Smart headboard ideas can completely transform the look and feel of your bedroom! If you don’t believe us, just check out the 50 Smart and Cheap DIY Headboard Ideas Next Level Your Bedroom Design. Headboard are not a mandatory item in the bedroom yet their impact in the bedroom is massive. A headboard can make the room look smaller or larger, it can animate it through color or offer it elegance and nobility through a black velvet cover or fashion it with dazzling gold and glitter.
I have never tried making my own headboard, always buying frames which come with them included, but I am excited to give it a go. As you guys are probably aware, headboard are available in a variety of sizes and fabrics on the market. You can either buy a simple ready-made one to match your bed, or you can improvise and come up with a headboard that takes the originality level in your bedroom sky-high!
Hopefully, our huge list of headboard ideas can offer you some inspiration. We have prepared examples for each type as well as numerous options for you to choose from.
Next Level Headboard
Take your headboard to the next level by layering two different types of material.
Recycled Object Headboards
Don’t have enough room for books? Store them neatly near your bed and crate a very…knowledgeable headboard. Or open up the books and post them on the wall, for easy access to any famous quote. Mirrors, wallpapers, old wooden panels, an aquarium and even skis- when it comes to designing your perfect headboard, there are no limitations. Unless your sleep partner is not all that much into extravagant bedroom features- you guys should probably have a chat first. From traditional to modern, the headboard ideas below will surprise and inspire you. As usual, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know which design is your favorite!
If you’re on a budget, the recycled headboard is often the coolest and least expensive headboard style. Some headboard ideas made from recycled objects include:
- A wall of books (above)
- Salvaged wood slats
- Leftover wood flooring pieces
- Bamboo poles
- Old doors
To create a sleeker, contemporary headboard look, sand and slightly whitewash the wood slats so they don’t feel rough, look dirty or too rustic in appearance.
For extra design appeal, offset your headboard for an asymmetric effect like the image below.
Faux Brass Headboard
I am not one to cover my home with multiple flashy items, but a straightforward statement piece like this Faux Brass Headboard is right up my street.
On first viewing, I imagined this to be far harder to recreate than it is, and the best part is that you could make the headboard from scratch or merely revamp an old or current one using this method. If gold isn’t your thing then try out silver or bronze, you’re bound to find something that works for your taste.
You can also customize your reclaimed wood headboard with shelves
If you want to add a rustic statement, look not further than this DIY headboard. The unique viewpoint and use of the wood adds texture to the room, while the dark colors pop against the white wall.
An oversized tapestry is a great way to dress up the wall behind your bed, as seen on Finders Keepers.
Geometric Wood Headboard
Got a miter saw? It’s the only power tool you’ll need to build this gorgeous geometric wood headboard by I Spy DIY.
Add Curtains For Headboard
Whether you are protecting your eyes in the morning, hiding a wall defect or simple need an elegant fluid touch as a headboard, curtains are here to help. As you imagine, the possibilities are endless on textures, colors, fabric. Choose wisely.
Cool And Chic
Both the raffia headboard and the floral bedding came from West Elm in the guest room of this Los Angeles cottage.
Narrow Vertical Panel Fabric Headboard
Another non-traditional way to create a cool, modern headboard is by using the panels unconventionally. Hang the panel vertically instead of horizontally. Group two narrow, vertical panels with a gap in-between.
The headboard design above is not only different, but changes with the bedding. The homeowners remove the coordinating striped runners and replace them with new ones that go with the fresh, new bedding.
Woven Placemat Headboard
This idea is genius. I probably have some placemats lying around that would do the job just perfectly, so it’s looking like one of the least expensive headboard DIYs I have ever come across.
I love the rustic but still chic look that this Woven Placemat Headboard gives to the room, but you could use any style and material of placemat you wanted. Be sure to play around with different arrangements before you stick them down for sure to make a headboard you’ll love for years to come.
Headboards Painted On The Wall.
Sometimes the headboard is just a visual accessory so it doesn’t have to physically be there
Rustic Headfloral Headboardboard
For a whimsical, romantic look, paper flowers will turn your bedroom into a fantasy garden. Natalie of Design Love Fest secured paper blooms to her headboard with thin artist tape and floral wire.
Upholstered headboard DIY from Craft Hunter.
Channel Tufted Headboard
Here’s an insanely easy and also super stylish headboard project from Brady at Style by Emily Henderson. It includes steps for creating a matching box spring cover.
Flag headboards are quite common despite popular belief, they add a vintage line through popular choices and a drop of color and deep feeling of appurtenance through all the others.
Old Doors Turned Into Headboards
Old doors recycled into DIY headboards are simply extraordinary, they are unique, they add a vintage touch in the interior design and express a responsible sustainable lifestyle in a beautiful manner. Whether you repaint them or not, vintage doors are easy to upgrade, update or remove afterwards as well.
South Carolina Rustic
A reclaimed barn door serves as this master bedroom’s headboard for a sturdy, rustic look.
Fabric Mosaic Headboard
Buy thick foam, somewhere between 2-5” thick. Have the shop cut it for you on squares or rectangles of your choice. Wrap each panel with fabric and mount on the wall with easily removable Command hanging strips. For a unique look, use different sized shapes and varying color fabrics to create a custom mosaic-effect headboard.
Live Edge Headboard
I like this more creative take on a simple wooden headboard. Plywood is sturdy but thin and easy to cut through, so am confident that even a machinery novice like me could successfully carry out this DIY.
You could draw different patterns along the top of the plywood with a pencil before deciding which one you wanted to use for your Live Edge Headboard. If you wanted to make this a little more kid friendly you could paint it a fun color to match with their bedroom.
Headboards Painted On The Wall.
And there are tons of cute ideas for the kids’ bedrooms as well
Chalkboard headboards can be very fun because they allow you to personalize them as you want. You get to write funny or inspirational messages on them or you can paint all sorts of designs on them. They can be a very nice choice for the children’s room. Instead of an actual headboard you could also just apply a few coats of chalkboard paint to the wall.
Bohemian Tiled Headboard
I always like it when a DIY comes along with a video tutorial as it is far easier to ensure that you are on the right track, especially when working on a larger project like this Bohemian Tiled Headboard.
That said, this does not look difficult to make at all and doesn’t require hundreds of materials. I love the beautiful blue design on the tiles used in this example, and there are countless other patterns and colors on the market so you are bound to find one you will fall in love with.
Geometric Designs Headboards
Modern and contemporary headboards, just like any other elements designed in these styles, often focus on clean, straight lines and geometric patterns. You could opt for a headboard that features an abstract design or for something simple. You can also use color to make them stand out.
DIY bed canopy project from Design Sponge.
We love the look of this wraparound headboard, spotted on Inside Living.
Cedar Shingle Headboard
DIY newcomers rejoice! If you have $10 to spare you can make this cedar shingle headboard by East Coast Creative in a couple of hours.
In the master bedroom, the owner of this historic Catskills home hung an 1854 textile in place of a headboard.
Worn And Wooden
Flat Rock Furniture made the rustic and twiggy hickory bed that resides in the master bedroom of this Georgia lake house.
Three Dimensional Fabric Headboard
Take cardboard boxes and panels of all sizes, “gift wrap” them in your favorite fabric(s) and hang them with Command hanging strips to create a three-dimensional headboard wall, like the headboard wall wrapped in Indian silk above.
Deep Diamond Tufted Headboard
This is the kind of thing that will pop in to many peoples’ heads when you say the word ‘headboard’. I am pretty sure everyone has either had one or knows someone who has, my parents, for example, had one in a rather unattractive shade of orange when I was little.
Not only is this Deep Diamond Tufted Headboard simple to make, but it will be far cheaper to DIY it than to buy something like this is a furniture store. Choosing a bright color in a monochrome room would look funky, or you could stick to neutrals if you wanted to keep it less in your face.
Take your favorite textile, tapestry, or even curtains and hang them on your walls. You can even switch out the fabric every season if you feel like you need a change.
An Artsy Collage Headboard
Use a collection of smaller art store canvases to create an artsy gallery headboard wall. Paint them in a semi or high-gloss, bold color for a contemporary look, like the bedroom shown below. You could also used recycled cardboard boxes if pre-stretched canvases are expensive. Paint the sides in a contrasting color to add dimension.
Wood Block Headboard
Here is another way of having a wooden headboard, but with a bit of a twist on the classic. Made up of many squares, this Wood Block Headboard looks uniform and neat while still being something unique.
Each block will be slightly different because of the fact that they are cut from longer cedar posts, which I think gives the headboard a bit of character. This would fit well in any color room and would take a matter of hours to put together.
String Light Headboard
I have fallen in love with this idea of creating the image of a headboard using string lights. It is far from your conventional headboard, but you could put it up on a whim, using string lights you most likely already have in the house.
The beauty of this String Light Headboard is that you could constantly change the shape of the headboard. One day it could be a house like in this example, the next it could be a mountain range with peaks of different heights. You can purchase string lights in all shapes and sizes, even opting for colored ones if you’re feeling adventurous.
I have a beautiful quilt that my granny made for me for my 18th birthday. I will always treasure it, but it would be nice to be able to display it in a more interesting way than having it simply laid across the bottom of my bed.
That was what drew me to this Quilt Headboard. All you have to do is install a drapery rod above your bed, and you’re good to go. Because the quilt isn’t physically attached to the rod, you could change it up as often as you would like, even replacing a quilt with pretty patterned blankets or fabrics.
I am really feeling the rustic vibe at the moment, and I love pieces of furniture like this Pallet Headboard which help bring that to a room without going completely over the top.
All the wood used for this headboard is dark but there are a couple of different shades throughout which helps it look a little different as opposed to being entirely flat and uniform. Wooden pallets are easy to come across and you can often pick them up for free, so overall this would be an extremely inexpensive DIY.
Pool Noodle Headboard
It’s safe to say that I have never seen anything quite like this Pool Noodle Headboard before, but that definitely does not mean that I am against it. I love it when people make furniture out of things you might not necessarily expect them to, and there isn’t a much better example of that than this.
This would be a lot of fun in a kid’s room, and I like the alteration of colors. It makes it look a little more like an actual headboard as opposed to a collection of floatation aids.
Light Up Headboard
A Light Up Headboard won’t be for everyone, but it would fit right in in the bedroom of a teenager or kid. Again you could write anything you wanted to on the headboard, or even opt for a shape instead, like a crown or heart.
It would take a while to drill all the holes required to put the lights through in this DIY, but it would be well worth it for the final outcome. You would pay a pretty penny for something like this in a store, and with that considered this really is a simple and cheap alternative.
Upholstered Headboard With Nailhead Trim
I never saw myself liking something like this, but the more I look at it the more I realize that I do. That slightly retro looking fabric looks great against the otherwise neutral greys in the room, and the gold nailhead border uplifts it to a really stylish looking headboard.
You can choose to use either single nails or a pre-made length of them for this Upholstered Headboard with Nailhead Trim, so if you don’t have too much time on your hands, there’s the opportunity to take a little shortcut.
Woven Rope Headboard
The rustic and the industrial interior styles come together here with this Woven Rope Headboard. Those steel pipes were a fantastic idea to use as the outline instead of standard wood, and I love the effect this gives when mixed with the thick rope.
I can imagine that the weaving of the rope would be incredibly therapeutic, so sit yourself down with a nice cup of tea and a movie while doing it. You could have the weaving as tight or as loose as you want, equally leaving as much of a gap between the pipes and the beginning of the weave.
I feel like this Burlap Headboard is a combination of a headboard and a piece of wall art, which is one of the reasons why I like it so much. If you are working with a bed that doesn’t have too much wall space around it, then this could be the perfect way of both topping your bed and filling the wall with something pretty.
Just like in this example, you could combine the burlap with lengths of ribbon and lace in order to break it up and make it look prettier. The finished result looks beautiful, and you would never guess it was simply strips of burlap tied along a length of twine.
It takes less than an hour to paint a faux headboard just like this one by Paper & Stitch. To create a crisp rectangle, you’ll need painter’s tape.
Hey, dream weaver, if this gorgeous textile headboard by House Sparrow Nesting doesn’t inspire you to macramé, nothing will.
Picket Fence Headboard
Creating a rustic headboard is as easy as a trip to your local home improvement center. The idea pictured here by Down to Earth Style uses dog ear fence pickets. The two clamp lights, which cost less than $10 each, add an industrial touch.
3d Wall Panels
Create a Lego-inspired headboard as shown by Sweet Parrish Place using paintable 3D wall tiles.
Leftover tile from a bathroom renovation inspired this lovely boho headboard by A Designer at Home. A walnut stain brings out the plywood’s natural beauty.
Woven Wood Headboard
This woven wood headboard by Little Bit Funky is insanely easy to make. After having the lumber cut to size at her local home improvement store, she wove the piece together and secured with wood glue.
Don’t throw out those vertical blinds! You can use them to make this woven headboard by Mad in Crafts. The ingenious blogger who created the project says retailers sell similar, but small versions of this headboard for around $700. However, her statement-making creation cost less than $70. Not bad eh?
Absolutely a curtain can double as a headboard. This tutorial by A Designer at Home shares how to turn your favorite wall tapestry into a hardworking decorative accessory.
In the bedroom of this Oregon home, a wicker-inset headboard from Pier 1 contrasts against wallpaper with a large-scale motif from Anthropologie.
Funky wooden bedframes from Bear Mountain Mercantile add levity and length to this Montana cabin’s kids’ room.
This girl’s room features an old iron bed frame that was a $15 tag-sale steal, spiffed up with a fresh coat of paint.
A Pillow Headboard
Our final suggestion takes the pillows off your bed and mounts them on the wall. For a one-of-a-kind look, hang a collection of pillows on the wall as a headboard to sleep stylishly and well tonight. Below are some other great headboard concepts for you to consider.
No matter how big or small of a space you’re working with, there is a headboard out there for you with a DIY for all your needs, be they fancy, rustic or extremely unique.
I like a lot of these headboards, but the Book Headboard has to be right up there at the top of the list. Its close competitors are the pretty Floral Headboard and the unexpected Faux Tiled Headboard.
Has one of these DIYs caught your eye? Do you tend to go for a rustic or chic interior style in your bedroom?