Have you been planning to decorate or change your room's look? Maybe you already know what you want, but money holds you back. The bedroom, for sure, is one of the important rooms you spend most of your time in daily. So, to make it more comfortable, you need to decorate it beautifully. One of the steps to achieve this is to spice up the room with a headboard. This step should never be overlooked.
Headboards have their way of transforming the bedroom, and we have 85 ideas to get you started. You do not need to rob a bank before turning your room into a modern and chic bedroom. We, the DIY guru, are here to take you through the DIY route. Therefore, if you’re trying to decorate or redecorate your room, we have a lot of inspirations that you can customize to reflect your style, colour, material, and pattern. Most of the materials needed for this DIY project you can find them around the house or upcycle old furniture.
Furthermore, if you are new to DIY projects, we still got you covered because we have DIY headboards for every skill set.
We believe a well-designed room has its way of encouraging a positive disposition in anyone who steps into it. That’s why our 85 DIY headboard ideas are a must-create, and we believe you will love the outcome of your room.
DIY Headboard Project Ideas
1. Ruffled Fabric as Headboard
Get any suitable fabric of your choice and follow the steps in this tutorial to create the ruffle fabric headboard.
2. Window Headboard
If you have an antique window at home, you should try using it as a headboard the same way it’s used in Liz Marie’s tutorial. This project requires just a few steps, and you’ll have your room looking brand new.
3. Minimalist Headboard
Simple is always more! This wooden beam headboard is a great way to add a lovely aesthetic to the room. You can add planters beside it to give the room a more natural look. See the tutorial source here.
4. Flower Wall Headboard
This fake flower on the wall as a headboard is a pretty concept. Here are the steps to achieving this.
5. Geometric Wood Headboard
For this nice-looking headboard, you need plywood as the base, then begin attaching your fancy wood, alternating between white and brown. Here is the how-to tutorial on the process.
6. Barn Door Headboard
This barn door headboard is so popular, and everyone loves it. The good thing about this headboard is that it doesn’t cost much. Although real barn wood is expensive, it is also difficult to find, but you can use ordinary sturdy lumber to create the barn door headboard. Get a tutorial here.
7. Beautiful Tufted Panel Headboard
Do you want to create a headboard like this? Learn from Remodelaholic and follow all the steps to create your tufted panel headboard.
8. Round Wood Headboard
This pretty headboard requires early planning because you need to cut the wood into wood rounds and dry them until they are completely dry. However, if you already have dry wood rounds, this project is easy and quick to complete. Follow the steps in this tutorial to build your round wood headboard.
9. Stencilled Light Up Headboard
This simple but chic design is built in such a way that the wooden headboard will be able to hide the electrical works behind it. Get more details about this tutorial here. Have fun choosing a welcoming word to stencil on the wood.
10. Upholstered Headboard
No tutorial source is available.
11. Tufted Velvety Headboard
This king-size headboard is the real deal. This headboard requires time and patience. You’ll also need help in the process, but if you can handle it alone, it will take longer to complete than when you have an extra hand. Get a tutorial here.
12. Plywood Print Headboard
This is an easy-to-make headboard. All you have to do is take your favourite picture from one of your vacations and turn it into a headboard. Here is how themerrythought.com made this headboard.
13. Woven Vertical Blinds
This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve this. Decorate yours too with a lamp to give it this complete look.
14. Tufted Upholstered Headboard
You too can make an upholstered tufted headboard like a pro! You do not need expensive supplies, simple supplies can do the trick. You can use a pegboard or plywood as the frame backing. Get the tutorial here.
15. Simple Headboard
This headboard is 50 inches high and 56 inches wide. To create this, a pine board was used, but you can use any wood you lay your hands on. After cutting the plank to their appropriate measurement, you can fasten them. Lastly, paint and leave to dry. Tutorial.
16. Arch Headboard
See how you can make an arch headboard by yourself. This headboard will take your bedroom to the next level with its outstanding style.
17. Easy-to-make Tufted Headboard
See how to make this beautiful tufted headboard from this tutorial.
18. Flowery Fabric Headboard
Click here to see the tutorial on how to create this fabric headboard.
19. Doormat Headboard
The idea behind this headboard was to use the rubber doormat to replicate the morocco headboard. Follow the instructions on this tutorial if you want to create your DIY version.
20. Rope Headboard
Here is how to make this DIY rope headboard from this tutorial.
21. Plywood Shelf Headboard
This is another keeping-it-simple headboard. Mr. Kate will teach you how to cut your wood pieces, the shelf piece, and how to join them up to create this plywood shelf headboard.
22. Three Framed Pillows Headboard
This is a gallery headboard made with pillows. This is different from the conventional behind-the-bed headboard. So if you want to try something different from the norm, you can try this. See the tutorial here.
23. No-sew Headboard
Learn how to make a tufted headboard from “Cre8tive Designs.”
24. Pegboard Headboard
You can add colours to your white room with this headboard made from a pegboard. In order to get the perfect outline, use painter's tape to make the outline before painting. For more details follow the instructions on this project tutorial.
25. Macrame Headboard
If you’re good at Knotting, you can decide to make a macrame-inspired headboard like this. Source.
26. Upholstered Clamshell Headboard
Instead of a regular rectangular tufted headboard, you have a tufted clamshell. See all the processes involved in making the clamshell in this tutorial.
27. 3D Tile Headboard
This headboard is perfect for the children’s bedroom. You can decide to hang more beautiful accessories on it like holiday lights or children’s toys. Here is the project tutorial.
28. Pool Noodles Headboard
This beautiful headboard is made with pool noodles, fabric/blanket, and plywood. Measure on the plywood the size of the headboard you intend to create. On the plywood, begin upholstering with the fabric/blanket around each pool noodle. See the tutorial here.
29. Rainbow-Inspired Headboard
I know you will love to create this headboard. This design will give your room a bougie look, especially if you love white walls. The rainbow colour will excellently complement your white wall with not too many decorations. Get a tutorial here.
30. Frame Caned Headboard
The wood frame and woven cane were made in their original colour, but you can decide to add colour to yours. Here are the instructions on how to go about this project.
31. Decorative Wood Headboard
Can you see how nice-looking this mid-century modern-inspired wood headboard looks! This DIY tutorial has proven that there is no need to buy a king-size headboard when you can make a gorgeous and high-quality headboard. You can also make this in any size and colour suitable for you by following the step-by-step process laid out by DIY Candy. You can make this if you can use drills and saws- be prepared for a lot of measuring too!
32. Rustic Wood Pallet Headboard
33. Decorated Plank Headboard
This is the simple headboard design built with pallets, but this time it was decorated with the word “love.” See tutorial source.
34. Fabric Headboard
Here is the tutorial on how to make the fabric headboard.
35. Pink Decorated Headboard
Here is another beautiful headboard with a decorative cutout so it can be different from the rectangular headboard. At the top edge of your plywood, cut out a sector shape to get something like this.
36. Rustic Door Headboard
This rustic door headboard looks so beautiful with the room decorations. It has a shelf which you can also decorate with picture frames. Project source.
37. Patch Pattern Headboard
As the name implies, this headboard is made from different patches of square wood. Cut your plywood into several squares of the same length. Then wrap them up with a different fabric that compliments themselves to create this amazing headboard. Project tutorial.
38. Fence Headboard
These wood planks and lamps make a nice pair for the bedroom. The rustic wood gives a warm and cozy look to the bedroom. (No tutorial source)
39. Shelf-inspired Headboard
No tutorial source is available.
40. Pallet Wood Headboard Decorated with Bird Silhouette
If your drawing skills are nice, then you could try something like this. After building the headboard with wood pallets, you can make any drawing that is fun and inviting. Project source.
41. Antique Window Shutter Headboard
If you come across a shutter door or window whenever you’re on your next antique shopping trip, you have to buy it. It’s because this little treasure here can turn into this beautiful headboard. Project source.
42. Multiple Picture Frame Headboard
You can think of any fun words to frame other than “Sweet dreams.” (No tutorial source)
43. Wood Weave Headboard Pattern
This headboard was achieved by cutting the plywood into equal sizes of a certain length and width (based on your preference). Then after weaving the wood, you’ll have to prime, paint and install. Tutorial source.
44. Cut Board Cutout Headboard
This headboard was made with 15 square wall art pieces. You can screw this headboard directly to the wall if you want the fabric or paper to be permanent. However, if you want to change the fabric beneath it often, you should hang it on the wall via eye hooks. Tutorial.
45. Wood Shims Weave Headboard
This wood board wasn’t woven, we arranged six wood ships vertically, and the next six were placed horizontally. At the end of everything, your headboard will appear woven. Use plywood as a base; also use adhesive to hold the wood shims. Find these DIY details here.
46. Floral Headboard
The floral headboard will need beautiful paper flowers. If you love flowers, nothing is stopping you from trying this out. You’ll need to get a morocco headboard so that you can stuff the paper flowers into the holes. Here are details from start to finish on how to create a floral headboard.
47. 20 mins Faux Tile Headboard
To make this, you need faux foam tiles, scotch mounting tape, and adhesive, and no wood is involved. Learn how to make a faux tile headboard from Sweet C’s.
48. White Tufted Headboard
Are you wondering how this white tufted headboard was made? Here is a tutorial from The Idea Room on the process.
49. Wood Slat Headboard
Here is how you can make this headboard.
50. Headboard Shelf
Click here to see how this shelf was updated into a rustic headboard. It could inspire you to turn an already existing item into the perfect headboard.
51. Faux Painted Headboard
No need for woods and all other stuff, you can paint any headboard design you like directly on the wall. Do you want to see how this design was made? Click here for details.
52. Modern Headboard
No tutorial source is available.
53. Classy Screen Headboard
A decorative screen can also serve as a headboard. So when next you come across a decorative screen, you can customise it your way and then use it as a headboard. Source.
54. Chevron Patterned Headboard
This rustic wood headboard, combined with the teal wall is giving the right vibe. Want to try this out? Here is the tutorial to follow.
55. White Wood Planks
This white plank headboard is a perfect fit for dark walls. This beautiful decoration fits perfectly in a man's room. (No tutorial source available).
56. Star and Crescent Moon Headboard
This is really perfect for a child's room. Get the right plywood that matches your bed size. You can upholster a fabric on it that matches the idea or style you want. Using holiday lights, make a crescent to match the stars. (No tutorial available).
57. Evenly-spaced Cedarwood Headboard
No tutorial source found
This headboard was made from cedar wood- the same wood used for ceiling beams. The design is simple, and inexpensive to create - but gives a beautiful sophisticated look. Don't you just love this design!
58. T-shirt Collage
Who knew T-shirts could turn into something this beautiful. If your son is a basketball fan or player, you can use his old jerseys to create a headboard for his room. He is going to love this colourful headboard. You can do the same for football jerseys, ordinary t-shirts or even different colourful fabrics.
59. Cottage Style Headboard
Tutorial source unknown.
60. Wallpaper Headboard
This wallpaper or fabric headboard is a nice choice if you love changing patterns often. Tutorial source unknown.
61. Old Window Fabric Headboard
To make this, use wood beams to create a window frame. Divide the window into four parts, using a stapling gun to attach different fabrics to each section of the window. Tutorial source unknown.
62. Herringbone Headboard
Click to see the how-to tutorial on the herringbone headboard.
63. Quote Headboard
On your headboard, stencil any quote of your choice to make something similar. Tutorial source.
64. Painted Wood Headboard
Painting your wood is also another nice idea. First, join all your wood planks together and use painter's tape to make a precise pattern before painting. Tutorial source unknown.
65. Stencilled Fabric Headboard
If you have a beautiful stencil pattern, you can get a piece of inexpensive plain fabric and a stencil on it. Prep your plywood by cutting the top right and left edges or you can design to cut out a different pattern. Finally, lay the fabric on the wood and foam and begin stapling on them. If you’ll like to decorate further, use nailheads to hammer it on about three inches from the edge. For more details, see the tutorial here.
66. Old Door Headboard
This is another old door headboard. Can you believe it! If you want to try this out, click on this tutorial link.
67. Customised Edge Headboard
To make this headboard, you don't really have to make your edge this exact pattern. Play around with different patterns and shapes, choose your best, and cut. Tutorial source.
68. Stencilled Headboard
A stenciled headboard by The Idea Room. Replicate this beautiful design for your small size bed.
69. Farmhouse Headboard
Tutorial source unknown.
70. Ceiling Tile Headboard
Tutorial source unknown
Purchase any beautiful ceiling tile to attempt this idea. Use adhesive to paste it on the wall to create a nice headboard design.
71. Sleek Upholstered Headboard
This sleek upholstered headboard is simple and straightforward. It doesn’t require many steps or material. Get more details here.
72. Framed Bulletin Board Headboard
This is a very thoughtful headboard. If you do not have enough space in your room, you can try this two-purpose headboard. It serves as a headboard and a jewelry display or bulletin board. Learn about how this headboard was made and framed.
73. Vintage and Chic Headboard
Newbies to woodwork, hop on these! This colourful wood headboard will turn your room around. Remember to use the same colour as the headboard for your throw pillow. See the tutorial here.
74. Woven Dowel Headboard
First off, you have to create a ladder-like shape using wood dowels and then weave your rope around it to create this headboard. If you want to create something like this, see the tutorial here.
75. Upcycled Door Headboard
Repurposing old furniture is my favourite kind of DIY project. This time, to create a headboard, an old door was used. The door knob on the side of the door that will be placed against the wall was removed and a shelf was added to make it look modern. Get the tutorial here.
76. Rustic and Chic Headboard
This is another easy with no labour headboard. Does not require any skill at all! Just get your old doors and place them upwards against the wall to get this result.
77. Playhouse Headboard
This DIY house bird with big drawers for storage comes with a headboard. You have to create this for the little children and they will love it. Get the tutorial here.
78. New and Vintage Paddle Headboard
This new and vintage paddle was placed upwards/vertically to create this headboard idea. This is a simple yet creative and resourceful headboard. If you love swimming, you can do this with your paddles.
79. Faux Brass Headboards
This metallic gold faux brass headboard is a perfect headboard to try for your bedroom. With this, the room doesn’t require much decoration. And if you love your room looking all white, you should hope on this one too. Here is the how-to tutorial for this project.
80. Upcycle a Frame into a Headboard
This headboard will not take much of your time and any skill level can embark on this project. So, if you have any old wood frames from a mirror or picture/painting, you can repurpose them into a beautiful headboard for any bedroom. You can also spray paint it any colour of your choice. Get a tutorial here.
81. Headboard From Pallet Wood
This might look difficult but that is far from it. This headboard was completed in one afternoon, that's how easy it gets. All you need is to get the right measurements and dimensions to follow and you’re good. Follow the Six Clever Sisters for detailed instructions.
82. Temporary Wallpaper as Headboard
This wallpaper headboard is so classy and can give your room and bird that spark. If you are looking for a project where no wood, saws, or drills are involved, then here it is! Anyways, you still can’t run from taking measurements - LOL! Get a tutorial here.
83. Wood Headboard
This wood headboard is also easy to make, cutting the curvy edge is not difficult. All you have to do is draw any curvy design of your choice on wrapping paper first, then cut out the pattern. You can make a few adjustments if you are not satisfied with the result. This is easier than drawing directly on the wood. Get more details on how-to here.
84. Geometric Wood Headboard
This geometric wood headboard was designed in three triangular sections, then coloured and framed. You can decide to change the colour and number of sections when building your headboard. These are the steps taken to achieve this headboard design.
85. Ladder Headboard
This headboard is made with a rustic ladder which serves as a shelf. This is a really easy-to-do headboard. Source.
Most of the measurements in this tutorial are for king-size and queen-size beds. So if you want a headboard for a smaller bed, you can adjust the measurements to fit your bed size.
Secondly, if you’re not comfortable cutting the wood yourself, you could just go to the closest local hardware store to get your wood cut. Hence, the only thing you have to do is join them at home. Therefore, you shouldn’t be scared of attempting any design idea you have or see in this article.