4 Simple DIY Headboards

A headboard can add a lot to a room. It can inject some much-needed colour, add a bit of texture, or be a unique design feature. Learn how!

Whether you have something specific in mind, haven't found anything that fits with your current decor, or just want to get crafty, making your own headboard could be a great decision.

There are many ideas out there to get your interior decorating juices flowing. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Funky fabrics

For a super easy and simple headboard, all you need is some fabric. This could be anything you have on hand - a tapestry, rug, luxury blanket, or any leftover material.

Alternatively, you can pick up a couple of metres of fabric from your local sewing store. You'll have a huge range to choose from, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg. When you get your fabric, it doesn't take much to finish the edges. Sewing is a more secure option, but fabric glue works well too. If you feel like taking making it extra special, add tassels to the edge or a lace rim.

You can work with your colour scheme and choose a material that is the same tone as your decor, or mix it up. If you have a lot of white, choose a bold red, brown and white striped pattern.

When you have chosen and prepped your fabric, pin it to the wall so it hangs behind your bed and you're done.

  • Fabulous frames

For a slightly more extensive project that will add dimension to your room, make your own canvas frame. Get a plain wooden frame from your local stationary, craft or hardware store, a staple gun and some fabric. A funky print could work well. Lay your fabric out on a flat surface and put the frame on top. It you're using a pattern, make sure it is lined up how you want it. Simply fold over the edges, pull tight, and being very careful with your staple gun, secure them into place on the back of the frame.

You could enlist the help of a friend so it comes out how you want it to. If you have excess fabric at the corners, cut out a small piece in the shape of a triangle.

There are a number of ways you can attach your new headboard to the wall - a hammer and nails might be all you need - but if you don't want to mark or damage your walls, consider using something non-intrusive like 3M adhesives.

  • Play with paint

If you own your own home and are ready to commit to having the same headboard for a while, you could paint straight onto your wall. If you're a budding artist, a small mural could look great here. Paint it in a square space, or trace out the shape of a peaked headboard first and fill in the area. 

Use chalkboard or whiteboard paint so you can write your favourite quote or the week, jot down all of your thoughts before you fall asleep, your to-do list for the next day or a note to your loved one.

  • Re-vamp and recycle

This project could be a chance to recycle. Using old doors and windows for a headboard will give your room a rustic, vintage element. If you have an old ornate mirror that is cracked, remove the glass and string fairy lights or twine from one side to the other and pin on your favourite photos and trinkets. Your re-vamped headboard will be a stand-out piece and will suit someone who wants something a bit bolder.

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