DIY Headboards: 53 Original Ideas for Easy Style

Make over a bedroom with one simple project — a DIY headboard. Find more than 50 easy ideas in a variety of styles and shapes.
15 Easy DIY Headboard: Picket Fence

15 Easy DIY Headboard: Picket Fence

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This is hard to believe now, but for too many years, the only headboard project we featured on was made from chain-link. It's still here, with a cult following, even rumored to have been tweeted by an edgy celebrity highlighting, ahem, alternative styling rather than the original design, which was for a boy's room.Recent years have seen a sea change in headboard projects, videos, styles and options. And with the upcoming holidays bringing bedrooms and guest rooms into focus, why not take the opportunity to build the headboard you've been wanting (or at least steal the look)?

Budget-Friendly Headboards

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Decal Dreams

Low-Cost Luan

Whimsical Silhouette


Behind Closed Doors

Vintage Textiles

Color Happy

Elegant Alternative

Chalkboard Frame

Two-Tone Plywood

Photo By: unknown

Wallpaper Magic

Glamour on a Budget

If price is your main concern, but you still want projects that are fun to put together with original styles, then look no further than below, where tree branches, reclaimed wood and even T-shirts can be converted into conversation pieces — explaining why this headboard gallery is also our most popular.

Easy-to-Make Headboards

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Sweet Dreams

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

Fireplace Mantel Headboard

Photo By: Frank Murray

Picket Fence

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

It's Not Metal

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Sail Off to Sleep

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

He Wishes It Was His Bed

©Design by Chris Hill

Cottage Style

©Design by Michelle Scheibe

Statuesque and Upholstered

©Design by Janell Beals

Photo Frame Headboard

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Rustic Style

©Design by Chris Hill

Enchanted Forest

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Twinkle, Twinkle

©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

T-Shirt Collection

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

Homemade Slipcover

©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Duct Tape Headboard

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Reclaimed and reused objects are perfect mediums for headboards, where screens, signs and shutters — among other items — can transform into headboards simply by mounting them on the wall.

Creative Headboards

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Trash to Treasure

Photo By: Funky Junk Interiors

Industrial Chic

Rustic Romance

A Good Sign

Photo By: Funky Junk Interiors

Exotic Flair

Organic Element

Soaring to the Ceiling

Coastal Chic

Pallet Perfection

Country Goes Contemporary

Bright Blue Mante

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Green Ladder Headboard

Practical and chic, there are a number of ideas for headboards that bring a sophisticated feel to a room with materials like fabric, bookshelves and framed artwork.

Unique Headboard Ideas

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Functional Backdrop

Simple and Neutral

Screen Masterpiece

Refresh the Classics

Storage Smarts

A Fresh Canvas

Graduated, Padded Headboard

Canopy Chic

Artfully Designed

Bold style statements can be made through rustic painted wood (our most popular headboard how-to), nails and canvas board or bright paint with decals. You can even make a slipcover for an existing headboard, and of course all these headboard projects are easy on your budget.

Simple DIY Headboards

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Bold and Rustic

Dramatic Upholstery

Cover It Up

A Work of Art

Cottage-Style Shutters

Stick It on the Wall

I hope highlighting these photo galleries makes finding your DIY headboard inspiration easier!

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