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Home Decorating on a Budget: DIY Headboard Ideas

Updated on September 7, 2012

I thought it was time to share some more frugal home d├ęcor ideas. Are you getting tired of your old headboard? Maybe you are looking to get a new one that doesn't cost a fortune. Have you thought about making your own headboard? If so, you have come to the right place. The headboard is one of the main focal points in a bedroom so you want to be sure to have one that fits your style. As I scanned the internet, I found lots of great DIY headboard ideas I want to share with you. You may be surprised at some of the common everyday materials that are used. The best part about these DIY headboards is they are easy to make and will not cost you a fortune. Many of them are made of things that are easily attainable and inexpensive to buy, especially from flea markets, thrift stores and places like that. Below are 15 unique ideas for that perfect DIY headboard.

Decorative Wallpaper Headboard
Decorative Wallpaper Headboard | Source

Look at this DIY headboard found at House 2 Home. Can you believe it's just wallpaper? Yes, that's right! They do not have a how to but it's pretty easy to figure it out. Just get some wallpaper, cut it into the shape you would like it to be and paste it right behind your bed where the headboard should be. How cute is this? With all the different colors of wall paper out there, you can come up with a million different looks.

Painted Birds Headboard
Painted Birds Headboard | Source

I LOVE this headboard. They didn't provide the how to but it looks to be made with 4 pieces of wood that has been painted to look weathered and then hand painted the leaves, branches and little birdies. The artwork was inspired by some baby shower invitations at Tiny Prints online. Check out the Tiny Prints blog for this headboard plus lots of other cute crafts.

Window Shutters Headboard
Window Shutters Headboard | Source

At Curbly I found this darling headboard made from old shutters. How many times have you driven down the road and found some laying by a garbage can to be taken to the dump. Old shutters can really add some character to your room. They can be made to look very rustic or you could clean them up and paint them to look more contemporary. I love this idea.

Metal Divider Headboard
Metal Divider Headboard | Source

I've always loved the look of wrought iron. Have a look at this creative headboard at DIYlife. It is made from a metal room divider. I love the design! Who would have thought about making a headboard out of room divider. That just opens up a whole new world of options. Find used room dividers at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, etc.

Framed Fabric Headboard
Framed Fabric Headboard | Source

This one at Potential Treasures is made with framed fabric. Just get some frames that are all the same size, get some fabrics in your color/colors of choice, cut them to fit the frames and then frame them up. You could experiment with different sized frames and how you group them together. I think this is fantastic. Of course, if you do not want to frame fabrics, you could frame photos or even scrapbook paper.

Corrugated Sheet Metal Headboard
Corrugated Sheet Metal Headboard | Source

What do you think about this DIY metal headboard found at Apartment Therapy. I think it is a really clever idea and I really love the way it came out. I don't know if it's more of an industrial look, country style or in between but I sure do like it. It is made from corrugated sheet metal which you can find at Lowe's, Home Depot or any store like that. Once you have the metal, cut it into the shape you want and you have a nice,unique headboard!

Headboard of Plates
Headboard of Plates | Source

Plates, plates and more plates. Did you know plates can be used for more than just dinner? This idea was found at The Urban Un-MARTHA. These plates grouped up together help create the illusion of a headboard. The best part is that you can buy plates in all sizes and colors at many places for cheap. The first place that comes to my mind is Goodwill. I've never been in a Goodwill store that didn't have a nice selection of colorful, unique plates. Don't forget thrift stores and garage sales. Just make sure you fasten them firmly to the wall with plate hangers.

Fence Panel Headboard
Fence Panel Headboard | Source

For years I've been wanting to make a headboard out of a picket fence panel like the one here found at Magnet Street. You could leave the panel natural like this one or you could paint it your color of choice. What do you think? Isn't this clever? This is very simple and easy to do but even better, you will have a beautiful headboard at a fraction of the price of a new one.

Room Divider Headboard
Room Divider Headboard | Source

Another DIY headboard made from a room divider. Go to Design Sponge to see the before and after pics. It started out white and ended up this pretty greenish-blue color. As I was looking at it I thought it would have been very pretty painted a fresh coat of white to use with coastal themed decor.

Adhesive Vinyl Headboard
Adhesive Vinyl Headboard | Source

I found this beautiful DIY headboard at Express Yourself. Guess what it's made from? Vinyl! She used her cutting machine and sticky backed vinyl to make this gorgeous headboard. If you have a cutting machine and some Vinyl (or even contact paper) you could cut this out yourself and stick it to your wall and have an instant headboard. The vinyl comes in many colors. Don't have a cutting machine? Google vinyl wall art headboards. Many vinyl wall art stores carry these just for the purpose of being used as a headboard. There is many different designs, shapes and colors. They vary in price but can't possibly be as much as a new headboard. I noticed they had some super cute ones for a little girls room.

Wooden Cutout Headboard
Wooden Cutout Headboard | Source

Colorful Creative Ideas has this pretty black headboard made from wood. She said she made it from PDF board which I'm thinking may be the same as plywood. If not, you could use plywood to do this. Plywood is very inexpensive. Go and read her instructions on how she did it! If you have a saw to cut the wood, this one would be simple to do. Also, this one would be a nice choice for a little boy or girls room depending on the shape you decide on and the paint color.

Framed Photos Headboard
Framed Photos Headboard | Source

Shelterness has tons of DIY headboard ideas. I love this one made with framed pictures. It is simple and would take no time to do. Just frame photos or artwork, line up in rows and wallah! You have a headboard.

Scrapbook Page Headboard
Scrapbook Page Headboard | Source

I love this one found at Dollar Store Crafts! Guess what this is made from? 12-- 12 x12 pieces of Scrapbook paper mounted on linoleum tiles. Isn't that clever? Total cost was 9.36. Go to the link and look at the directions under the photo. She tells you exactly how she did it.

Picture Frames Collage Headboard
Picture Frames Collage Headboard | Source

At Becoming Whitney I found this headboard made from empty frames grouped together. Now, you probably don't have the white backdrop like shown in the picture but you could just do this grouping right on the wall above your bed. This one is all different colors but you could do one with just one or two colors or whatever you like. Frames are another easy find at flea markets, thrift stores, etc.

Old Window Panes Headboard
Old Window Panes Headboard | Source

How about these lovely old window panes used as a headboard at Tatertots and Jello. It looks like they have taken either wall paper or fabric and put it in the window area. It has that rustic look. It would be fun to experiment with different colors and prints on this one.

I hope you have enjoyed these DIY headboard ideas. Be sure to look around all of the sites I shared. Many of them have multiple photos of unique, handmade headboard ideas. You can experiment with different things around the house to come up with a whole new look. Hopefully some of these have helped spark your imagination. Whatever you decide to do, remember to have fun and don't be scared to try new things. The sky is the limit! Do you have any DIY headboard ideas? Please share in the comment section..I would love to hear about it.

Thank you for reading and happy headboard making :0)


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      Diana Abrahamson 16 months ago from t Francis Bay

      Love all your inspirational headboards!

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      Jamie Brock 24 months ago from Texas

      EstherHDS- Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Esther 2 years ago from Amsterdam

      Thanks for posting this article! The ideas are really stunning, love it!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Arco Hess Designs- Thank you so much! I appreciate you dropping by :)

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      Arco Hess 3 years ago from Kansas City, Kansas

      Those are some awesome ideas. I always try to think of creative headboards, but never anything like this.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Oubly- Thank you for dropping by:)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      madeline71177-- The first thing I thought of was this --"Anchor Wire 18-in Hangman Picture Hanging System" You can type that in your local home improvement store website to see what I'm talking about. It's a type of hanger that can hold up to 200 lbs. It's for heavy wall hangings and mirrors, but I don't see why you couldn't use it to anchor your headboard to the wall. Some even use it to mount their flat screen TV's to the wall. You could connect it to the wall and then on the back of your headboard and then just hook it in place...and the headboard will stay connected to the wall. That is my best suggestion.. hope this helps! Thank you for stopping by :)

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      madeline71177 5 years ago

      Hi Jamie,

      I too repurposed my room divider as a headboard. It looks great! It is very tall though; my husband is worried that one night it might topple over on top of me while I am sleeping! The headboard is like a large piece of wood, upholstered with fabric so it is very thick and heavy. When I push the bed against it, it is "relatively" stable--but I would love any ideas you have for how to adhere it to the wall??? I am not sure what to do...because of how thick and heavy it is. Any thoughts? Thanks for your blog!!!!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Heather Jacobs - I love the window one, too! If there is a more modern version of this type of window pane, I bet it would even look nice. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Heather Jacobs 5 years ago

      I love the window headboards! It would look great above my bed... Hmmm...

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      miss1magination - You are welcome :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      miss1magination 5 years ago

      Stunning designs wow those headboards are amazing , thanks :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      ladeda, thank you so much for stopping by :0) I'm glad you like these.. the shutters are one of my favorites too. Those and the wall dividers.

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      ladeda 5 years ago

      Great and affordable ideas! The shutters are my favorite!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Toolsonline, haha.. love the profile pic! Thank you for stopping by :)

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      Toolsonline 5 years ago from Up to my Neck in it!

      Those are some great and creative ideas.. just shows what you can achieve with a little thought.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      jacek77- Thank you for stopping by.

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      jacek77 5 years ago

      Great idea for head bords. It's always nice to see something so unique and creative. I have seen also nice wood creations on this website.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Pinkchic18- Thank you! The fence panels are one of my favorites, too. Love them!

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      You've got some awesome ideas here! My favorite are those fence panels, so cute!!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      thewahm: Thanks for reading and commenting. I wish I could see your headboard.. I bet it looks amazing!

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      thewahm 6 years ago

      I love this hub! The pictures are amazing. We have a large Vinyl piece behind our bed. I've had so many compliments on it and it was a whooping $70!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Pinkchic18- Aww... thanks so much! Glad you like them. I love looking for awesome DIY headboard ideas. Such talented people out there!

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      Sarah Carlsley 6 years ago from Minnesota

      These are great ideas!! I've been looking for creative headboard ideas and these are very frugal! Thank you for sharing all these wonderful ideas!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      PADDYBOY60: wow.. I love wrought iron headboards! Thanks so much for dropping by :)

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      PADDYBOY60 6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Very cool ideas. Years ago my dad had a business Where he built head boards out of wrought iron. very nice hub.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      The Lyricist: Thank you for visiting and for the nice comment. Happy to meet you here. I love finding inexpensive ways to decorate- there are so many possibilities out there. I look forward to reading some of your hubs too :) Take care!

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      The Lyricist 6 years ago from The Windy City

      First i would love to say thank you so very much for being a fellow designer. I am currently looking to spruce up my space with what some might call a rather elaborate headboard but of course I am on a budget personally. Glad I stumbled upon your blog. I will definately keep in touch for other great ideas!!!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      tebo: Glad you liked these.. and found them inspiring :) Thank you for reading!

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Many inspiring ideas for headboards. Some of them were really good and worth thinking about or using as an idea to create something else. Great stuff.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      randomcreative, You are welcome. I love this kind of stuff. Its so inspiring. Now if I'll just stop procrastinating and actually do it :)

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Such creative ideas! I love the mix of materials here. I recently read my first DIY headboard tutorial and was blown away by the ideas. I never would have thought of making one myself. Thanks for the great resources!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      amy11692: Thank you so much :)

      fancifulashley: Thanks for stopping by.. So glad you liked these!

      DexisView: Yes, I so agree.. thanks for the nice comment!

      prairieprincess: Aww.. thanks. I'm so glad I could help inspire you! I love the picket fence one too :)

      SanneL: You are welcome! So glad you liked these :)

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      Wow! I love the old window panes or the hand painted wood. Either one would look great in my shabby chic bedroom.

      Thanks for this very inspirational hub!


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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Oh wow, wow, wow! I love these. For the last year and a half, I've been on the lookout for cheap headboard ideas because we can't afford to by an big new one. I especially like the board idea with the painting and the picket ones. Thanks for the inspiration. I am bookmarking these and I think I have finally a couple of ideas I can work with. Thanks!!

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      Dexi 6 years ago from New England

      Creating your own headboard adds character to a room and is fun! I've tried several different styles throughout the years. Nice hub!

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      fancifulashley 6 years ago

      I love all of these ideas. Great ways to save money and get a really personalized bedroom.

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      amy11692 6 years ago

      i love these ideas! great hub!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      4youreyes, Thank you for stopping by! Glad you liked these :)

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      4youreyes 6 years ago


      What a great hub I love the fabric headboard, it would be a great way to make good use of some of your hand quilting talents. You can change with the season's. Thanks for the great ideas.

      Have A Good Day !