DIY Headboards

Author: Alecia Pirulis

If you don’t have the cash for a headboard (or perhaps even a bed frame), that’s okay — headboards are easy DIY projects that are fast, fun, and easy. Get inspiration from rustic wood panels, tweed, and mirrored wall accents. Here are some ways to get creative and end up with a headboard you love:

This blogger creates a beautiful headboard with some plywood, batting, and gold-studded tacks. This is a classic, expensive look — for a fraction of the cost when you follow the simple instructions and do it yourself!

Cheap and chic? Perfect! These headboards are sure to inspire you. Try using gold and blue patterned material, or a two-toned bold pattern to add some spice to the room.

Sea-foam green window slats turned into a headboard? Genius! Be sure to check out all of the other uses for rustic, weathered shutters (then start looking for some at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales).

Repurposed wood planks make a beautiful headboard — even without any paint or decoration!

Not everyone has the time or energy to build a custom DIY headboard, and if purchasing one doesn’t fit your budget, we recommend sketching and painting a wall stencil to create headboard! Neutrals or color pops can make the design more or less intense while also playing up individual style.

Liane Jumanan:

Mirrored headboards can be a great way to open up a space! A fantastic idea for small apartment rooms, utilizing mirrors can create a visually enhancing bedroom piece while also being pretty cost efficient.


Find a stash of old records, paint them, and put them together to create a headboard! This idea is so simple, and yet it looks amazing.