You need to take the measurements of your bed before you set out to make the headboard. Use a tape measure for this purpose; measure the width of your bed and the wall behind it.
Determine the size of the headboard which shall fit the space available at the back wall of your bed.
Draw the shape and size of the headboard you are about to make on a sheet of plywood by using a pencil. You can also use a ruler to draw straight lines.
Use a jigsaw to cut the plywood along the lines you have marked with the pencil. Sand the edges of the plywood to remove any splinters.
Paint the headboard with the shade of your choice using a paintbrush. Let the paint dry before you proceed to the next step.
Using a drill and screws, attach the headboard to the box mattress frame of the bed and check its balance with a carpenter’s level afterwards.
Attach the clip-on lights to the painted headboard wherever you desire the light to emerge from. Make sure all the wires and cords from the lamps fall behind the headboard.
Now place the headboard behind the bed, and switch on the lights to check. If some lights are non-functionals, check the wiring again.