Bedroom Design Ideas

DIY-ing a Headboard is Easy With These 15 Ideas

Traditional headboards don't always work for your space, especially if you're in a smaller apartment, so quick, easy headboard ideas are still good to keep in mind. DIY headboard ideas have been trending recently, like ones painted on the wall to alternative headboards like gallery walls or giant pieces of art, so here are just a few of our favorites.

1. Paint Your Headboard

painted headboard

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If you want the illusion of a headboard without any additional furniture taking up space in your room, try painting a headboard onto your wall instead. You can pick a shade that plays off of your bedding or other furniture, and you can even play around with the shape to make your room feel more playful rather than traditional. Painted headboards are incredible for smaller bedrooms or for those who love a more minimal look.

2. Try a Bookshelf Headboard

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If space is limited, a bookshelf headboard can help you create the illusion of space. Not to mention, it gives you extra storage space that you can use to add greenery, decorative items, or keep essentials like small lamps or books. 

You’ll Need:

  • Bookshelf

How to Do It:

  • Start by securing the bookshelf to the wall using glue and wood screws
  • Place the bed against the bookshelf

3. Use a Giant Piece of Art of Oversized Mirror

modern bedroom with mirror headboard

Instead of a traditional rectangular headboard, try out a giant piece of art, like Urban Outfitters' Palmera Fan Headboard or a rectangular mirror. It will give you the effect of a headboard but won't take up any floor space in your room. The best part? The only skill you need to make this DIY headboard idea a reality is to hang something up with a nail or two.

4. Try a DIY Cushion Headboard

Cushion Headboard

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For a comfy headboard that’s easy to use and takes up barely any space, this DIY project is a win-win. The best part is this headboard serves as the perfect spot to rest your head while sitting on the bed too. 

 You’ll Need:

  • 2 floor cushions (or more for larger beds)
  • Copper pipe
  • Faux leather
  • Needle and thread
  • Knife
  • Nails
  • Tape measure

How to Do It:

  • Cut 4 strips of leather and fold them in halves; hand stitch to sew the strap onto the edge of the cushion.
  • Repeat the same step for the other cushion
  • Loop the copper pole to the leather straps
  • Secure the leather straps to the wall using small finish nails
  • Done! 

5. Use a Tapestry or Hang a Blanket

Tapestry Headboard

Like a piece of art, a tapestry can have a headboard effect and simultaneously act as art on the walls. Depending on what type of tapestry you choose, you can add texture or a pattern to your wall to lead the eye up. This purchasable King Range Wall Tapestry is an excellent addition to a modern bedroom.  Browse around at your favorite market or online sources like Amazon to find a tapestry that suits your style. We particularly love this idea for larger king-sized beds to add the perfect amount of drama to the room.

6. Make a Plywood Headboard

minimalist bedroom

If you're a frequent Home Depot customer, chances are you've taken a peek at the plywood section. You can get a massive piece of plywood for not too much money, and you can leave it raw and unfinished for a more rustic vibe. If you want to make it feel more personalized, sand it down and paint it a color of your choosing. And if you're in the mood for a giant project, you can DIY your own tufted headboard without having to sew. Check out this video for a tutorial.

7. DIY Wood Headboard

Live Edge Headboard

Just 2 hours can give you this trendy Live Edge Headboard from Classy Clutter, perfect for your rustic modern bedroom. It's great for rooms that may not have a lot of space and where an asymmetrical design may be needed. You can find this easy DIY headboard here.  

8. DIY Mirrored Headboard

DIY Mirrored Headboard

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For a glam bedroom look, this mirrored headboard will hit all the marks. It looks fantastic in feminine, glamorous, eclectic rooms that want to add a special touch.

You’ll Need:

  • A mirror
  • A wooden board
  • Velvet fabric
  • Primer
  • Jigsaw
  • Mirror glue
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Clips
  • scissors

How to Do It:

  • Put primer on the wooden board and follow the instructions for drying
  • Draw the shape of the mirror on the board and cut it using the jigsaw
  • Coat the board with mirror glue and put some clips to hold the mirror and the board in place. Let it dry overnight
  • Nail the wooden planks beneath and at either side of the mirror for support
  • Use the velvet fabric to border the mirror and protect the edges
  • Finally, screw the headboard onto the wall 

9. Paint a Chalk Headboard

Chalk Headboard Idea

All you’ll need for this headboard is a bit of wood, leftover chalkboard paint, and your creativity. You can choose whatever shape you want for your headboard, or if you want a more permanent solution, you can paint straight into your wall. What matters here is your creative self. Chalk headboards allow your creativity to flow, providing the freedom to change your bedroom every weekend. If paint or a wood headboard seems too much for you, consider using removable wallpaper. We love this one from the Home Depot to give you some sort of design even when your creative muse isn’t showing off. 

10. Use a Rug as a Headboard

Rug Headboard

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If you already have a wood or metal headboard, but you feel it lacks personality, why not throw a rug over it? Your rugs don’t have to be resigned to the floor. Simply draping one over a wooden headboard can create an incredible design detail that you can even change with the seasons. We love this design idea for mid-century modern bedrooms or for those who like a more minimal design style.

Make sure to pick one that’s lightweight so it will actually drape over your headboard. We love the Ikat Mix Belgian Flax rug from West Elm for this job. The striking pattern and the playful colors will bring the most out of the space and work as an accent element in your bedroom decor without feeling too overpowering. Even if you don’t have an inch of DIY inspiration in your body, this easy-to-do headboard is impossible to resist. 

11. Metal Headboard DIY

Metal Headboard DIY

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If you love the industrial and thrift look of metal headboards, this project is for you. With a few materials, you can turn old metal pipes into a beautiful headboard. 

You’ll Need:

  • Old metal headboard
  • Metallic paint
  • PVC pipe
  • Black zip ties 

How to Do It:

  • Place the iron bed frame on a cloth
  • Use the metallic paint to refinish the old headboard
  • Use a PVC pi[e and zip ties to fit the headboard on the top of the bed, you can hide the pipes behind the bed

12. Try Panels as a Headboard

DIY Headboard

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We’re so used to the idea of what a headboard looks like that we often limit ourselves. It’s time to think outside of the box with different solutions. A whimsical vintage screen can create a headboard with plenty of character. This idea can be perfect for adding some magic to a kid’s room or incorporating fairy lights. They can also be a cute addition to a guest room to add texture and an intriguing element to the space. Old vintage doors, window panes, and other vintage items add the same amount of character and charm to your bed. 

Wherever you place this headboard will make a long-lasting effect in your home decor. Plus, you don’t need to be an expert in arts and crafts to do this easy DIY project. Get the full tutorial here

13. Trick Everyone Using a Wall Decal

DIY Headboard Decal

Alright, this might be cheating a little bit, but it’s worth the mention. Although this isn’t a DIY project per se, from afar, it certainly looks like one. Forget about staining wood or sanding your new headboard. With this wall decal from Amazon, all you need is to peel and stick your modern headboard. 

A wall decal is an excellent option for those living in rental apartments that don’t have the luxury of more permanent solutions. These are also great for small children’s bedrooms as they change their minds about their style and bedroom themes so often. Instead of going to great lengths to change your headboard game, you can peel these off and change them for new ones. How easy is that?

14. Make a Macrame Wall-hanging Headboard

DIY Headboard

Maybe you know how to do macrame, and you’re willing to go all-in in creating the perfect macrame hanging piece for your bedroom. But, for the rest of us with not so gracious hands, the Macrame Wall Hanging Tapestry is ideal for this DIY project. All you need to find is a simple curtain rod to hand your new boho tapestry behind your bed. Make sure to position it in a way that will showcase the whole tapestry but that it’s low enough that it doubles as your headboard. It’s an easy one-day DIY project that will instantly transform your bedroom. Plus, whenever it’s time to move, you can bring your new headboard with you anywhere you go.

15. Use a Photo Print to Bring Some Art

Photo DIY Headboard

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Are you a photographer? Is there an image that you absolutely love? Why not make it your headboard? This is an easy DIY project that you can finish within an afternoon. 

You’ll Need:

  • Plywood
  • Your printed photo
  • Hot glue gun
  • ModPodge

How to Do It:

  • Get your picture sitting more printed at the preferred size
  • Have the plywood cut at a similar size to the photo or a bit larger if you want the plywood to show through
  • Center your print on the plywood
  • Use the hot glue gun to trace a thin line under each edge of the print
  • Use the ModPodge and a paintbrush along the edges to seal the print in place
  • Let it dry and screw the plywood into the wall

Frequently Asked Questions

When you attempt a DIY project, you’re bound to have many questions on whether this is the best way to dress up your bedroom. Here are some frequently asked questions about making your headboard. 

How do you make a homemade headboard?

Making a headboard is very easy to do, as most projects involve easy steps requiring much technical knowledge. It just takes a little labor. Check out the many ways to make a homemade headboard above. 

How do you make a cheap headboard?

Most DIY headboard projects are cheap to make and fall under the $50 threshold. You can hang a textile, draw on the wall, paint half the wall, drape a throw, or secure a pillow to the wall to make a homemade headboard.

What is the best wood to make a headboard?

To make a headboard, the best wood you can choose is plywood. First of all, plywood is a very lightweight material that’s easy to use and cut without needing hefty tools. It’s also less expensive than hardwood. 

How can I attach a DIY headboard to my bed frame?

Ideally, you want to create a free-standing headboard that does not require attachment to the bed or wall. If you’re going to attach a DIY headboard to the bed frame, odds are you’ll need to screw the wood or headboard directly into the bed frame using screws and nails. 

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