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!
Nailhead: A wood base is cut to size and shape, covered with layers of batting & fabric then finished by adding nailhead trim.
Paneled Tutorial: A grid made with pieces of MDF board is nailed to the wall then caulking to fill gaps, paint to finish.
Salvaged Window = Wallpaper Frames: Result is a nice decorative piece that can be used in place of a headboard.
Door: A solid old door, refinished and hung sideways with a strip of crown molding along the top edge for a neat finish.
DIY Tufted Upholstered: Made with lightweight wood, foam, quilt batting, spray glue and a few other supplies.
Handmade: Mainly finishing ideas are presented but there is a reference link to the plans.
Patchwork: Squares of coordinating fabric are used for this project, you’ll also need stiff florist’s foam, 1/4″ plywood and quilt batting.
Woven Plywood Project: You don’t have to be a skilled woodworker to transform plain plywood into a handsome headboard. Dimensions provided for King, Queen, Full & Twin.
Hardwood – Round Top: Includes free cutting and project diagram downloads (pdf), skill level noted as Intermediate. Dimensions for King/Queen/Full/Twin provided.
More Projects & 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.