Ideas for Redoing Headboards


When you want to update your bedroom, changing the headboard can make a big impact. Because of its size and prominent position, the headboard can set the tone in a bedroom. Whether you want to save money or simply want to create a more personal design, redoing your headboard is a way to create a custom statement.


  • One of the easiest ways to update your headboard without spending a great deal of time and money is to give it a coat of paint. A new color can boost the energy and create a new feeling in the room, particularly if you use a bright or saturated shade. Choose a color and design that suits the room: Use a crackle finish for a rustic look, a bold color for a modern feeling, or an abstract pattern for an organic, artistic touch. If you are refinishing a headboard with a shiny surface, use a bonded primer first so the paint will stick.

Fabric Upholstery

  • For a soft touch, give your headboard new life with padding and upholstery. Choose a fabric that sets the tone you want in the bedroom: A rich luxurious fabric will give your bedroom a glamorous, romantic feeling, while a more textured fabric can lend a natural, woodsy element to the space. Almost any headboard can be upholstered; if you have a metal frame or wood carving with spaces, you may need to add a plywood backing cut to the shape before adding padding and fabric.


  • If you have a wooden or metal headboard, you can create a new look with decoupage; a collage-style headboard is also a way to show off your favorite photos, album covers, posters or other print pieces. Look for elements that combine to create an overall feeling that is not too chaotic; choose pieces with similar colors or design styles for cohesion. To make decoupage work on a large surface, lay out all of your print pieces on the surface to get an idea of the overall look, and glue them down on one small area at a time. After you are finished gluing down the pieces, you can cover the entire headboard with a coat of spray varnish to set them in place.

Three-Dimensional Covering

  • Give your headboard extra detail and texture by adding three-dimensional objects as a covering. For a child's room, you might screw on a row of skateboards or snowboards for a theme room; for an adult room, use cleaner objects like thin pieces of driftwood or repurposed timbers. Choose objects that do not have sharp edges that present any danger during the night, or add a padded bottom area to protect your head.

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