One of the fastest ways to brighten your bedroom is to create a new, custom metal bed queen. With shape, size, color and fabric at your discretion, you can create a new look you will love. And the project is so economical; you could change the headboards for each season if you want.
Measure the width of your mattress, then add one inch to determine the width of the plywood base. Determine the shape and height of the headboard. A basic rectangle is the simplest, but the fun of a custom job is to be creative, and a simple curve can make an elegant difference. Look at pictures, surf the Internet and come up with a form that you will enjoy living with. Considering the width of your metal bed queen, sketch your design full size on Kraft paper. Cut out the pattern so you have a template to cut the base for your own headboard. (You can skip this step if you want a rectangular headboard.)
Measure your template so you can decide how much plywood, fabric, padding and batting you need to buy. Buy a plywood sheet that will accommodate your design. Plywood should be at least 1/4 inch thick. The use of 1/2-inch plywood will make the gable heavier, but more stable. Most construction stores have a timber department where this is available. If your metal bed queen design is a simple rectangle, the store has cut metal size. If you have decided on a curved or more elaborate design make sure the wood is large enough to cover your design.