When it comes to bedroom design, our beds or headboards are often the stars of the show. They are usually centered in space and thus, of course, command attention when you first walk in (plus, let’s be honest, all you want to do once you get to your bedroom is dive straight into cloud-like comfort). However, design floodlights are a hot spot, and choosing a standout piece like that can put a lot of stress on your furniture selection. From tufted upholstery fit for royalty to brushed, powder-coated steel for a city loft, there are seemingly endless design trends you can do your headboard job in. And sometimes – spoiler alert – you don’t find anything This is a completely valid feeling.
Instead of giving up all hope, consider crafting your own personal choice that combines your decor style with your desire for warm comfort. The best part? It’s actually easier than you think to make a bold handmade statement with your own headboard. Below, we round up 10 stylish examples of DIY headboards (or ideas that can easily be adapted for weekend warriors) to help get your creative juices flowing.
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When it comes to achieving the classic and timeless look of an upholstered headboard, we’ve got good news: DIY couldn’t be easier. To mimic the look of a cozy headboard – like the designer inspiration seen here Heidi Keeler– Head to your local craft store to get some upholstery foam, press your favorite fabric and follow our easy step-by-step instructions for a piece you can totally make in an afternoon.
Toss on favorite throw
Are you looking to upgrade the look of your bed and not at the idea of buying a new one? Take a page out of designer Philip Smith’s book and cover your current piece with a favorite throw. At the Hudson Valley Retreat, the designer turned to Les Indiannes blanket To add some funk to his bedroom, but choose any favorite quilt or antique piece of fabric to perfect the same effect.
Imitation dimension with blowing
From a design perspective, part of the importance of headboards can be attributed to the visual weight they add to the space. If your overall vibe is minimal but you find your room lacks a bit of oomph, add some dimension with molding behind the bed in place of the traditional headboard. In this quiet space, designed by Chiples Studiothe decorative work adds visual interest (and Parisian appeal) to the simple, yet calm room.
Instead of decorating this basic bedroom with a traditional headboard, Designer Cameron Schwabenton Transformed into classic panels to add a touch of glamorous sophistication to the space. Mimic the look while discovering a flea market yourself, or a retail store like Inside For tri-fold screens, you can prop them up behind your bed.
All it takes are two planks of raw wood to transform this simple bedroom into an inviting rustic retreat. Designers Nia Bascom and Anishka Clark from ishka designs We got these two lumber boards near a Jamaican getaway, but plenty of specialty lumber vendors offer similar pieces. Just make sure it’s securely attached to the wall, so you don’t wake up to an unpleasant (and painful) surprise.
If your heart says give up the headboard completely, we say go for it – but we are also Say make sure you have some really comfortable pillows on hand to provide similar support. In this resort designed by Pamela ShamshiriOversized cotton pillows serve primarily as bedding, and provide a comfortable place to rest when reading or working from bed.
Add some edges with the leather
There’s a foolproof solution to balancing the cloud-like softness that comes from textiles on the textiles in your bedroom, and adding a masculine touch, like leather. Lucky for DIYers everywhere, the materials (especially in the faux iteration) are surprisingly forgiving and easy to work with, making them the perfect accompaniment to any DIY headboard projects you have on your radar. Although the suspended leather headboard in this space of Changu & Co. is the item purchased (from kazamidy), you can easily create your own interpretation with a little creativity.
To mimic the same effect as installing a headboard in a room—but with a bit more personality—consider hanging a large piece of artwork directly above your pillows’ line of sight, as in this space he designed Sabrina Albanese. Not only will it add a dose of drama to your space, but it’s a great way to draw the focus away from other unwanted parts of your space (ahem, like your laundry chair in the corner. We all have one).
Revitalize the look of your existing headboard by sewing a simple slide cover to pull off the top. The end result will be a relaxed and friendly design (like this moody bedroom Designer David Frazier) that can suit your tastes over the years. Not particularly clever with a needle and thread? local sewing or pro on Etsy They can do a quick turnaround project for you.
ready to buy truly creative? We have good news: practically can be anything It turned into a functional headboard with just the right amount of imagination (and a little elbow grease). Case in point: this bedroom art scene Angie Lin. The designer thought outside the box when considering her headboard, as she changed a custom door from a previous project into a bedside backdrop that doubles as legit art.
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