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Bedroom Decorating Ideas: Headboards

Updated on April 3, 2013

The Best Headboard Ideas

Sometimes we feel like a change in our bedroom decorating. We don't always want to go to the expense of an entire furniture change,but a change nonetheless.

If you're happy with the way your bedroom's decorated but just want to liven it up a little bit, why not think about a headboard change? A coat of fresh paint, a creative new headboard and some coordinated bed linens might be all the change you need to freshen up a tired bedroom decor.

Here's some of the best creative headboard looks on the market today and if you pride yourself on being a bit of a handyman/woman, a few that you can even make yourself.

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New Use for Old Pallets

Inspiration can really be found anywhere when it comes to a headboard.

Here's an example of how someone creatively thought "outside of the box" and made a headboard with old warehouse pallets.

Not only did it cost very little, but it really does look great! Painting or stencilling the pallets would have also been a great idea.

I think every item has more that it can be used for than it was originally made for. We need to train our eyes to see those uses and once you start seeing them, a whole world of possibilities opens up.

What's that saying ? "One man's garbage is another man's gold"? It really is true.

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Do It Yourself Headboard

Using a Fireplace Mantle

I love this idea of using fireplace mantles as headboards as part of re-vamping the bedroom decor.

You can find old fireplace mantles at yard sales, estate sales or maybe you're fortunate enough to have an old one lying around.

This example shows two: one has been used as the base (which you can use as shelving) and the other placed on top and fitted with a mirror. Bothmantles appear to have been given a coat of paint and then the paint sanded off to give it that "Shabby Chic" look.

Definitely a one-of-a-kind look and sure to be a family heirloom!

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Easy Cushion & Shelving - Another DIY Project


Here's a simple idea that doesn't cost an arm and a leg and with a little imagination in your color and fabric choice can be really stunning!

Imagine this in a black and white bedroom - the cushion done in a geometric pattern and the shelf above painted matte black. You can even buy an extra sheet that coordinates with your bedding and have the cushion made from that. A mirror, some framed pictures on the shelf and you've got a stunning focal point in your bedroom.

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Fabric & Quilts


Colorful handmade quilts that coordinate with your own personal bedroom decor can also be used as unique and one-of-a-kind headboards. A wonderful way to show off the family heirloom!

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Woodland Beauty


Although this is definitely a custom made headboard, you could certainly make one yourself with the proper planning.

The person who made this probably kept their eyes open as they went for a walk everyday and over time collected same sized branches until they had enough to complete it. Because you don't really "use" the headboard for anything other than esthetics, each piece was most likely lined up and fitted together with carpenters glue.

It really is a one-of-a-kind piece!

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Art Becomes a Headboard


Any piece of art can become a headboard. It doesn't have to be one piece the entire length of the bed, it can be two , three or even four pieces. However, if the headboard is being used for one bed only, it looks nicer when it's 6" past the bed on either side for balance.

If you're using two single beds (for example in a child's room) a piece of art either the same width as the bed or 6" wider on either side would be perfect.

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Sunburst Mirror - The Headboard & The Focal Point


The headboard and bed automatically (because of it's size) become the focal point in any bedroom decor no matter what type of headboard you choose to have.

This homeowner has used a stunning starburst mirror flanked by coordinated accessories to frame the bed and it looks fantastic!

You can be as creative as you like! Who said a headboard has to "look" like headboard?

Look around your house, have some fun with it!

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Headboard Solution for High Ceilings

Who doesn't love the tall ceilings and brick walls in a modern city loft? I love the look myself. The only drawback is the amount of space and the tendency for your furniture to get lost in the room.

The homeowner here has really solved the space dilemna with a unique and creative solution by having the draperies hung on a rod from the ceiling which acts as the focal point and backdrop to the bed.

This is a relatively easy solution using only a curtain rod and sheer curtains.

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Don't Discount the Salvage Yard


Again, another creative example of thinking "outside the box".

This homeowner has used what appears to be old ceiling beams from a barn or house and used them to design and construct a frame around the fabric headboard tying the whole "rustic" look of the room together.

Look for these old beams at architectual sales and auctions. They can be used for so many indoor projects if you have a little bit of creativity in your bones.

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Rattan Headboards

You can sometimes get lucky and find these little gems in garage and yard sales and all it takes is a couple of coats of spray paint in a modern color and you have a beautiful headboard.

Rattan, along with the vintage look has celebrated an increase in popularity in recent years and is now becoming easier to find with more and more stores starting to stock them.

I love them for their intricate detail and light and feminine look. They look wonderful in little girl's rooms and in seaside cottages.

The next time you're at a yard sale or estate sale, keep your eyes open for these charming antique pieces. You may be lucky enough to find one!

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Unique Doors


Don't discount old doors when thinking of headboard ideas. In fact, don't discount new doors either.

Although this one is in the Shabby Chic style, I've also seen new doors in a dark cherry or painted black used in a modern bedroom decor that look absolutely stunning!

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More Creative Headboard Ideas for Bedroom Decorating

If you're artistic, why not try a fun stencil or painting above a bed? This is really a fun look for kid's rooms. I've also seen instances where the parents have let the child draw something themselves which is a neat idea and really gives a child a sense of pride knowing that they had a help in designing their own room.

Picket fences (wood left bare, painted or stencilled) used as headboards is fun for a kids room and also looks great if you're decorating a bedroom in the "cottage" look.

You've seen the large painting above the bed in one of the photographs on here. Another unique and one-of-a-kind idea is to make a collage of personal family photographs in different sizes above the bed. This is a wonderful touch especially if you're moving a loved one into a retirement or nursing facility.

Any type of shelving above the bed works. It doesn't have to be one long shelf, it could be a couple of shelves giving it an asymmetrical look. It looks nice, plus you get functional shelving for whatever you'd like.

Canopy beds draped with chiffon are beautiful and feminine for a girls room or if you love the romantic look.

If you have a wrought iron headboard (and it may sound a little strange but looks wonderful) an idea is to weave a strand of the little white Christmas lights through the wrought iron. It has a dreamy and magical effect and looks so pretty at night.

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Girls Bedroom Decorating - As Creative As you Want


Once you start thinking "out of the box" , you can be as creative as you want.

I love the headboards here that were done in a girls bedroom. The homeowner could have just used the wrought iron headboards, but she creatively added the banner across the two beds (typing the decor together) and added the flowers to both.

The result : Eclectic, fun and whimsical which is always a hit for decorating girls' bedrooms.

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Here's a solution for small bedroom decorating. This person's just used their open wardrobe as a headboard/back drop to their bed. Not the most ideal situation (for the clothing) but certainly creative and it really doesn't look that bad!

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Thanks for visiting! - How about you? Do you have a traditional headboard or something more creative?

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      5 years ago

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      rattie lm 

      5 years ago

      Such amazing ideas. Thanks so much.

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      5 years ago

      I like the mirror! I have a traditional black headboard but I think it would be a cool to have a more colorful one!

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      5 years ago

      So much inspiration! Beautiful lens!

    • RazzbarryBreeze profile image


      5 years ago

      Great ideas here! Thanks for this...I'm inspired now. Have a nice day!

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      5 years ago

      You've given me some great inspirational ideas to decorate my own bedroom.

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      cire81 lm 

      5 years ago

      Nice.. I love all these deign. Did you happen to be an interior designer as well?

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      5 years ago

      Love the bedroom in the upper left hand corner. Awesome colors. Great lens.


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