DIY Headboards You Can’t Screw Up

What's the centerpiece of any boudoir? You guessed it, the bed! And being that it's such an important element, it goes without saying that there are many ways to dress it up — from luxurious bedding sets, to plush blankets, to detailed throw pillows. But our favorite part is the statement-making headboard. While there are plenty of options available for purchase, we think that there's something so satisfying about doing it yourself — plus you can personalize every last detail. Now before you assume that we've rounded up a bunch of complicated, pro-level projects that you could never pull off, know this: You don't you need to be a DIY expert to make a headboard worthy of your master bedroom. And the 12 how-to's ahead prove it!

1. Skip the screws with a stikwood headboard.

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credit: Sugar & Cloth

We have a long-standing love affair with Ikea, but the lines at the mega retailer? Not so much. Which is why we're so obsessed with this idea from Sugar & Cloth that involves adhesive wood, also known as "stikwood." In the time it takes to get to the checkout counter, you can create this ultra-chic peel-and-stick headboard.

2. Go bold with a painted plywood headboard.

DIY headboard
credit: A Bubbly Life

Want to amp up the color without sacrificing that clean, minimal aesthetic? Let us turn your attention to this tutorial from A Bubbly Life. As simple as it is striking, all you need is plywood, painter's tape, sandpaper, and a can of paint.

3. Create an elegant upholstered headboard insert.

Up the elegance factor with an upholstered headboard insert, like this one from Squirrelly Minds. The best part: You can swap out the panel whenever you want, without damaging the original.

4. Let the light shine through with a wood slat headboard.

For many, a headboard is a symbol of adulthood. But who says you can't have some fun with the grown-up staple? Case in point: This peek-a-boo, slatted wood project from Vintage Revivals.

5. Channel your inner artist with a plywood print headboard.

Ever dream of waking up with seaside or mountain vistas? Now you can bring your favorite scenery into your sleeping quarters. The Merry Thought turned a prized photograph into a hybrid art print/headboard — for under $25 — and so can you!

6. Mix regal and modern with a button tufted headboard.

Give your bedroom the royal treatment — in a totally contemporary way — with this button tufted headboard. And while the final result may look fancy, we promise this project from Home Made by Carmona is super fun.

7. Spice things up with a Mexican-inspired upholstered panel.

Craving some south-of-the-border flair? Take a cue from Love and Specs and upgrade a drab bed frame with an upholstered panel made from a Mexican blanket.

8. Upcycle an old door into a new headboard.

An inexpensive and ingenious solution, My Socal'd Life upcycled an old door into a dazzling new headboard. We love the turquoise hue and how well it pairs with the vibrant striped throw.

9. Bring the outdoors in with a plant motif upholstered headboard.

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credit: Reaktionista

Drawing inspiration from nature, Reaktionista used a wild plant motif and fabric paint to turn a plain white sheet into a hand-stamped textile. In keeping with the outdoorsy theme, the base is composed of plywood and recycled cushions.

10. Get edgy with a live wood edge headboard.

Kristin Jackson of the Hunted Interior takes rustic-chic to the next level with this DIY headboard project. Inspired by a live edge piece of wood, the natural-looking edge of this headboard was actually created with a jigsaw. Finish it off with a little wood stain, and voila, your bedroom can also feel like a gorgeous ski chalet.

11. Tufted floor cushions make a comfy headboard.

No need to say more, you had us at denim Sarah Sherman Samuel. Any excuse to use the casual jeans-inspired accent and we're in, especially when it involves creating a modern headboard. This DIY project can be completed in five easy steps, and only requires a handful of supplies — most important of which are the two floor cushions, a copper pipe, and a little bit of leather (or faux leather, if you prefer.)

12. Make a dramatic statement with this chevron patterned headboard.

Can you believe this stunner costs less than $100? That's right! East Coast Creative knows a thing or two about DIY projects and this chevron-patterned beauty is one of our favorites. Be sure to enlist a partner to assist you with this bedroom challenge, because it is not for the faint of heart.


Lindsay Cohn

Lindsay Cohn

​Lindsay Cohn is a freelance writer with a penchant for design and travel. Follow her on Instagram @​lindsay_cohn.