Decorating with Headboards

Decorating with Headboards

Use these easy tips and ideas to create a one-of-a-kind, inexpensive headboard.


Ironically, we spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, but we spend the least amount of time decorating them. Adding a unique headboard is an inexpensive option that makes a huge, beautiful impact.

Curtain Headboard
For a simple, elegant look, hang a decorative curtain rod above your bed and hang long drapes for it that go all the way to the floor.

Tip: Weave long pieces of fabric or pretty sheer scarves through the curtain rings to add more depth to the design.

Plank Headboard
All you need is six long wooden plank boards, screws and wood stain or paint.

1. Stain or paint the wood
2. Allow to dry
3. Screw one board, lengthwise, into the wall above bed
4. Add more boards, spacing them 5 to 10 centimetres (2 to 4 inches) above the previous one until the planks reach 1 to 1.5 metres (3 to 5 feet) above the bed frame

Tip: Depending on the look you desire, alternate wood colours between planks. Go a shade lighter on each plank to create an ombre effect or stain and distress the planks for a rustic feel.

Stencilled Headboard
Stencil a large, bold design you like above your bedframe to create an inexpensive, customizable headboard that can be easily changed out whenever.

Tip: Add designs, outlines or shapes to it and create a truly personalized look.

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Old Door Headboard
Put those gorgeous vintage doors at flea markets and thrift shops to good use. Remove the knobs and secure to the wall with hooks or large screws.

  • Hang one horizontally above a bed or hang two vertically to really add some dimension
  • Leave the antique door as is for a vintage look, or give it a fresh coat of paint

Tip: To take it a step further, decorate the door with twinkle lights or even green vines.

Upholstered Headboard
For a luxurious look without breaking the bank, build a wooden headboard frame in any shape you like, cover it in batting and then upholster it in a fabric that complements your room.

Folding Screen Headboard
Find a folding screen you love and attach it to the wall behind your bed. Leave it as is or give it new look by painting the surface.

Tip: Swap out the folding screen for three to five old shutters attached to the wall.

Most anything can be converted into a fun headboard that’s anything but normal. If you have a special headboard, let us know about it in the comments section below!

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