A bedroom without a headboard is like the perfect outfit without the right shoes. If your bed is missing the all-important headboard element, take inspiration from our headboard ideas and add a big design statement your room tonight.
Headboards can sometimes be thought of as big and bulky, however, regardless of the size of the room, a headboard doesn’t need to take up much space at all. In fact, if your bedroom is small or crowded, getting rid of a bedroom frame and replacing it with a headboard is a great way to reclaim valuable space in your bedroom.
Adding a headboard to your bedroom is one of the simplest projects to do. Here are some headboard ideas that upgrade your room.
Recycled Object Headboards
If you’re on a budget, the recycled headboard is often the coolest and least expensive headboard style. Grab some inspiration and take a trip to your local thrift store for supplies. Some headboard ideas made from recycled objects include:
— A wall of books, shown above
— Salvaged wood slats
— Leftover wood flooring pieces
— Bamboo poles
— Old doors
When it comes to using wood, there are so many variations to try. To create a sleeker, contemporary headboard look, sand and slightly whitewash the wood slats so they don’t feel rough, look dirty or too rustic in appearance.
For extra design appeal, try offsetting your headboard for an asymmetric effect like the image below.
Take furniture and home accents and give them new life as a headboard. Some furniture-as-headboard ideas include:
Floating Furniture as a Headboard
If you have the space, float a dresser, cabinet or desk in the room with enough space to open the drawers on one side and with the back of the furniture piece as your headboard. The best part is that you can sit lamps or other objects on the dresser to shine over you when reading in bed. If your dresser back is unfinished, paint it or line it with wallpaper.
Area Rug as a Headboard
Add a soft touch of texture to your bedroom by hanging a rug on the wall as a headboard alternative. A standard 5×8 rug is wide enough to match a queen size, 60” wide mattress. An Indian dhurrie-style rug (shown above) is the easiest type of rug to work with, since it’s lightweight and thin.
Converted Room Divider as a Headboard
Find a unique wall panel or room screen and hang it as a headboard. Geometrically-patterned screens or room dividers create the most contemporary impact. For extra contrast, remove the screen’s boring paper backing and paint the screen’s frame in a color that ties into your bedroom’s decor.
There are many types of headboards you can create using fabric. To give your headboard a finished look there are several ways to create an easy, simple one.
Fabric Panel Headboard
Cut a thin wood panel in the size you’d like for your headboard, spray glue some foam batting to pad the wood a bit and wrap your fabric nicely in the front while stapling in the back. Headboard ideas that are contemporary include creating a long headboard panel that not only frames your bed, but your nightstand, too, like the room in the image above.
Narrow Vertical Panel Fabric Headboard
Another non-traditional way to create a cool, modern headboard is by using the panels unconventionally. Hang the panel vertically instead of horizontally. Group two narrow, vertical panels with a gap in-between.
The headboard design above is not only different but changes with the bedding. The homeowners remove the coordinating striped runners and replace them with new ones that go with the fresh, new bedding.