Beautiful Headboard Inspirations

If you're thinking about designing a non-upholstered headboard, I've got lots of DIY ideas and inspirations in my article:

DIY Headboard Ideas

Upholstered Headboard Inspirations

I just love the look of an upholstered headboard. It's one of the easiest projects you can do at home to completely change the look of a bedroom and all you need to get started is a little inspiration and a little elbow grease. I won't go into major detail on the how to's but I've include a couple of links to some great step-by-step advice. This page is mainly for headboard inspirations, meant to show you what's out there and inspire you to create something magnificent.

As you can see there is no limit to the shape of your headboard design. So get a jig-saw and get funky!


4 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Your Fabric

  • Fabric can be expensive - especially if you are going to upholster a headboard for a California King size bed so shop around, check out remnants and discontinued patterns.
  • No matter how often you shower, your head still produces oil which will eventually rub off onto your headboard. A pattern will hide minor staining better than plain fabric as will medium tones as opposed to tones that are very pale or very dark.
  • Leather wears extremely well though its expensive and not easy to work with for beginners.
  • Consider just covering a plain upholstered headboard with muslin then making a slip-cover for it which can be changed out with the seasons or your mood.

If you're looking for a soothing, sophisticated retreat consider this headboard.  Make sure to use cool, calming colors and sumptuous fabric.
If you're looking for a soothing, sophisticated retreat consider this headboard. Make sure to use cool, calming colors and sumptuous fabric.
This design would work equally well in a boy's room - though obviously the fabric and paint will need to be changed.  When designing a headboard for your child, make sure to use child friendly fabrics!
This design would work equally well in a boy's room - though obviously the fabric and paint will need to be changed. When designing a headboard for your child, make sure to use child friendly fabrics!
Does it get any sexier than this??  I am so into velvet right now (which is what this headboard is covered in).  The rest of the room is B&W which really lets the headboard stand out as  the star and keeps the room from becoming too fussy.
Does it get any sexier than this?? I am so into velvet right now (which is what this headboard is covered in). The rest of the room is B&W which really lets the headboard stand out as the star and keeps the room from becoming too fussy. | Source
this is cord as trim but nail head trim can have a huge impact, too.  Make sure to use a nail head spacer for professional results.
this is cord as trim but nail head trim can have a huge impact, too. Make sure to use a nail head spacer for professional results.
Simple doesn't have to be boring!  These headboards are simply beautiful.
Simple doesn't have to be boring! These headboards are simply beautiful.

Plain vs. Patterned Fabric

  • Plain (non-patterned) fabric is more versatile and you might not get tired of it so quickly but be bold. Choose a saturated color and then make the rest of the room neutral so the bed really stands out as the focal point. Just make sure to bring in the color of the headboard at least twice more. You could do this by adding a strip of the fabric to your drapes (which will also give them a great custom look) or a throw pillow, flowers, a painting, really the options are endless.
  • Printed fabric makes a statement. Personally, I prefer a large print - but everybody's different. The trick to decorating with prints is to vary the sizes but stay in the same color family. For example if you have a large print on your headboard, then use a small print on your bed and mix that up with a medium print throw. Or alternatively, just let the print on your headboard shine and keep everything else calm.

Things to Consider When Designing Your Headboard

  • Materials you'll need are either a headboard in a shape you like (from a thrift store etc.) to cover or plywood cut to the desired size. Make sure you use plywood and not particle board because particle board emits fumes (from the glue holding the particles together) than can smell and be unhealthy.
  • A basic shape such as a rectangle is a snap - just ask your DIY chain store to cut your wood to the size you need. Remember that the headboard should be slightly wider (about an inch or 2 cm) than your bed and that the foam will add a bit of width as well. Of course you could also make it much wider for a really big impact.
  • Make sure the foam is about 2 inches or 5 cm thick - an electric knife cuts through foam really well but a craft knife or even scissors will work, too.
  • If you're looking to add some curves then plan these out carefully on a large sheet of paper first. You can tape together sheets of newspaper, or plain brown kraft paper to get the size you need. This way you can sort of "try out" the new shape in your bedroom before you actually commit to anything permanent.
  • Don't forget that planning the height or your headboard is just as important as planning the width. Think about whether you'll be leaning up against it to read or watch T.V. If so it will need to be tall enough to comfortably accommodate this. A nice basic rule is to make the headboard height 2/3 higher than the height of your mattress.
  • Consider buying enough fabric to make a bed skirt for a really put together look.

Sleep on it!

You know you spend one third of your life sleeping so why not do it beautifully? A headboard can totally change the look of your room and choosing which one you want shouldn't stress you. If you don't like it, or want to change it out after a while - that's not a problem.

I wish you lots of luck and sweet dreams.

Article by Anne Alexander Sieder all rights reserved. For hardcore interior design fans, check out my blog www.prettyhaus.com.

DIY Headboard Help - Links

If you're looking for some step by step instructions I tracked down a couple of the best:

A Really Simple Headboard with Upholstery Tacks

General Advice good for basic how to's

Fabriclist.com is a wonderful resource for all of your fabric needs. It breaks down the online retailers into groups and rates the quality of their goods as well as their ease of use. My personal favorite online retailer for upholstery fabric is Modern Fabrics.

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dianeaugust 6 years ago from Tennessee

I love this idea of headboards. I have always thought so many interesting things can be headboards besides the ones bought in a bedding store. Seeing all these creative ideas makes me happy! Nice hub.


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edelhaus 6 years ago from Munich, Germany Author

Thank you, dianaugust. There are so many beautiful things you can do with a headboard its kind of like looking at a menu in a Chinese restaurant - too many choices!! :-)


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tnderhrt23 6 years ago

Great hub! I have no headboard, at the moment and this hub has definitely planted a seed!


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Just Ask Susan 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great Hub! Thanks for writing it! Many good ideas here


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J Sunhawk 6 years ago from South Carolina

A very creative idea for a hub. Good pictures, too, for getting ideas. This one is a keeper.


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edelhaus 6 years ago from Munich, Germany Author

I've just bought some beautiful deep blue velvet and I'm going to make my son a new headboard and bed skirt. I'll post pix when done.


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travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

Great hub edelhaus. I once made a headboard and it was fantastic. I just used a rectangular piece of chip board, put padding on it and then covered it with a beautiful piece of silk fabric I'd purchased somewhere. I stapled it the fabric onto the board. It looked AMAZING if I say so myself.

Good ideas here.


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edelhaus 6 years ago from Munich, Germany Author

thanks for stopping by and adding your comments. :-)


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Edelhaus, thanks for this. This has been my goal for a while: to make an upholstered headboard for myself. My husband has agreed to help me with it, because I'm not that handy yet, but trying. I have looked at some other articles on how to do it, and this article added to my knowledge with your tips. wonderful job!


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edelhaus 5 years ago from Munich, Germany Author

I'm glad I could help inspire you - post a picture when you get it done, I'd love to see how it turned out.


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California

What a fantastic resource! I love upholstered headboards, but don't have the nerve to make one myself!


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edelhaus 5 years ago from Munich, Germany Author

Aw, what's the worst that can happen? Anyway, thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

That is very useful. I've been planning to tackle a project like that but wasn't sure how to go about it. I feel much more comfortable with the idea now!


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Awesome. I have been looking to make a head board. Thanks for the great hub.


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edelhaus 4 years ago from Munich, Germany Author

Be sure to post a picture of your finished headboard. I'd love to see what you made.

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