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Two Tables as a Headboard
Set two tabletops next to each other to create a wide rectangle, then place two legs on either side, staggering them to create a stylized, tiered look. (Note: This will fit a full-sized bed; use three tables to create a queen-sized headboard, and attach two-by-four legs for added stability.) We flipped our design over and laid three 1-inch-by-3-inch boards across them—along the top, the middle and the bottom—and drilled pilot holes through the boards. Once we screwed the boards tightly to the table pieces to hold them together, not only was our headboard secure, but the boards also created a small ledge for hanging it on the wall. (Two tables and boards = less than $30.)