It’s no question that a headboard is an impressive addition to your bedroom but, sadly, they aren’t always budget friendly!
The good news is that you can still sleep like royalty without breaking the bank with these affordable DIY headboard ideas.
Here are the 32 best DIY headboard ideas from today’s top decor bloggers:
1. Repurpose an old door as a DIY headboard
Find an antique door and press it up against the wall to instantly upgrade your room from plain to chic.
2. Pallet boards make versatile headboards
Go hunting for a free pallet board. You can pull it apart to create your own design, or simply lean it on your wall for an easy DIY wood headboard.
Source: 6 Clever Sisters
3. Hang some stylish fabric
One of the many cheap headboard ideas is to hang a textile on your wall. Choose some material that you love and simply tack it up behind your bed.
Source: Design Sponge
4. Make your own DIY headboard mantel
This tutorial will show you how to make a headboard that looks identical to a fireplace mantel, giving your room the designer flare it deserves.
Bonus: When it’s finished, you can use it to display your favourite trinkets!
Source: Ana White
5. DIY Headboard using mix and match ceiling tiles
Whether you mix them up or stick with one style, tin, faux foam, or other ciling tiles can make for as a wonderfully unique DIY headboard. Go big or go small; it’s up to you!
6. Paint directly onto the wall
Create the illusion of a headboard by painting the wall around your bed. Go for something easy like a shape, or flex your creativity with something elaborate like a landscape silhouette.
7. Try vintage shutters
Refurbish old shutters to add a rustic look to your room. Then, place them behind your bed when you’re finished (yes, it really is that easy).
Source: House of Winchester
8. Books aren’t just for reading
This DIY open book headboard is a real standout, and it’s surprisingly affordable. Thrift some old hardcover books and screw them onto a wooden frame.
Source: Apartment Therapy
9. Create a mock headboard with art
One of the simplest headboard ideas is to find a collection of art you like, hang it up in a collage-style above the bed and call it a night.
10. Channel your inner hippy with macramé
Once you master the art of macramé, you’ll never want to stop! Hang your creation on a curtain rod or piece of driftwood when you’re finished.
11. Make folding screens your friend
Apart from being a great way to separate space in a room, a folding screen makes for one of the most unassuming headboard ideas. Lean it against the wall behind your bed and voila!
12. Add whimsy with lights
A headboard made of lights will add a beautiful warm glow to your late nights. It’s surprisingly easy and cheap to make one and the effect will be regal.
13. A shelf makes it simple
Kill two birds with one stone by creating a built-in shelf that doubles as a delightful headboard, providing visual interest as well as as a great place to store your stuff. Add a single shelf on the wall or buy a full stand-up shelf to place your bed against.
Source: Adore Magazine
14. Peg boards are full of possibility
A peg board will allow you to hang anything, including art, plants, jewellery or even shelves. Cheap? Check! Easy? Check!
15. Use existing windows as a backdrop
The window in your room already acts as an existing frame, so why not use it to your advantage?
If the sizing is right and you don’t mind a bit of natural light, scooch your bed under the sill.
16. Decorate with obscurity
Next on the list of affordable headboard ideas is the use of obscure objects.
Place something compelling on your wall like a wicker hanging piece, mismatched antique door knobs or some antique picture frames.
17. Wallpaper adds a nice touch
Wallpaper is a great solution to the empty space haunting the wall behind your bed.
The DIY headboard tutorial below features a cut out shape, but you can also keep things simple by accenting the entire wall.
Source: D. Marie Interiors
18. Get quilty
There’s a bit of nostalgia that comes with quilting your old fabrics. Your quilt creation will add a cozy backdrop to your snoozing.
Source: Cosmo Cricket
19. Frame beautiful fabrics
If sewing is too much work for you, find some pretty fabric and fit it into a frame! Mix and match colours, sizes and patterns for full creative control.
20. Draw or paint a headboard
Can’t spring for a headboard? You can draw one directly onto your wall using the shape of your desire!
Source: Art & Home
21. Go big with oversized art
One big piece of art leaning behind your bed can act as a beautiful DIY headboard. You don’t even need to go through the trouble of hanging it up.
22. Thrift a headboard
An easy alternative to learning how to make a headboard is to simply thrift one. Then, refurbish it to your liking.
Check this before and after out for inspiration:
23. Try plywood for a minimalist look
One sheet of plywood behind your bed can look effortlessly modern as a DIY wood headboard. It’s simple and sleek (plus, it’s easy on the wallet).
Source: Apartment Therapy
24. Don’t underestimate pillows
Apart from being really fun to jump into after a long day, pillows can add a lot of glam to your bed. Have enough to make a statement, but not so many that it takes an hour to arrange them.
Alternatively, you can make a hanging pillow headboard with the help of this tutorial.
Source: DIY Enthusiasts
25. Think rustic windows
Browse the thrift store for some antique windows and upcycle them to match your room. Then, hang them behind your bed for a chic DIY masterpiece.
Source: Liz Marie Blog
26. DIY upholstered headboard
Take matters into your own hands with a DIY upholstered headboard. There are many different designs to choose from, including this one:
Source: Art & Home
27. Put some unique objects to work
Express your own personal style by creating a DIY headboard fashioned from things you love in your day-to-day life.
This coastal bedroom looks fantastic with a Oar-iginal DIY headboard desng made from old paddles.
Source: DIY Network
28. Farmhouse feels
Think of finding some scrap material like roofing metal or old barn wood for a rustic creation. You’ll feel like a country champion with a barn board headboard!
29. Cover up space with curtains
Curtains will make a big impact on your wall while making very little impact on your bank account. Your windows will be jealous!
30. Hack some Ikea
You can take a very basic frame and give it a unique design of your very own, similar to how Liz Calka did by adding in some delightful woven canvas strips.
Source: Apartment Therapy
31. Chalkboard designs are easy to change
Coat the space behind your bed with chalkboard paint and turn your headboard into anything you like!
Source: Residence Style
32. Spring for a lightbox
A lightbox will give you the option to change the displayed message every once in a while. You can learn how to make one with this inexpensive online tutorial or simply buy one and hang it up.
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