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★ DIY Bed Headboard Tutorials | Roundup of Fun Craft Projects ★

Updated on January 20, 2015

How to Make Your Own Headboard

Welcome to my crafty headboard page! Headboards are positioned at the head of a bed and are an excellent weekend project suitable even for beginners - plus by going the DIY route you can save yourself plenty of money too. I think the best thing about making your own though is that the design, material, shape and size of the project is completely down to you, so you can personalize it and make it exactly how you want it so as best compliment your home décor.

A headboard can transform the look of a room by making the bed more of a centrepiece, and below you will find plenty of tutorials which will hopefully inspire you to create your own. There are endless possibilities including embroidered, wooden, painted, tufted, modern and cushioned headboards, as well as many more!

Light-Up Branch Headboard


An Introduction

Options For Headboard Making

Headboards stand at the head of a bed and give the bed more of a prominence within a room, making it stand out more clearly as the central feature and focal point. I decided to take the headboard off my bed on a whim one day and I realised that it actually made the whole room look different by doing I quickly put it back!

If you a DIYer then making a headboard yourself is a great weekend project, it will save you money (instead of buying a new one) and you can make it exactly how you want it. There are many ways to make a headboard, with the most popular choice being a wooden structure (padded or unpadded).

Here are some design and technique ideas for the headboard construction:

- Tufting: Also seen on some sofas and other upholstered items, tufting is a technique that has been around for a long time and is a traditional method of upholstery. If you want a padded, professional looking headboard, tufting is a great choice. Basically you cut your headboard shape out of wood, cover it in a layer of foam, then a layer of batting, then the final outer layer of fabric (which is your choice and could be almost anything from upholstery cotton fabrics to suede or thin leather). As you go along, corresponding holes are made in the wood and foam layers to allow the turfting to take place. The holes are placed at regular intervals in a simple line pattern - either in a diamond or square (biscuit) arrangement. A staple gun is usually the method of fixing the layers in place on the wood board. The tufting begins at this point and consists of taking strong thread through the holes already created in the headboard and anchoring them tightly at both the front (with a fabric-covered button normally) and at the back. The effect is a smart dimpled texture.

The tufting step can be missed out to create a plain padded headboard, or you can choose to pad individual panels rather than one large board.

- Repurposing: All kinds of materials and objects can be recycled into a headboard including: wooden pallets, pipes, barnwood, corrugated tin, doors, windows, fences/gates, mantelpieces, shutters, room dividers/screens, vintage signs and large picture frames.

- Wall Décor: You could tile a wall to create a mosaic headboard area, you could paint a headboard shape on the wall, or you could even make a headboard outline in tape for a temporary feature.

- Fabric: Some headboards are not boards at all but are simply fabric wall hangings e.g. a quilt, a flag or a curtain.

- Display: You can use the headboard area to display photo collages, wall art, posters, a painted canvas, a mural etc, or you could make a (clear Plexiglass-fronted or open-fronted) case to display a collection of items.

- Storage: You can have a shelf or cupboard at the head of your bead to store your bedtime reading books in.

- 3 Sided: My favorite headboards have the main flat section like normal, but the have narrow sides too just for a cozier feel. There's also nothing stopping you making curved headboards or other unusual shapes rather than just flat.

- Lights: Embedding a light or fairy lights into a headboard looks fantastic in the dark.

Decide on the style and size first of all because you could have a small headboard or one that could cover the entire wall (if you're feeling adventurous!)

How to attach the headboard?

Well, if it's tall and solid you can sandwich it between your bed and the wall, but it you want it to be more stable (which is recommended) you will need to attach it to the bed OR the the wall. You will need to decide if the headboard is going to be attached to the bed or the wall before you start the DIYing because it may alter the design and construction.

Normally flush mounts are used if you are going to hang the headboard from the wall, but make sure the mounts are strong enough first. Click here for information on wall mounting and using wooden struts to attach a headboard to a divan bed.

Top-Rated Headboards & Home Décor Books

Books & magazines are excellent resources for home décor inspiration for any kind of space and for any kind of style:

Paint Drip Headboard


Recycled Wooden Doors

I like the addition of sconces to the painted doors too.
I like the addition of sconces to the painted doors too. | Source

Garden Gate Headboard


Funky Headboard

I love the colours of this headboard, and if you'd like to make one yourself, click here.

Photo and headboard by Nest Decorating.

Barn Wood Headboard


Repurposed Wood Headboard


DIY Tufted Headboard

Photo by Meguerite - Click here for the step-by-step tutorial.

Headboard Making Videos

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    • Arco Hess Designs profile image

      Arco Hess 

      5 years ago from Kansas City, Kansas

      I love the paint drop idea. It seems easy yet has a fantastic look.

    • Tricia Deed profile image

      Tricia Deed 

      6 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Great ideas for the headboards. The headboard always seems to be the crowning glory not only for the bed, but for setting the theme in the bedroom. The headboard was extremely important to us at the time of the purchase and till today, it was a wise decision on our part.

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      8 years ago

      This is a great lens.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      8 years ago

      I bought all my bedroom furniture from craigslist, which included a fabulous king-size polished chrome modern tester bed! It's the coolest bed I've every had - Love It!!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      8 years ago from Colorado

      Really like the pegged mantle with hanging cushion. Hadn't seen that idea before. Cool!

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      8 years ago

      Love your lens. Great ideas. Don't know which one I like the best. The wooden and the light up branch are both my favs. Thanks

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      8 years ago

      Some great ideas!

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      Mike Best 

      8 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I recently made a headboard out of clearance solid wood flooring that I found at Lowes. There wasn't enough to do a room, but there was more than enough for an artistic headboard. I finished it off with two thick balusters that I found at Habitat.

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      kingsrookie lm 

      8 years ago

      Found from Pinterest. Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      The traditional wood headboards are my number 1 choice.

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      8 years ago

      The light up branch head board is to die for...never it!

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      8 years ago from New York

      Sprinkled with angel dust by the home décor Squid Angel. You lens has been added to "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," our tribute page to blessed lenses and links to some of the most impressive ones we've found on squidoo.


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