A bedroom without a headboard is like the perfect outfit without the right shoes. If your bed is missing the all-important headboard element, take inspiration from our headboard ideas and add a big design statement your room tonight.

Headboards can sometimes be thought of as big and bulky, however, regardless of the size of the room, a headboard doesn’t need to take up much space at all. In fact, if your bedroom is small or crowded, getting rid of a bedroom frame and replacing it with a headboard is a great way to reclaim valuable space in your bedroom.

Adding a headboard to your bedroom is one of the simplest projects to do. Here are some headboard ideas that upgrade your room.

Recycled Object Headboards

If you’re on a budget, the recycled headboard is often the coolest and least expensive headboard style. Grab some inspiration and take a trip to your local thrift store for supplies. Some headboard ideas made from recycled objects include:

— A wall of books, shown above
— Salvaged wood slats
— Leftover wood flooring pieces
— Bamboo poles
— Old doors

When it comes to using wood, there are so many variations to try. To create a sleeker, contemporary headboard look, sand and slightly whitewash the wood slats so they don’t feel rough, look dirty or too rustic in appearance.

For extra design appeal, try offsetting your headboard for an asymmetric effect like the image below.

Furniture-as-Headboard Ideas

Take furniture and home accents and give them new life as a headboard. Some furniture-as-headboard ideas include:

Floating Furniture as a Headboard

If you have the space, float a dresser, cabinet or desk in the room with enough space to open the drawers on one side and with the back of the furniture piece as your headboard. The best part is that you can sit lamps or other objects on the dresser to shine over you when reading in bed. If your dresser back is unfinished, paint it or line it with wallpaper.

Area Rug as a Headboard

Add a soft touch of texture to your bedroom by hanging a rug on the wall as a headboard alternative. A standard 5×8 rug is wide enough to match a queen size, 60” wide mattress. An Indian dhurrie-style rug (shown above) is the easiest type of rug to work with, since it’s lightweight and thin.

Converted Room Divider as a Headboard

Find a unique wall panel or room screen and hang it as a headboard. Geometrically-patterned screens or room dividers create the most contemporary impact. For extra contrast, remove the screen’s boring paper backing and paint the screen’s frame in a color that ties into your bedroom’s decor.

Fabric Headboards

There are many types of headboards you can create using fabric. To give your headboard a finished look there are several ways to create an easy, simple one:

Fabric Panel Headboard

Cut a thin wood panel in the size you’d like for your headboard, spray glue some foam batting to pad the wood a bit and wrap your fabric nicely in the front while stapling in the back. Headboard ideas that are contemporary include creating a long headboard panel that not only frames your bed, but your nightstand, too, like the room in the image above.

Narrow Vertical Panel Fabric Headboard

Another non-traditional way to create a cool, modern headboard is by using the panels unconventionally. Hang the panel vertically instead of horizontally. Group two narrow, vertical panels with a gap in-between.

The headboard design above is not only different but changes with the bedding. The homeowners remove the coordinating striped runners and replace them with new ones that go with the fresh, new bedding.

Fabric Mosaic Headboard 

Buy foam board that is somewhere between 2-5” thick. Have the shop cut it for you on squares or rectangles of your choice. Wrap each panel with fabric and mount on the wall with easily removable Command hanging strips. For a unique look, use different sized shapes and varying color fabrics to create a custom mosaic-effect headboard.

Three Dimensional Fabric Headboard

Take cardboard boxes and panels of all sizes, “gift wrap” them in your favorite fabric(s) and hang them with Command hanging strips to create a three-dimensional headboard wall, like the headboard wall wrapped in Indian silk above.

Corner Fabric Headboard

If your bed is up against a corner, add a low-profile headboard to two walls creating a corner headboard. For an elegant, finished look like the room above, add a modern, tailored bed skirt in the same headboard fabric to your bed.

Artistic Headboards

Create a headboard that is bold and artistic with the following headboard ideas. If you want to give your room a contemporary look, go with a big scale. That means building your headboard up to the ceiling or using oversized art.

A Work of Art as Headboard

A wall mural or painting can be a great headboard. If you’re wanting a softer more padded effect, paint or print your art on a large canvas, mount it to a frame and pad the backside for a custom, upholstered art headboard.

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Modern bedroom. 3D render. Exclusive design.

Modern bedroom. 3D render. Exclusive design.

An Artsy Collage Headboard

Use a collection of smaller art store canvases to create an artsy gallery headboard wall. Paint them in a semi or high-gloss, bold color for a contemporary look, like the bedroom shown below. You could also used recycled cardboard boxes if pre-stretched canvases are expensive. Paint the sides in a contrasting color to add dimension.

What do you think of these fun and easy headboard designs? Would you try any of them in your own home? Let us know on social media or in the comments section below!