Just 10 Scandinavian Headboard Ideas That You Can Buy or DIY

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It's no secret that one of the major cornerstones of any bedroom is the headboard, but finding the right solution can be extra tricky when it comes to a Scandinavian design. After all, the beloved style is often rooted in minimalism and simplicity, which makes most bulky or plush headboards a no-go.

The good news is that you don't have to sacrifice the comfort and practicality of a headboard in order to get those much sought-after Nordic vibes. By utilizing natural textures, neutral colors, and a slight touch of whimsy, a great Scandinavian headboard will only enhance your sleeping quarters.

Ahead, we're sharing 10 shoppable or DIY-friendly headboard options that will anchor your space while simultaneously giving it the Scandi-chic look we all love and adore.

1. DIY Timeless Scandinavian Headboard

The subtle rounded corners on this DIY plywood headboard by Georgia Grace sets it apart from the rest, making it feel extra polished and slightly more high-end. Pair yours with white bedding to emphasize the Scandinavian simplicity of this design.

Get the look: Easy DIY Timeless Scandinavian Modern Headboard by Georgia Grace

2. DIY Headboard with Leather Straps

Not only is this DIY Scandinavian headboard by Paulsvera incredibly gorg, but it's also a practical choice for comfort without sacrificing the sense of minimalism throughout the space. Be sure to style your bed pillows flat to give a clear sightline to the headboard's suspended design.

Get the look: DIY Headboard With Leather Straps by Paulsvera

3. Woven Fan Headbard

This Scandinavian headboard by Urban Outfitters doubles as wall art, and is ideal for creating a focus in the room while infusing natural texture. To emphasize the minimalist style, stick to a frameless bed setup and an oversize duvet to create a boho sense of whimsy.

Get the look: Urban Outfitters Woven Fan Headboard, $99

4. Segment Cane Headboard

This Scandinavian design with cane detailing is an ideal blend of natural textures and a traditional silhouette, perfect for someone wanting to add a hint of sophistication to their boudoir. Swap colorful bedding for a set of white linens to stay aligned with the neutral color palette most often found in Scandi interiors.

Get the look: CB2 Segment Cane Headboard With Base Options, $499 - $949

5. Woven Leather Headboard

Saffron + Poe's woven leather headboard paired with modern nightstands and a jute rug gives off an effortless Scandinavian vibe, while still feeling sophisticated and polished. Try adding an indoor plant in a corner or on top of a dresser for an infusion of color and even more texture.

Get the look: Saffron + Poe Woven Leather Strap Headboard, $995

6. Rattan Scandinavian Headboard

Pier 1 Imports hit the nail on the head with this rattan headboard — one of the most common materials we find in Scandinavian design. Take a page out of Joshua Tree Surf Club's book and layer in additional woven accents, including a hanging pendant or a cane nightstand.

Get the look: Pier 1 Imports Rattan Queen Headboard, $199.99

7. DIY Slatted Scandinavian Headboard

This DIY Scandinavian headboard from Vintage Revivals adds an unexpected touch thanks to its angled silhouette — perfect when you're hoping to add a modern touch to your bedroom. Pro-tip: Add black accents throughout the rest of the room with lighting or drapery hardware to add a little contrast.

Get the look: DIY Slatted Headboard by Vintage Revivals

8. IKEA Mandal Headboard Hack

Sarah Shabacon's awe-inducing space features one of our favorite IKEA hacks: two Mandal headboards stacked on top of each other to create one statement piece. Add in whites and warm neutrals for a cozy and well-balanced Scandinavian design.

Get the look: IKEA Mandal Headboard, $250

9. DIY Modern Plywood Headboard With Built-in Shelving

Image Credit: Caroline Burke for Hunker

This DIY plywood headboard with built-in shelves is a great solution for a small Scandinavian bedroom that may not have space for a dedicated nightstand. Add personality to your shelving with scented candles, mini succulents, and other small pieces of decor that will lend a cozy and personal vibe to the rest of the room.

Get the look: DIY Modern Plywood Headboard With Built-In Shelves

10. Hanging Leather Headboard

This hanging leather headboard from The Citizenry offers a perfect solution for a Scandinavian design that needs an injection of texture and warmth, while still keeping the overall look minimal and effortless. Highlight this headboard's simplicity with clean white walls and pared-down bedding.

Get the look: The Citizenry Hanging Leather Headboard, $695


Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.

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