Roundup: DIY Headboards You Actually Can Do Yourself

created at: 02/17/2011

You don't have to ask me twice to write about DIY headboards. To me, headboards are  a piece of furniture with which you can do just about anything, design-wise. Understated or ornate, they can be painted, upholstered, woven, salvaged, taped on the wall, or built. You can essentially make a headboard out of anything that fits behind your bed. So much freedom, so little time. Let's take a look at some of my favorites and how you can get started.  

Photo Order: Main photo and then across the bottom and up the right hand side:

1. Woven Wood Frame: I love woven wood. The best way to create this headboard is to  build a wooden frame that extends beyond either side of your bed. Wood veneering comes in a roll at Lowes. Using a staple gun, weave and attach the veneer strips to the back of the frame. A dark wood stain would be oh-so-lovely.  

Dwell Studio

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2. Bold Blue Painted Wall: Ahhh, the old contrasting wall trick,a nd a good one too! Without going to much time or expense, find a big, bold contrasting color to paint the wall section right behind your bed. I just had another idea. What if you added full length mirrors next to either side of the painted section of the wall?  I think it would look stunning and polished.  From Curbly's 5 More Fabulous Headboard Schmedboard Alternatives

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3. The Orange Twin Beds Upholstered Panel: What do I need to say? All you have to do is get two pieces of 3/4" plywood about 3' high by 8' long (if you need it longer, add another section by attaching metal brackets on the back). Go to the fabric store, purchase enough 2 1/2" or 3" foam to cover the wood. Before attaching the foam to the wood, mark and drill the holes where you'll attach your covered buttons. Spray adhesive on the wood, center the foam on there and then add a big piece of dacron batting to soften up the edges. Upholster the panel, make covered buttons, add twine and pull the buttons through to the back. Make sure the 'tufting' or tension is equal for each button and then staple the twine down to the wood. Using a hanging device, hang the panel behind the two beds. Also from Curbly's 5 More Fabulous Headboard Schmedboard Alternatives. (I tend to lean towards alternatives.)

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4. Pop Out Painted Stripe Headboard. This is just clever. A brightly striped wall with the pop out section for the headboard painted in lighter shades of the stripes. It's a very bold wall but think of how happy those colors would make you feel. It would only cost you a can of primer and a new color when you change your mind.


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5. Three Horizontally Stacked Black Doors. I've seen headboards made from paneled doors, shutters, old windows and mantels, but I really love the simplicity of this one made from three hollowcore doors stacked up the wall.  The matte black paint behind the red and white checked bedding is divine. This is an easy DIY idea that almost looks like it's a custom built paneled wall behind the bed.  And again, with simplicity like this, you won't tire of it very quickly. If you do, you have more options, paint it another color, alternate colors or give them the Moroccan stencil treatment.

Belle Maison

created at: 02/18/2011

6. Chunky Wood Framed Upholstered Panels: There's so much you can do with upholstered panels and here's a headboard made of what looks like gold silk all framed up with a chunky wood frame. This DIY project might take a little more time, but it looks so custom (yeah, custom made by you, for you). Here, I would upholster small pieces of plywood and arrange and attach them on a larger piece of wood (maybe two). Then, I would come back and attach the frame to the wall to give it that built in look.


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7. On The Wall Upholstered Headboard. This is simple, but I love the plain fabric with the shiny silver frame. This may take you 2 or 3 hours if you have the wood ready. All you need to do is to measure and outline the area that will be fabric covered. Spray adhesive on the wall or just staple the dacron batting on the wall.  Get your fabric cut and ready to attach. Begin attaching a few staples at the top, center. Move to the bottom and do the same. Now repeat the stapling on both sides, working out towards the corners, pulling firmly as you go. Once the fabric is nice and tight, you're ready to add your frame. You could buy what they call "sticks" from a picture framing company and use a miter saw to cut the corners (a little tricky). Attach the frame to the wall, covering the staples and you're good to go. You have lots of options with this design.


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8. The Three Panel Hanging Headboard. Here's a headboard I designed myself. It can be easily stacked, packed and moved with minimal effort and takes up very little space. It works like a charm and is super easy to make. If you have a queen sized bed, it will measure right around 60" wide. Each of these three panels is just under 20" wide.  Again, Lowes or Home Depot will cut the wood to your specs.  There's a nifty hanger apparatus on the back called the Hangman Picture Hanging System, also available at Lowes.

created at: 02/18/2011

For more headboard ideas, check out 4 Bold and Bright Headboard Ideas to Spark Up Your Bedroom, Woven Leather Headboard and DIY Headboard Ideas



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Anonymous on Jul 18, 2013:

For the woven wood frame, where did you get the actual 'frame' piece? Also, what sort of frames would you recommend?

I can't wait to try this project!

Mark on Feb 20, 2011:

There another cheap and easy to do DIY headboard project (including video) posted here :


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