Great headboard ideas can completely transform the look and feel of your bedroom! If you don’t believe us, just check out the 25 creative designs in the gallery below. But first, enjoy other similar Freshome posts, like these bedroom designs guaranteed to rock your world, these ocean-view bedrooms and last, but not least, some quality Scandinavian inspiration. Now that we got your attention, let’s expand a bit on the subject. As you guys are probably aware, headboards are available in a variety of sizes and fabrics on the market. You can either buy a simple ready-made one to match your bed, or you can improvise and come up with a headboard that takes the originality level in your bedroom sky-high!

Don’t have enough room for books? Store them neatly near your bed and crate a very…knowledgeable headboard. Or open up the books and post them on the wall, for easy access to any famous quote. Mirrors, wallpapers, old wooden panels, an aquarium and even skis- when it comes to designing your perfect headboard, there are no limitations. Unless your sleep partner is not all that much into extravagant bedroom features- you guys should probably have a chat first. From traditional to modern, the headboard ideas below will surprise and inspire you. As usual, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know which design is your favorite!

Recycled Object Headboards

If you’re on a budget, the recycled headboard is often the coolest and least expensive headboard style. Some headboard ideas made from recycled objects include:

A wall of books (above)
Salvaged wood slats
–Leftover wood flooring pieces
Bamboo poles
Old doors

To create a sleeker, contemporary headboard look, sand and slightly whitewash the wood slats (image below) so they don’t feel rough, look dirty or too rustic in appearance.

For extra design appeal, offset your headboard for an assymetric 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 you’re 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 thick foam, 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.

An Artsy Collage Headboard

Modern bedroom. 3D render. Exclusive design.

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.

A Pillow Headboard

Our final suggestion takes the pillows off your bed and mounts them on the wall. For a one-of-a-kind look, hang a collection of pillows on the wall as a headboard to sleep stylishly and well tonight. Below are some other great headboard concepts for you to consider.