Do It Yourself Headboard Ideas


A headboard defines the bed as the focal point of the room. Match the exact style you are looking for and stay within your budget by creating your own. Do-it-yourself does not have to look cheap; in fact a unique headboard can make a regular bedroom look like it has undergone a designer makeover.


  • Fabric panels can be used to create a custom headboard. Choose material that coordinates with your bedspread and stretch it over a wood-framed canvas from your local art store. Hold the fabric in place with a staple gun. Place a layer of cotton batting between the canvas and the fabric for a softer effect. Hang one large canvas, or arrange several smaller ones in a rectangle or square shape on the wall above the bed. Avoid having any visible wall space between the bed and the fabric panel in order to mimic a headboard.

Old Bedroom Set

  • Reuse the mirror from a salvaged vanity or dresser. Repaint with a glossy black or white paint to update the look. Mount to the wall behind the bed. The mirror can be left unpainted or with chipped paint to add a bit of shabby chic.

Mirrored Tile

  • Attach mirrored tiles to the wall behind the bed for a glamorous look. Place the mirrored tiles from behind the bed frame up the wall to the ceiling. Add a string of mini lights for more drama.

Old Door

  • Mount a salvaged door to the wall horizontally, or attach it directly to the bed frame to create an architectural detail. Paint or stain the door before hanging. The existing paint can be distressed by rubbing sandpaper over sections or by applying a coat of crackle-finished paint.


  • Install wainscoting behind your bed for a clean and classic look. Add a shelf over the top or sconces on either side. All the materials can be found in a home improvement store.


  • Use a short section of a fence to make a headboard. Attach to the wall or directly to the bed frame. Purchase a new picket fence or find a salvaged metal fence. Dress it up with paint or silk flowers, greenery or ribbon.


  • Take advantage of specialty paints like magnetic paint and chalkboard paint. Use a piece of fiberboard framed with crown molding. Prime the fiberboard and then apply two coats of magnetic paint. Allow to dry fully between coats. Attach strips of crown molding to the sides to create a frame and then hang it on the wall behind the bed down to the floor. Attach an additional piece of molding horizontally across the headboard to hold the chalk, or place a cup of chalk on a bedside table.


  • Create a display of pop media for a headboard with a sheet of plywood covered by a sheet of Plexiglas. Drill small holes at the corners to keep the two pieces together. Sandwich album covers or magazine pages in between the two layers. Scour thrift stores for interesting old records or use personal pieces of art.

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