrote a super detailed guide & created a video all about how to set up your Kreg 720PRO Pocket Hole and use it, so be sure to check that out too!

We teamed up with our friends Kreg again for this DIY cane headboard to create the plans and share them online for free, which are now available on!

Kreg Tool is chocked full of so many easy-to-follow FREE woodworking plans! I promise that you are going to find so much inspiration while you’re there!

DIY Cane Headboard – Video Tutorial

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DIY Cane Headboard – Step-by-Step Instructions

Wood products needed

  • 1×4 Yellow Birch, approximately 19 linear feet
  • Strips of scrap wood about 1/8″ thick (for stapling cane) or buy pine screen molding

Supplies needed

Tools needed

  • Kreg 720Pro pocket hole jig
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Impact driver
  • Orbital sander
  • Crown staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Finish nail gun
  • Utility knife

Step 1. Cut and sand wood

Craft a headboard using wood by cutting and sanding it into the shape of a cane.

Step 2. Drill pocket holes

Drilling pocket holes to join wood using Kreg 720PRO pocket hole jig
  • Follow the woodworking plans to drill pocket holes.
  • We used the 720 Pro.

Step 3. Assemble

Fabricate and assemble a cane headboard using the constructed pieces.
  • Construct the headboard frame using pocket holes and 1 ¼” inch pocket hole screws.
  • We ensured squareness by clamping the pieces with the Kreg clamp table before screwing them together.

Step 4. Sand headboard

A man is smoothing the surface with an orbital sander as he works on crafting a cane headboard.
  • Smooth all surfaces with 150-grit sandpaper and an orbital sander.
  • Wipe surfaces thoroughly to remove sanding dust.

Step 5. Finish

Photo of a headboard being stain for natural finish.
  • Apply stain/oil or paint as desired.
  • For a natural finish, we used clear spray lacquer.

Step 6. Prep cane webbing

Preparing the cane involves soaking it in water to make it pliable and easier to attach to the headboard.
  • Submerge cane webbing in water for 30 minutes to 4 hours to allow expansion.
  • When you attach the dampened webbing to the headboard frame, it contracts when drying – giving you a tight finish.

Step 7. Attach cane

Then the man is attach the cane of the headboard
  • Unroll damp cane webbing and pat dry with a towel.
  • Cut into three pieces, leaving a few inches of overhang on each side of the frame.
  • Apply wood glue to the thin wood strips and affix them over the webbing on the backside of the headboard.
  • Secure by stapling, ensuring tautness. Repeat the process for the other sections of the headboard.
After attaching the cane to the headboard, the man is trimming off any excess cane.
  • Cut off excess cane when finished using a utility knife.

Step 8. Mount headboard to wall

Finally, the man mounts the headboard onto the wall, ensuring it is securely attached and level for a finished and polished look.
  • To hang it on the wall, you can create your own French cleat using scrap wood by cutting one piece at a 25-degree angle with a table saw.
  • Screw one piece of the cleat onto the wall and nail the other to the back of the headboard.
  • Alternatively, use a pre-made metal cleat or another preferred method for mounting.

Ready to see how the super adorable DIY rattan headboard turned out?

View of the little girl's bedroom with bed in floral sheets, blue and grey pillows and diy cane headboard with wall decor

The DIY cane headboard is just PERFECT in this space, don’t you think?

Close up of the bed with diy cane headboard, blue square pillows and floral comforter with green accent wall
Front view of the bed with blanket, floral sheet, blue pillows and diy cane headboard

I absolutely love how it turned out! It was so easy to build and fairly inexpensive as well!

DIY Cane Headboard Cost Breakdown

Note: these costs are, of course, subject to change and may be different in your region.

Materials needed

  • 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ Yellow Birch, Approximately 19 Linear Feet @ $4.79 per foot = $91.01
  • Strips of scrap wood, 1/8″ thick (for stapling cane webbing)…alternatively if you didn’t want to make your own, you can buy pieces of pine screen molding
  • Clear spray lacquer = $9.68
  • 24″ wide cane webbing, Approximately 7 feet = $112.99

**Already on hand: 150 grit sandpaper, 3/4″ staples, 2 1/2″ construction screws, finish nails, wood glue, 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, and all tools required, like the Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig 720Pro**

Total Cost of DIY Cane Headboard – $213.68

We used this metal base for the bed frame and purchased this mattress for the space as well.

Side view of the diy cane headboard and blue pillows
Bed with blue pillows, floral sheet and diy rattan headboard

For the bedding, I grabbed this budget-friendly comforter and paired it with some soft navy throw pillows and a gray pillow with tassels. This cozy chenille throw blanket is the perfect finishing touch, too!

We’ll likely swap out the bedding when we leave, so this was perfect for the time being and it really makes it still feel like a little girls’ room.

UPDATE: After we built this headboard, we thought it needed a matching nightstand. Check out the DIY boho nightstand here!

Close up front view of the bed with floral bed spread, blue and grey pillows, bunny and sheep stuffed toys and the diy cane headboard

This easy-to-build DIY cane headboard was SO fun to make! And the best part is that we’re giving away the free woodworking plans so you can make it too!

So even if you’re not ready to build a whole DIY bed frame, you can make this easy headboard for a beginner-friendly alternative.

Queen sized bed with boho rattan headboard, blue square pillow and floral bedsheet with text overlay that says cane headboard with free plans!
How To Build A DIY Cane Headboard

How To Build A DIY Cane Headboard

Yield: 1 cane headboard
Active Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $215
Do you love the boho look of cane and rattan on furniture? Build this easy DIY cane headboard to get the look!


  • 3/4" x 3 1/2" Yellow Birch
  • 1/8" strips of scrap wood
  • 24" wide cane webbing
  • Clear spray lacquer
  • 150 grit sandpaper
  • 3/4" staples
  • 2 1/2" construction screws
  • finish nails
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/4" pocket hole screws



  1. Cut your wood according to the cut list in the plans.
  2. Drill pocket holes using a pocket hole jig.
  3. Assemble headboard frame with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
  4. Sand smooth with 150 grit sandpaper and an orbital sander.
  5. Seal with stain or oil of your choice.
  6. Soak cane webbing for 30 minutes to 4 hours so it can expand.
  7. Attach cane webbing to the frame while it is still damp using wood glue and staples.
  8. Hang on the wall behind your bed and you're done!

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