Tutorial on how to build these SUPER sturdy and adorable Mod Kid's Chairs... a Land of Nod Knock-off! {Sawdust & Embryos}

Dilemma: Headboard Over Window = SOLVED!

As it turns out, we’re not the only ones that live in a house with unfortunate and tiny bedrooms with ill-placed windows.

A gorgeous was to make a headboard work in front of a window! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Being forced to place your bed in front of a window doesn’t have to mean you have to forego a headboard and curtains altogether, forever relinquishing your rights to a well-designed bedroom.

We get lots of questions about how we addressed this problem in our master bedroom, and we’re delighted to share our findings with you!

Installing your headboard to the wall over a window... with room for your curtains to hang! {Sawdust and Embryos}


We built our own upholstered headboard (Tutorial HERE), we chose to build it to be wall-mounted. We obtained Flushmount hardward here.


This allows us to easily install our headboard on any wall, or wherever we install the other side of the flushmount. With this in mind, we screwed two 2×4’s (the same height as our headboard…in this case 30”) into the wall on either side of our window.


Then we screwed the opposite sides of the flushmounts onto the 2×4’s at our desired height. We only screwed on one side, because we decided it would be the most stable having been screwed into the center of the 2×4 as opposed to all 4 screws being very near the edge, and potentially ripping free. If we had put more thought into it, we may have installed two 2×4’s next to each other. But maybe not too!


This allowed us to swiftly slide our headboard into place over the window.


And we had 4 inches of clearance to hang our Lace Stenciled Dropcloth Curtains!


We purposefully measured out the 2×4’s to end up on the far outsides of the headboard, allowing us to install our curtain rod as wide as possible… giving the illusion of a more grand and wide window!


There you have it! A perfect fix to a widespread problem! It’s totally secure, and it looks as chic as ever! AND, with your bed in front of a window, you don’t have to worry about finding a vintage starburst mirror to hang over your bed so you can fit in with the Jones’! Am I right? Of course I’m right.


  • To see how we made our beaded swag lamps, click HERE.
  • To learn what our wall color is, click HERE.
  • To see how we tore apart a desk and created two night stands, click HERE.
  • To see how we built our own upholstered no-sew headboard, click HERE.
  • To see how we made lace stencil curtains out of painters dropcloth (for $3 a panel!), click HERE.

Did somebody say AUCTION?!
Just So HEXY!
  • Deborah

    I don’t think my comment posted. However, I said that I thought the headboard made your window and room look larger. I like it.

  • Liz Brown

    This is wonderful! I especially like the way your room looks at night. Elegant! :)

  • Ally

    Very smart fix to a very annoying problem. Way to be creative!

  • stella largent

    I am having this exact issue and have been contemplating this idea…happy to see the finished project before I attempt it myself!!

  • Suki

    I have been thinking of how to do this in our bedroom. Making it wall mounted is a perfect solution! And you don’t have to use as much material for the curtains since they don’t have to reach the floor. Bonus!

  • Jessica

    Did you jus use really long screws to attach the 2x4s to the wall?

    • Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos

      Oops we must have forgotten to mention that part! We used a Kreg Jig to create pocket-holes so the screws didn’t end up having to go through the entire board. Hope this helps!

  • NightAngelRose

    THESE* LAMPS*! Wherever did you find them and how much did they cost?

    • Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos

      The brassy parts of these lamps were old antique swag lamps that were passed down to us. We ditched the globes that they came with, and added the beading. So sorry I don’t have a source for you to go purchase them yourself. Here’s the link to that post if you’re interested:

  • Penny

    I have a couple of questions. In our bedroom we also have a window behind our king size bed. It is a standard size window and looks really small compared to our bed. Our ceilings are slanted down because we have a cape cod style house….and the window isn’t even centered to the wall. Ugh. It is an ugly site! I tried a “wall” of curtains as a headboard, but it just doesn’t look right. I would love any suggestions you have of a way to get our bed wall looking better! If you like, I could send a photo of the wall to you. Thank you so much!! ~ Penny

  • Meagan Killingsworth

    What if your window is bigger than your bed? I’d REALLY like to rearrange my master bedroom with the bed in the window, but we currently have a queen size bed with no headboard (ordering one soon though… just found one I LOVE on amazon!). Our window is slightly bigger than our bed… any solutions for that?

    • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

      One option would be to make your headboard bigger than your bed. This could be a really ‘grand’ and awesome look!