11 Charming, Clever DIY Headboards

Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!

Have you ever noticed that headboards are weirdly expensive? How is this piece of wood that keeps my pillow from falling down between the mattress and wall $500?

Thankfully, ASID-certified interior designer Liz is here to help!


Now that I am officially done with mourning the loss of summer, it’s time to pick myself up and focus on the best thing about autumn. The perfect windows-open sleeping weather is here, at least in Cleveland. My constant desire to snuggle under a cozy blanket has me thinking a lot about beautiful beds and I’ve come to a conclusion: it’s hard to have a proper adult bedroom without a headboard.

Jamming your pillows right up to a plain wall just doesn’t seem quite as luxurious as the finishing touch of something to lean against while watching the Big Lebowski for the eleventy-third time. Sadly, this is my life!

My 100-year old apartment has tiny bedrooms and losing a few inches to a headboard means my glorious king bed won’t fit.

But, I’m determined to rectify this so I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite unconventional headboards that scoff at spatial and budgetary constraints. I’m skipping using room divider screens, palette wood, and reclaimed doors because they’re all over the interwebs.

11 Charming, Clever DIY Headboards 

My favorite is always the classic upholstered headboard with linen bedding. Do it on a budget by upholstering a large sheet of foam core

Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!

Work wallpaper into a strong vertical line by placing it to the ceiling, but not much wider than the bed. Your ceilings will look taller. There are a bunch of inexpensive removable wallpapers on the market right now. Or, you could starch a piece of fabric to the wall for the same look.

Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!

Spruce up a DIY palette bed with a ye olde wall map. You could work a palette as a headboard, but I’m a little tired of seeing them. Is that just me? Probably.

Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!

Wallpaper or stencils can be applied to mimic a traditionally shaped headboard, but without the price tag or commitment to power tools.

Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!

Go big with height and width and install reclaimed ceiling tiles right to the wall. Make sure the edges aren’t sharp! You could always frame around the edges with strips of 1x to ensure nothing snags. Bonus points for a regal pet.
Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!
Keeping the reclaimed building materials theme going, how sweet is this mantel turned headboard? It’s a great alternative where there isn’t the width for bedside tables.
Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!
In a nod to traditional tapestry hangings, a dowel rod and a favorite fabric will pull the eye up and lend an extra layer of softness.
Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!
So will a rug. A RUG! I’m doing this in my next guest bedroom.
Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!
 Can’t find a proper headboard to fit under a high window sill? Use floor or seat cushions!
Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!
I’m obsessed with the idea of framing cork or peg board as a headboard.
Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!
And last (and most definitely not least), just paint a headboard right on the wall. Bravo to this designer for having the guts to do it in black chalkboard paint. Just use a chalk marker so you don’t get the dust of normal chalk.
Looking for DIY headboard ideas? You're in the right place! Don't blow $$$ on a new headboard, make one yourself instead!
And there you have it, a bunch of well-put together beds that will make you feel like a proper adult.  Just remember to Treat Yo Self and invest in quality sheets to make your slumber that much more luxurious.
Thanks so much for the great ideas, Liz! Have you guys DIY-ed a headboard? Share your tips in the comments!
Photos by Project Newton Corner // Bellechasse 2 // Louise de Miranda // Louise de Miranda // Farrow & Ball // House Nerd // Dreamy Whites // Castro Residence // NW 13th Avenue Loft //  Sleeping Loft // Fells Point // Headboard guest post // cc

3 Comments

Lindsi

Yesss! We made a super-simple one with wood, foam, fabric, a staple gun, and cardboard. Home Depot dudes even cut everything to size for us. Looks great and saved a ton of cash!

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Sandra, Italy

Already have a headboard but the 2nd idea of putting wallpaper in a vertical line looks way too great to not try at home! ?

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