No Bed? No Problem!

One of the easiest ways to change the style of your bedroom is to alter the headboard. Whether you're going for urban posh or viva vintage, these fresh headboard ideas are sure to spice up your bedroom aesthetics!

Old wooden door

In your bedroom? Yes! An antiqued door, laid horizontally, makes a great headboard! Shop yard sales, flea markets and antique stores for old wooden doors that can be turned horizontal and affixed to either your wall or bed frame. Be sure to ask about the history of the door so you can share it with others.

If you're going for a vintage or Southwestern look, simply apply a sealant to the weathered wood. For a more pristine look, sand, prime and paint the wood to match the décor of your bedroom. Don't be afraid to use bright paint colors or embrace the door's natural character by leaving the door knob and other imperfections in place.
Add crown molding for an elegant look or sconces for convenient lighting and stylish detail. Mount with durable mirror hangers, French cleats or basic mounting brackets.

Window frame headboard

Find old window frames from construction salvage stores, antique shops, or even make your own. If you find an old window frame, first remove the glass from each pane and replace it with thin plywood. Use spray adhesive to apply fabric the size of each pane to the plywood, or apply scrapbooking materials such as velum to demonstrate your personality.

The fun part is deciding what to place in each frame! Inspirational phrases can be added or black-and-white family photos may adorn your window panes. Wall decals like those from Dalidecals.com make an easy background image, too. Buttons, ribbons or silk flowers can embellish painted panes for a simple home-sweet-home elegance. For a kid's room, paint the headboard with chalkboard paint and let your little artist decorate away. This headboard offers flexibility for ladies who like to change their décor seasonally!

Paint a headboard

Looking for a contemporary headboard that can easily be changed? Painting a headboard can be as elaborate or simple as your style demands. Try painting a shade complementary to the color of your bed linens approximately 30 inches above your bed in a straight line, and fill in the color to the floor.
Paint the portion above your new artistic headboard a lighter or darker color, depending on the hue you chose for your painted headboard. Be sure contrast is dramatic enough to stand out so that the lower portion clearly appears as a headboard.

Also try painting an outdoor scene, a bordered mural, stripes, flowers, abstract shapes or circles to connect your linens with the bare wall. Wall decals can be added for more variety.

Chinese or iron folding screen

Not the crafty type but definitely into unique looks? Find an old Chinese folding screen at yard sales or on sites like Craigslist. Make sure you know the measurements of your bed before purchasing it, and then unfold and prop the folding screen against your wall when you get home!

If you find an old iron screen, simply spray it with a rust-killing primer and a few coats of satin spray paint for a look that is sure to make your friends think you're the crafty one of the bunch.

Framed wallpaper, pictures or paintings

Love a pattern of wallpaper but can't image covering an entire wall with it? Try building a simple frame for it out of wood trim and hang with common picture hangers. The same can be done with a large printed image or painting. Hang a smaller picture or clock from the top center of the frame with satin ribbon or an old, long necklace for a unique focal point.

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Comments on "5 Fresh headboard ideas"

Jerri November 12, 2013 | 10:16 AM

Oh my god! I just so happened to stumble on this article. Actually I was looking up headboard measurements. I to was looking for a king headboard and just couldn't find anything that caught my eye. So, my boyfriend and I was in the garage and there it was! My king size headboard!... yes..we took old wooden bedroom closed doors, a wooden mirror some trim we had lying around and stained it....Turned out absolutely beautiful!...the cost? $20.00. I had everything right in my garage.

Hannah January 21, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Love these ideas! Headboards are fun to make or spruce up. Great tips!

Rachel December 29, 2012 | 2:40 PM

The hubs and I are in the process of making our own headboard. We're making it out of wood and then going to stain it or paint it. I'm excited. Way cheaper than buying one and it's fun!

Paula December 25, 2012 | 11:33 AM

The idea of a wall decal of a headboard also sounds like a great idea to me! I saw some very cool looking headboard wall decals Hope you guys enjoy it!

Jack Darrington June 20, 2011 | 7:59 AM

I really like these ideas. I've been wanting to get a headboard for a while now, but everything that I've found on the market is so blase. I love your idea of using an old door. Also when I was reading what you said about painting I had an idea; could it work to use vinyl wall decals? I was thinking about getting them in the same kind of pattern as the headboard in the picture. Would that look alright, or would it be tacky?

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