How to Make a Headboard: 17 Creative DIY Headboard Ideas to Try for Yourself

How to Make a Headboard: 17 Creative DIY Headboard Ideas to Try for Yourself
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Thinking of a DIY headboard project? While headboards are nice aesthetic elements, they’re not free, and frankly, most possess no real function beyond making your bed look like it’s meant to be there. Thankfully, there are tons of simple solutions for crafting your own DIY headboard, and unlike the other projects burning a hole in your Pinterest folders, these design ideas require both minimal effort and little to no carpentry skills.

Architects Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger found a pair of foamy acoustic panels and simply hung them on the exposed brick wall behind their bed (and they probably could have used sticky Command hooks to make such lightweight panels stick). Take their cue or pick from one of these 17 other instant-headboard decor ideas below. You might need to hang something, wedge it between the wall and your mattress, or pull out a staple gun—but more serious tools can be put away for another tutorial or a different HGTV moment. For now, the hardest part will be choosing which you like best.

Hang a textile

Tapestries and rugs give off the look and feel of a fabric headboard at a fraction of the price. If the weave is loose enough, you can nail one directly to the wall like this lunar stardust option. Choose something equal to the width of your bed or just a smidge wider.

Draw one onto the wall

You don’t have to get as elaborate as @kfrbs did in this dreamy interior design TikTok—but if you’d like to, a projector might come in handy so you can trace a photo or design you like.

PVO Portable Projector

$70.00, Amazon

Lean up old windows

Achieve your bedroom makeover with a classic flea market find: old shutters and windows. The more character the better, and the best part? No installation required.

Paint half the wall

Yes, this particular headboard project will require some effort—but you won’t have to paint the whole wall (unless you want to!). A laser level and some painter’s tape will ensure you get the line very straight. Go for a bold arch or a subtle two-tone variation.

Self Leveling Laser Level

$56.00, Amazon

ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape

$11.00, Amazon

Drape a throw over a rod

Hang some sort of rod from the ceiling using fishing wire or use a curtain rod and secure it directly to the wall. Looking for something to mount? Try this abstract blanket from Goodee.

Clear Fishing Wire

$7.00, Amazon

Project 62 Dauntless Curtain Rod

$35.00, Target

Secure a pillow to the wall

There are tons of leather straps on Etsy. Once they’re trimmed to wrap around an extra-long pillow and then secured to the wall using screws, it might even look like you’ve got an impressive tufted headboard.

Oil Tan Leather Strap

$12.00, Etsy

Mosaic a few tiles into a modern headboard

Here’s an easy way to make your bed the focal point of the room. And we won’t even tell if you use vinyl stickers.

Wedge a folding screen flat behind your bed frame

Pick up a room divider from a thrift store, swipe it from your parents’ attic, or even opt for this one from IKEA. Pressed up behind the bed it will flatten out and do the job in an instant.

Lean art on a shelf

Of course, this only works if your bed can be pushed up to a shelf on the wall (windowsills count!). Art is just one option for what to put there, but it’s certainly a funky way to show off cool wall prints like this one from Jungalow.

Over-The-Sofa Organic Gallery Frames Set (Set Of 7)

$360.00, West Elm

Thrift an antique headboard

And do nothing to it. Etsy has plenty of vintage and rustic headboard options that look high-end without breaking the bank. Easy peasy.

<cite class="credit">Photo: Polly Wreford/Courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small</cite>
Photo: Polly Wreford/Courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small

Repurpose your macramé

If your obsession with macramé is far from over, easily fashion last year’s knotty boho throw into this year’s rope headboard. Instant wall art and bed decor in one.

Get creative with an upcycled wood headboard

Reclaimed wood, old pallets, or even a plain piece of plywood are inexpensive and easy to install. Best of all, you can add shelves or customize them to your heart’s content.

Add stackable storage

A tower of cubes behind your bed opens up so many different storage and display options. Pick up a whole set like these metal ones from Amazon.

SANXIA Storage Cubes

$34.00, Amazon

Hang up a pegboard

Put up a pegboard for endless possibilities. Display art, hang plants, or add a shelf for a makeshift phone charging station.

1-Piece Hardboard Pegboard

$26.00, Lowe's

Show you’re book-smart

Raid your bookshelves or the bargain bin at your local used bookstore for hardcovers and nail them to a plywood board for this literary piece.

Draw the line

Use budget-friendly washi tape to create a minimalist geometric pattern or skyline.

3M Black Washi Tape

$3.00, Amazon

Refashion fabric headboards

If you've already got an upholstered headboard but you’re not too fond of the print anymore, simply cover it up using a staple gun and the textile of your choice.

Neu Master Heavy Duty Staple Gun

$16.00, Amazon

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest