List of 50 DIY Headboard Ideas

Everyone knows headboards can be a pricey purchase, but they can really tie a bedroom together and bring a sense of comfort for you or any of your guests. Why buy a headboard or bedroom set when you can make your own for a fraction of the price? Think they are too complicated for a novice DIYer? Not sure where to even start looking to figure out what you can possibly make? Fear not.

We’ve gathered a list of 50 do-able DIY headboards.  Some might be a bit more difficult than others, but they are all DIY, and with enough patience, anyone can do them.  These are our top 50 DIY headboard ideas – from old doors to shutters and old signs to fireplaces and books and beyond.

We have gathered our favorites here in this post – we hope you enjoy the collection of headboards below that are all DIY (click the images to see a larger view).

1.  Curtains and Curtain Rods

Our Thoughts: The curtain and curtain rod combination for a headboard is pretty simple to pull off, as long as you have the space. Although drilling into the ceiling is fine for some, it might be tough for others to pull off.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house? No, because we have vaulted ceilings in all of our bedrooms.

Source:  Budgetwisehome.com

 

 

 

 

2.  Multi Colored Shutters


Our Thoughts:
  These are pretty cool, if you can get ahold of them or find them.  We like the multiple color usage and think it’d be simple to pull this off.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Curbly

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Old Wooden Door

Our Thoughts:  The old door headboard brings a nice unique touch. Bonus points if you can use an old door from your house or one of your relatives’ houses.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Apartment Therapy

 

 

 

 

4.  Painted Black Door


Our Thoughts:
  Similar to the typical old door, but painted to your liking.  The symmetry of the pictured door makes it actually look like a purchased headboard – really cool.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Examiner

 

 

5.  Old Barnwood

Our Thoughts:  We love the use of old barnwood.  Mixed with white bedding, it can really provide for a great combination.  Now you just have to find the old barnwood – there is a lot for sale in the Midwest on Craigslist, but it can get pricey because people have realized the barnwood trend brings in cash.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Design Sponge

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Old Natural Door with Color

Our Thoughts:  Another take on a door, this works very nicely.  They actually took gobs of paint and only painted the top side, then let it drip down to get the paint effect.  After that they flipped the door upside down – cool.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Gritchelle.com

 

 

7.  Painted Wood Headboard

Our Thoughts:  It’s simple and sleek, and looks purchased.  A bit more difficult because of its precision.

Difficulty Level: More difficult.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Kirsten Erickson

 

 

 

 

8.  Painted Headboard with Decal

Our Thoughts:  Would be great for a kids room or a beach house of some sort, as long as you can find a decal or you are an extremely talented painter, unlike us.

Difficulty Level: Difficult.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  HGTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Framed Prints or Photographs

Our Thoughts:  Brings an individual touch and is very easy to do – just buy frames and print off your photos!

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Curbly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.  Hanging Pillow from a Mantle

Our Thoughts:  This doubles as a bookshelf as well as a headboard.  I believe this is actually an old mantle top, and at one time may have held stockings.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  No – not really our style.

Source:  In the Land of Sugar

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11.  Lighting Backdrop, NYC Style

Our Thoughts:  Very sleek and interesting take – it looks like something you would see on DIY or HGTV.  We’re hesitant here because you might need to mess around with electricity and it looks more Manhattan than the Midwest.

Difficulty Level: Difficult.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Clarklab on Flickr

 

 

12.  Salvaged Wood Plain Doors

Our Thoughts:  Simple, but it looks great.  We really like how these came together.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  BeachBungalow8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.  Colored Chalkboard

Our Thoughts:  The chalkboard paint would be great for a kids room.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes, someday.

Source:  Carolsliziak via Flickr

 

 

 

14.  Canvas Art from a Photo

Our Thoughts:  As long as you can take some good photos or have a friend that is a photographer, a canvas art photograph as a headboard could be really interesting.  Keep an eye out for the dollar amount though – canvas art can get pricey.

Difficulty Level: Difficult unless you are a photographer.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Poppytalk

 

 

15.  Old Store Signs

Our Thoughts:  These are awesome, if you can find a sign that you like.  Hit up the flea markets or Craigslist.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Funky Junk Interiors

 

 

 

 

16.  Fireplace Like Headboard with Lighting Sconces

Our Thoughts:  Minus the bright pink, the headboard is very elegant and could work in a number of scenarios.

Difficulty Level: Getting difficult.

Would we put in our house?  Yes, but we wouldn’t match with bright bright pink.

Source:  Fickle Gypsy
 

 

 

 

 

17.  Rug Hanging from a Curtain or Towel Rod

Our Thoughts:  With the right rug, this could be a very simple and easy way to get a headboard.  All you really need to do is hang a towel rack or curtain rod, then hang the rug.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

Would we put in our house?  Yes, with the right rug.

Source:  Your Decorating Hotline

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.  Plants Backdrop

Our Thoughts:  Definitely unique and zen-like – these could be used in many guest rooms to provide some extra pop.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Origami Frogs

 

 

 

 

19.  Shutters with Words

Our Thoughts:  Another shutter headboard teamed up with some lettering – simple but it works.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  HGTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.  Wire Fence Headboard

Our Thoughts:   Very interesting, and it reminds me of an old farmhouse.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  No, it’s a bit too old for our liking.

Source:  Funky Junk Interiors

 

 

 

 

21.  Old Doors Headboard

Our Thoughts:  We love things aged, but these aged doors are a little too much for a headboard.  Really unique and cool looking but I’m not sure I’d want to sleep in that bed.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Probably not.

Source:  Dreamy Whites

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.  Lines of Wood

Our Thoughts:  These work, but they look like they are pretty tough to make (or at least very time consuming).  It could turn into a pretty neat project, however.

Difficulty Level: Easy but time consuming.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Roomzaar

 

 

 

 

 

 

23. Chalkboard Paint

Our Thoughts:  This is a more sophisticated use of chalkboard paint.  With the custom style, this could be more difficult to cut out.

Difficulty Level: Difficult.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  The Inglenook Decor

 

 

 

 

 

 

24. Split Upholstered Panels

Our Thoughts:  These are simple to do but it really depends on the fabric you choose and the bedspread you match it up with.  This works though.

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  The Small Things Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.  Old Window

Our Thoughts:  Huge fan of these but I can not get past having glass behind my head while I sleep.  What if I have a bad dream and give someone an uppercut and go right through the glass? !

Difficulty Level: Easy but possible dangerous for some sleepers.

Would we put in our house?  Maybe in a guest bedroom.

Source:  Birdhouse Interiors

 

 

26.  Old Fireplace

Our Thoughts:  Looks nice and it works, if you can find an old fireplace.

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Apartment Therapy

 

 

 

27.  Scrap Wood

Our Thoughts:  This is a very nice headboard and bed, actually.  It might be more difficult to make these cuts but this turned out very nice.

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Apartment Therapy

 

 

 

28.  Only Fabric

Our Thoughts:  Genius – it’s just fabric on the wall, but looks really nice.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:   Metal and Mud

 

 

 

 

 

29.  Drawn Headboard

Our Thoughts:  The drawn headboard is an excellent choice for someone looking to bring a unique touch to a bedroom.  If you are any sort of artistic, you could make this work.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Origami Frogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.  Painted Pegboard

Our Thoughts:  Not our cup of tea to have a British flag (pun intended), but it’s a very practical idea.  With the right paint choices, a peg board headboard could really work.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes, without any sort of flag.

Source:  Apartment Therapy

 

 

31.  Upholstered Squares

Our Thoughts:  This is simple and symmetrical and it does work.  A large wall and ceiling could make this turn out much better, but a low ceiling and tight walls might make the room seem smaller.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Curbly

 

 

 

 

 

 

32.  Slate/Tile

Our Thoughts:  Really like how this turned out, and it should be as simple as laying tile.

Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  HGTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

33.  Mismatched Doors

Our Thoughts:  These doors are the right kind of rustic but clean for this room, and look good.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Remodelista

 

 

 

 

 

 

34.  Box Shelves

Our Thoughts:  Everyone likes practicality, and this is the epitome of it.  This would be great for a college dorm or college apartment.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Possibly.

Source:  DIY Network

 

 

 

 

35.  White Picket Fencing

Our Thoughts:  Interesting choice to use fencing for a headboard, but it comes together nicely.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Probably not.  A bit too farmhouse for our house style.

Source:  Roomzaar

 

 

 

 

36.  Reclaimed Wood

Our Thoughts:  House Tweaking did a great job of pulling this one together.  It’s simple with the reclaimed wood and the lettering that is a stand out yellow turned out to be really cool.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  House Tweaking

 

 

 

37.  Framed and Painted

Our Thoughts:  Simple – frame it and paint it (or vice versa might cause less of a mess).

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Bedifferentactnormal.com

 

 

 

 

38.  Garage Door Headboard

Our Thoughts:  I’ve seen a lot of headboards, but there are two that I have never seen before gathering this list.  The first one is the Garage Door Headboard.  This goes to show that you can take basically anything and turn it into something else.  This is awesome.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Apartment Therapy

 

 

 

39.  Solid Yellow Square

Our Thoughts:  A simple paint color that is completely different from the rest of the house can go a long ways.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Bellemaison23.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40.  Old Shelf slash Mantle

Our Thoughts:  There are some nice mantles in this list, and this is another that doubles as a shelf.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Bellemaison23.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

41.  Old Handkerchiefs

Our Thoughts:  Framed hankies as a headboard?  Yes!  Just make sure they are washed first!

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:   BHG

 

 

 

 

 

 

42.  Wall as a Headboard

Our Thoughts:  Yes, this is an entire wall used as a headboard…

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  No.

Source:  Apartment Therapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

43.  Rustic Farmhouse Wood

Our Thoughts:  The bright color makes the headboard stand out, but we just like the style of the wood here as well. This would be great painted any color.  You’ll need to be a woodworker to get this one done though.

Difficulty Level:  Difficult.

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Ana-white.com

 

 

44.  Colored Canvas Corner

Our Thoughts:  Many homeowners have to put beds in a corner due to space, and we will probably end up trying this one out for one of our rooms.

Difficulty Level: Easier to moderate

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Domino

 

 

 

 

 

 

45.  Shelf Headboard

Our Thoughts:  We’ve shown mantles doubling as headboards – here’s a bookshelf that doubles as one.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Beautifulinspirationdesigns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46.  Natural Wood

Our Thoughts:  This is a nice use of letting the wood show itself off.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes.

Source:  Remodelista

 

 

 

 

47.  Upholstered Headboard

Our Thoughts:  This works and is a pretty simple upholstered headboard.  There are a lot of choices for upholstered headboards, and it really just depends on the fabric you get, so we did not include a ton of them on this list (there are already a ton of them on many of the other DIY sites).

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Yes, with the right fabric.

Source:  Centsational Girl

 

 

 

 

48.  Old Books

Our Thoughts:  The use of old books for a headboard is the only other headboard I have never seen before.  It looks like they laid the books flat and painted them, organized them into a headboard shape and somehow fixed them together.  Pretty cool.

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Would we put in our house?  Yes, with different paint choices or no paint for the books.

Source:  Instructables

 

49.  Letters

Our Thoughts:  Letters end up bringing a lot to many different rooms in the house, and it doesn’t stop at the headboard.

Difficulty Level: Easier

Would we put in our house?  Maybe.

Source:  Curbly

 

50.  True Barn Door

Our Thoughts:  We saved our favorite for last – the true barn door headboard.  This is a great idea for any bedroom.  The one pictured is a bit more rustic, but you could also stain or paint the barn door to bring the touch you are looking for in your room.  We are on the prowl for a barn door, and have been for quite some time.  They can get expensive and can be somewhat difficult to find, but are well worth it!

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Would we put in our house?  Yes, definitely.

Source:  East Coast Creative

 

We hope you enjoyed our list of 50 DIY Headboard Ideas.  It was certainly an educational experience to scour the web and find the best of the best from so many different sites.  We hope that you can build your own headboard with one of these ideas and create a plan or guide.  If not, we will be posting about our own DIY headboards in the near future.  It’s on the list of many projects that we will be doing around our own house.

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