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20+ Budget Friendly Headboard Ideas

Posted By Tipnut On November 16, 2010 @ 3:07 am In DIY Projects,Projects | 6 Comments

If it’s time for a new headboard but there’s no money in the budget to buy one…or you can’t find the exact thing you’re looking for, try designing and making your own. You’ll be surprised how many different, clever ways you can make one, and at a budget price too (especially if you can use repurposed items)! Here’s an updated collection of various tutorials that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net, some quite easy using basic tools and materials while others are a little more advanced. Then at the bottom you’ll find a few quick tips for different items you can use…a little bit of everything here, enjoy!

windhula.blogspot.com

windhula.blogspot.com

DIY Upholstered [1]: Made with pressboard cut to your dimensions then covered with slab foam (with spray adhesive) and wrapped in batting. Finish with fabric and tacks.

Nailhead [2]: A wood base is cut to size and shape, covered with layers of batting & fabric then finished by adding nailhead trim.

houseofearnest.com

houseofearnest.com

kikicreates.blogspot.com

kikicreates.blogspot.com

Shutters [3]: Made with wood shutters, lumber, crown molding and finished with a coat of spray paint.

Paneled Tutorial [4]: A grid made with pieces of MDF board is nailed to the wall then caulking to fill gaps, paint to finish.

evolutionofstyleblog.blogspot.com

evolutionofstyleblog.blogspot.com

etsy.com

etsy.com

Wallpaper How-To: {DIY} [5]: The tutorial also includes a downloadable template (via pdf) for the headboard (for Single, Double/Full, Queen, King and California King).

Salvaged Window = Wallpaper Frames [6]: Result is a nice decorative piece that can be used in place of a headboard.

craftynest.com

craftynest.com

shine.yahoo.com

shine.yahoo.com

Make Your Own Upholstered Headboard [7]: A few supplies and four easy steps is all it takes to have a custom made headboard that will match your decor perfectly…Bonus: you can do this quite cheaply too!

Door [8]: A solid old door, refinished and hung sideways with a strip of crown molding along the top edge for a neat finish.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

blissfulbegonia.wordpress.com

blissfulbegonia.wordpress.com

Fabric Covered [9]: Made with cheap plywood, quilt batting and decorative fabric (or make a slipcover from fabric to cover the board).

DIY Tufted Upholstered [10]: Made with lightweight wood, foam, quilt batting, spray glue and a few other supplies.

allthingsgd.com

allthingsgd.com

bhg.com

bhg.com

Painted Panels Project [11]: Made with a trio of painted hollow-core closet doors, easy way to add color to a room!

Handmade [12]: Mainly finishing ideas are presented but there is a reference link to the plans.

deepthoughtsbycynthia.blogspot.com

deepthoughtsbycynthia.blogspot.com

thenateshow.com

thenateshow.com

Bamboo Flooring How-To [13]: Learn how to use inexpensive bamboo flooring to create an impressive new headboard.

Patchwork [14]: Squares of coordinating fabric are used for this project, you’ll also need stiff florist’s foam, 1/4″ plywood and quilt batting.

bhg.com

bhg.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Wooden Tile [15]: Made by arranging square wood tiles or fabric covered tiles in the shape of a headboard. Tutorial available via pdf download.

Woven Plywood Project [16]: You don’t have to be a skilled woodworker to transform plain plywood into a handsome headboard. Dimensions provided for King, Queen, Full & Twin.

lowescreativeideas.com

lowescreativeideas.com

houseandhome.com

houseandhome.com

Lovely Painted Wood: {DIY} [17]: The biggest cost is the wood, the frame is made with 2″x4″s with chipboard mounted on top then masonite board (giving a nice, smooth finish) and then finished with pine slats.

Hardwood – Round Top [18]: Includes free cutting and project diagram downloads (pdf), skill level noted as Intermediate. Dimensions for King/Queen/Full/Twin provided.

lowescreativeideas.com

lowescreativeideas.com

karapaslaydesigns.blogspot.ca

karapaslaydesigns.blogspot.ca

Morocco [19]: Inspired by West Elm, the pattern is a cheap and easy DIY–painted rubber mats!

More Projects & Ideas

More Ideas

More Ideas

  • Hang a decorative quilt or tapestry panel. You can either frame it or hang on a pretty decor rod (such as ornamental or brass).
  • Hang a large framed mirror or framed picture above the bed or make an arrangement of smaller framed pictures.
  • Attach a narrow shelf to the wall above the bed and place assorted decorative pieces, candles or a large picture above the shelf. You’ll want the shelf to be placed high enough so there’s no danger of hitting your head, yet low enough to look suitable.
  • Arrange fabric panels (pleated or smooth), or painted wood panels, or fabric covered panels from sturdy material, floor to ceiling behind the bed. The fabric panels can be tied back against the wall (like drapes) and place a dried floral swag, mirror or picture in the center.
  • Make a faux headboard from wood garden lattice, paint in a complimentary color to your bedroom’s color scheme. Frame the lattice for a “finished” look.
  • Place a bookcase that’s the same width of the bed behind the bed.
  • Paint a decorative design directly on the wall, or paint wide dramatic stripes from floor to ceiling (see picture) or paint a mural with a border.
  • Place a silk fabric or folding screen behind the bed.
  • Hammer together some wide pieces of lumber (see picture) in widths wall to wall or slighter wider than the bed. Fix directly to the wall or nail to wooden supports (legs). Paint or stain, or upholster with quilt batting and fabric.

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URLs in this post:

[1] DIY Upholstered: http://www.4men1lady.com/2010/04/diy-upholstered-headboard-w-damn-it.html

[2] Nailhead: http://www.houseofearnest.com/handmade-nailhead-upholstered-headboard/

[3] Shutters: http://kikicreates.blogspot.com/2011/02/headboard-tutorial.html

[4] Paneled Tutorial: http://evolutionofstyleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/paneled-headboard-tutorial.html

[5] Wallpaper How-To: {DIY}: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2009/how-tuesday-headboard-from-wallpaper-projects-giveaway-too/

[6] Salvaged Window = Wallpaper Frames: http://www.craftynest.com/2009/06/salvaged-window-wallpaper-frames/

[7] Make Your Own Upholstered Headboard: http://shine.yahoo.com/work-money/make-your-own-headboard-239718.html

[8] Door: http://www.marthastewart.com/272918/door-headboard

[9] Fabric Covered: http://blissfulbegonia.wordpress.com/2007/11/04/how-to-make-a-fabric-covered-headboard/

[10] DIY Tufted Upholstered: http://www.allthingsgd.com/2008/08/diy-tufted-upholstered-headboard.html

[11] Painted Panels Project: http://www.bhg.com/rooms/bedroom/headboard/painted-headboard-panel-project/

[12] Handmade: http://deepthoughtsbycynthia.blogspot.com/2010/05/handmade-headboard.html

[13] Bamboo Flooring How-To: http://thenateshow.kicknetwork.com/howto/detail/bamboo-flooring-headboard-how-to

[14] Patchwork: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/do-it-yourself/fabric-paper-projects/fabric-projects/

[15] Wooden Tile: http://www.marthastewart.com/264448/wooden-tile-headboard-and-floating-bed-p

[16] Woven Plywood Project: http://lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Bed-azzling_Woven_Headboards_Collection_0811.aspx

[17] Lovely Painted Wood: {DIY}: http://houseandhome.com/design/diy-painted-wood-headboard

[18] Hardwood – Round Top: http://lowescreativeideas.com/Home101/Round_Top_Headboard_0911.aspx

[19] Morocco: http://karapaslaydesigns.blogspot.ca/2012/08/diy-west-elm-morocco-headboard.html

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