DIY Headboards – 10 Creative Ideas

DIY headboards can be an inexpensive way to add personality and style to a bedroom. The bed can’t help but be the focal point in the room. It is usually the largest thing in there and sits right in the center. It’s going to be noticed. And nothing looks more uninteresting than an undressed bed that lacks a headboard. Even if you have beautiful bedding, the headboard adds the crowning touch. The right headboard can help to define a room’s style.

  • Is the room modern? Use a simple headboard with straight lines.
  • Is the room coastal? Make a headboard out of old oars.
  • Is the room country chic? Create a headboard using an old iron gate.

Making your own headboard is a great opportunity to bring in color with your choice of fabrics and paints. You can also bring in architectural detail with molding and trims. Your headboard doesn’t have to be elaborate and you don’t have to spend a lot of money on it for it to be the room’s centerpiece. Over the years I’ve picked up some at thrift stores that, with a little elbow grease and a can of spray paint (my favorite tools), have transformed into amazing one-of-a-kind headboards.

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With a little imagination, you can create your own unique headboard that makes a statement in your bedroom. For inspiration and to help you get your creative juices flowing, I have 10 cool headboard ideas for you.

1 This headboard was created using tongue-n-groove barn wood, taken from an old shack.

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Buckets of Burlap

2 A vintage fireplace mantel was re-purposed to create this French country headboard.

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The Old Painted Cottage

3 Some gold painted molding, a little cork board and some polka-dotted fabric make an interesting headboard in this teen’s room.

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Carlyn and Company

4 Hang a distressed old door on its side and you have an instant headboard.

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Buckets of Burlap 

5 Three hollow-core doors painted with black lacquer and stacked in a row make this headboard a stunning focal point.

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Better Homes and Garden

6 This headboard was created using a bunch of fabric samples.

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7 If you place the bed in the corner, this is a great solution for the headboard.

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Tommy Chambers Interiors

8 Here’s another way to use old doors for a headboard.

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Dreamy Whites

9 Attach fabric to the wall and frame it with molding. Finish it off by adding crown molding at the top.

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10 Place foam or batting behind the fabric before you attach it to the wall to create a padded headboard. Then frame it with molding.

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Troy Spurlin Interiors 

Have you ever created your own headboard? Which one of these designs is inspiring you?

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    Rose2525 says

    Peggy, I love all the ideas for headboards and am in the market for making my own. I absolutely love the fabric ones framed and attached to the walls, but how do you attach them to the wall?

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      Peggy Pardo says

      The easiest way is using what’s called a “french cleat”. You can find them at most improvement centers; here’s a link for one at Home Depot: so you can see what they are. Make sure you use one that is suitable for hanging a headboard and long enough to accommodate it. 🙂