We spend most of our lives in bed, yet the majority of us are not sleeping in a set-up that includes our dream headboard. We want to put an end to this once and for all—here is a gathering of wonderful DIY headboard ideas.
The Bohemian style of furniture may be named after a region in modern-day Czech Republic, but that doesn’t mean that many of this style’s characteristic looks take much after the central European country. In fact, the concepts that are most commonly associated with Bohemian or boho style are vibrant colours, the use of copper or bronze medals, and a variety of textures. This beautiful salvaged boho frame from Salvaged Inspirations sure ticks all of these boxes and it makes a very beautiful DIY bed frame that is sure to brighten up any room.
DIY Checker Cushion
Upholstered bed frames are beloved by many, however they can be pretty expensive to buy. The good news is that with a little bit of determination and the right tools, you can create your own DIY upholstery. We love how this example from In My Own Style shows how you can use a friendly country checkered pattern to make an inviting cushion for your bed frame.
Who says that cozy twinkly lights only belong outside or as lighting in the common areas? As seen here in this DIY bed frame example, twinkly lights can actually serve as a unique in atmospheric bed frame. We love all of these bed frame ideas that truthfully think outside the box and don’t aspire to be what one narrow definition of a bed frame is.
If you spend a lot of time around craft fairs and estate sales, you have probably seen a used shingle or two pop up. While it can be tempting to grab these for your next craft project, many of us struggle to find a purpose for the shingles no matter how attractive they may be. We never even thought of using these shingles as a kind of makeshift bed frame, but this idea on Pinterest shows us what a good idea it can be.
If you are looking to add a special feminine touch to your bedroom, look no further than here. This beautiful floral headboard features an assortment of faux flowers connected to a beautiful existing headboard from West Elm. However, you can adapt this idea to fit your own current headboard situation. The important thing is that you make it feel as if you’re an English garden by using as many faux flowers as you can get your hands on.
Chic Metal Divider
Here is another instance where it pays to use an unconventional material to make a headboard. This gorgeous metal divider might have otherwise gone unused in this home, but there is no doubt about the fact that it looks good as a bed frame. You can always pick up a divider from a second hand store and give it a pain treatment with the colour of your choice.
Painted Wood and Leather
Speaking of paint, sometimes when you think that what you need is a new headboard, what you really need is a new set of eyes on your existing headboard. And what we mean by that is, you might just need to see your existing headboard in a new light. It is pretty amazing what one coat of paint can do in terms of headboard transformations, and don’t forget that you always have the option of painting unexpected materials such as wood and leather as is shown in this example.
And now for something that is even less conventional. Did you know that sometimes when we think that we want a headboard what we really are missing is some kind of focal point in the interior design of our bedroom. The headboard that we see does not necessarily have to have any function. In these cases, you can get away with using beautiful decals such as the one featured here to make your room seem like it has a focal point.
Hot Pink Chic
Pink is a color that can be quite polarizing—it seems that folks either love it or hate it. If you yourself fall into the love department, you will want to feast your eyes on this beautiful hot pink upholstered headboard as seen over at the Ragged Wren. This headboard is sure to make a statement and its highlighter inspired colour is so bold that you would probably have trouble finding it in stores. It looks expensive, but it’s something that you can just make yourself over the course of a weekend.
Bookworms Rejoice! There is now a perfect way to provide your bed with some sort of headboard while being able to store every one of your favourite books. We love the way that relying on shelving that goes around the room makes it less important to have a headboard. See a gorgeous example of a wraparound bookshelf here.
This canoe paddle headboard style certainly reminds us of Canada, but you do not have to be Canadian to enjoy the beautiful look of it. This is the perfect headboard for a summer cottage getaway or for a cabin in the mountains.
DIY Wood Round Headboard
Speaking of a rustic cabin, why don’t you bring a little piece of the outdoors inside? We love the way that this look was achieved through following a tutorial for an amazing DIY wood round headboard. Plus, if you use real wood, your bedroom is sure to smell amazing.
Let’s move on to a whole other climate to explore the inspiration in these mediterranean-inspired shingles. We’ve talked about other shingle headboards on this list, but there’s something really special about this aquamarine example that just shows you that sometimes the best materials for your headboard are not going to be what you would first suspect.
Distressed Blue Wood
When you paint your own headboard, you are provided with the perfect opportunity to add an accent colour of your choice to your bedroom. However, some of us will not want to stop at the accent colour. If you would like to personalize your headboard even further, you can apply a distressed look as seen in this beautiful example.
If you’re a regular reader of our site you know that we are practically obsessed with the things that you can do with pallet boards. They are just so versatile, and did we mention that they are a cheap and often free material that you can usually get your hands on? Anyway, here is an example of an amazing headboard that you can make completely out of wood pallets.
Macrame has really caught on as the new design trend in recent years. While macrame is often thought of as a complimentary design element, if placed strategically it can actually stand in place of a headboard. See a beautiful example of exactly this from House Sparrow Nesting.
Old Door Turned Headboard
We’ve already mentioned shingles in this list, so you should have known that it was only a matter of time before we mentioned a door. Old doors are another thing that often pop up at estate sales. The craft lovers among us often will not hesitate to pick up these doors because we are convinced that we can do something with them. If you have an old door lying around that you still have yet to get around to crafting with, here’s your chance to make it into something really special. See an example of an old door headboard on Pinterest.
White Picket Fence
The white picket fence is often associated with the American dream, but what about a white picket headboard? you can make a white picket headboard from recycled or leftover fencing material as seen here in this wonderful tutorial from addicted2decorating.
Drawn in Chalk
This may just be the most creative headboard solution that we have seen so far. If you have a chalk wall or you are thinking about getting a chalk wall, you should be aware that you can actually draw on a beautiful headboard so that you do not have to worry about paying for a physical one. See an example of this here.
Has this article made you sleepy? Us too. You are sure to have sweet dreams in your new DIY headboard!