50 Best DIY Headboard Ideas

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A statement headboard can transform a bedroom from bland to grand. Gone are the days of a single headboard design – now the options are endless. With a little creativity, give your bedroom a simple design upgrade with these DIY Headboard Ideas that are unique, beginner-friendly, and make great upcycling projects.

The stylistic possibilities that headboards present in bedrooms are endless. Bold headboards covered in funky patterns can add playful accent colors to a room, while wooden bedposts can give a relaxed, organic feel. Likewise, solid color headboards are perfect for playing supporting roles in lively and eclectic interiors. Plus, they come with an added bonus – you don’t have to sacrifice square footage!

Everything from repurposed barn doors to custom woodwork and wallpaper can serve a new purpose in a bedroom. Items you may already have on hand, such as blankets, shelves, and even extra curtains, can be turned into an upcycled bed frame that will bring a bit of flair to a master bedroom, guest room, or bedroom. friends or a children’s room.

So, browse our collection of clever designs that breathe new life into their respective pieces. Find out how designers think outside the box to create unique bedroom configurations. We promise that after checking out the list below, any doubts about choosing this unique DIY project will be effectively cleared up.

And for more bedroom improvement ideas, check out these stylish bedroom accent walls, chic minimalist bedroom designs, and striking black and white looks that are timeless.

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Go rustic with a set of barn doors as a headboard. It’s a creative and ingenious way to bring interest and texture to your bedroom.

Adding a raised trim behind a bed creates visual interest not just for the bed, but for the entire space. Custom trim will make the room instantly chic and elevated.

If you like getting your hands dirty, then a hand painted headboard might be for you. It’s an idea that gives you complete creative control – the paint color, design and details are all in your hands.

It’s the perfect way to bring dramatic detail to your space and achieve a beautiful headboard in the process. With so many design templates and patterns, the options are endless and truly customizable for any room.

Curtains don’t just belong on a window. Why not take some pretty curtains and have them frame a headboard behind a bed? Get creative with different fabric colors and patterns.

Using a large piece of art as a headboard is a chic way to create a focal point in a bedroom. The art itself can be handpicked to fit any style and space. It’s sure to add a wow factor.

A headboard doesn’t always have to be the most striking feature in a bedroom. Keeping it simple allows the other design elements of the space to shine through, such as the striking wallpaper and art on the walls, as seen in this bedroom.

For a coastal-inspired bedroom, head to the beach for headboard materials. Driftwood or recycled oars bring a bit of beach indoors and come together beautifully to frame a bed.

For a quick update to an existing headboard, add a blanket! Blankets with pretty patterns, or even just a new color, add a fresh touch to a room.

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Use existing items

An existing architectural element, such as a built-in shelf, can often be used as a headboard. This bedroom uses a simple recessed as the focal point of the room and keeps things calm with clean lines and neutral colors.

Talk about a statement piece! A custom floral mural behind a bed draws attention to a focal point in this bedroom.

Duvets are classic bedroom staples, so why not throw one over the headboard? With a variety of patterns and colors to choose from, a quilt-covered headboard brings a traditional design element to any room.

With a canopy bed, you can’t go wrong using beautiful curtains as your headboard. Curtains offer great texture and movement, while adding an element of softness.

Turn any bedroom space into a magical place with a tulle canopy. Any little girl’s bedroom is sure to be the fanciest with soft tulle framing the bed.

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Statement Design Pieces

A statement piece works as a faux headboard in this neutral space. There are so many different types of wall art, so get creative.

Get crafty using wallpaper to frame a headboard and define a space. The wallpaper options are endless, so find the one that best suits the room and the mood.

A tufted headboard is a classic style that is sure to last for years. If you are looking to bring a bit of femininity and elegance to your space, this style will be perfect for you.

If you really want to create visual interest, add custom wood panels behind your bed. This herringbone wood detail adds a modern and sophisticated element to this bedroom space.

Bring a nautical design element to the bedroom with wainscoting. Not only is it classic, but it’s the perfect material to define a headboard design.

Creating a wallpaper headboard is an easy way to make a statement. Bring the floor-to-ceiling wallpaper for a dramatic focal point in the room.

For a bedroom fit for a princess, add a beautiful canopy above the bed. This stunning fabric will bring a bit of whimsy and wonder to any child’s room.

A bold graphic serves as both a beautiful focal point and headboard in a bedroom. With matching pillows on the bed, the eye is drawn directly to the bed in this space.

A modern piece of art brings a contemporary touch to this bedroom space. The mix of different materials, such as wire and wood, gives this bedroom tons of cool texture.

Custom shelves above a bed make a practical and beautiful headboard. It’s a good place to display odds and ends, and also serves as a handy place to rest a glass of water or a phone.

Grabbing a flag (or two) is a great way to add personality to a space. Nautical flags give this bedroom the right touch of coastal flair.

Some delicate trellis work adds a bit of dimension and beauty to this bedroom space. It will bring a bit of garden party magic from the outside in.

A custom fabric headboard can cost a fortune and have a high delivery time these days. Who wants to wait when you can just DIY it? This floral fabric headboard is secured with simple ribbon bows, adding a touch of feminine charm to the look.

The perfect solution to the “no drawing on the walls” dilemma. A wall painted with chalkboard paint lets a child’s imagination run wild and design their own custom headboard. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Sometimes colorful rugs are just too good to use just underfoot, so why not turn them into striking headboards?

There are so many ways to get crafty with wall art, and wall decals are one of them. They’re a great way to add a custom design element to a bedroom that doesn’t seem too permanent.

Custom built-ins enhance just about any space in a home. This bedroom is a dream for avid readers and collectors of all types.

The Chicago-based company Alan Design Studio replaced a traditional headboard with a Japanese room divider in this glamorous bedroom.

Follow the interior designer Duan Curry’s lead and consider using sanded wood panels as a decorative headboard.

Atlanta-based studio Davis Workshop created a bohemian vibe by substituting a geometric rug for a traditional headboard.

San Francisco-based company Form + Field paired a low-profile bed with a room divider, creating a casual, classic California-inspired bedroom.

Layering a cozy throw on a headboard is never a bad idea! Designate Denise Foley draped a tactile orange textile over a complementary headboard in this boho bedroom to create an alluring effect.

Post a wood panel on your bedroom wall and you’re done! You have an elegant headboard, much like this one created by LA-firm Haenisch & Associates Travel.

For this guest room, Chicago-based studio Plugged used a bold geometric textile for the bedroom curtains and headboards.

A custom paint job can do wonders when it comes to making a headboard look just like you. Ann Arbor-based studio Fabric and Gender decorated an old headboard with gray paint and candy pink accents.

A unique rattan headboard makes a great partner for a dramatic wallpaper, as shown in this lively bedroom by lattice house design.

A bold textile fashioned as a headboard makes a dramatic statement in this quintessentially Californian bedroom by A-lister design Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

Purple panels fashioned like a headboard make a striking impact in this chic bedroom from the New York-based designer Duan Curry.

If you have a headboard with a spectacular silhouette, all you have to do is reupholster it to give it new life! For the dramatic headboard in this eclectic bedroom, designer Robin Ganon chose a classic tartan plaid.

A smoked mirror placed behind a simple headboard makes a striking effect in this bedroom designed by Summer Thornton.

Crowning store-bought headboards with canopies is a great way to personalize them, as shown in this darling bedroom designed by Ash Street Interiors.

A towering headboard can add instant drama to a room, as shown in this carrier bedroom. Design by Dan Scotti.

Designate Angie Hranowsky transforms a simple bamboo headboard by layering an ornate textile panel behind it.

Built-in shelves and a retractable padded panel make the headboard of this piece designed by Harte Brownlee & Associates as customizable as possible.

An elongated padded headboard designed by the firm Form + Field adds gravity to the casual bed that skims the floor of this bedroom.

When you personally customize a headboard, you can extend it to wrap around your bedside tables as well. Take inspiration from the Beverly Hills-based designer, Lori Gilder.

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