Headboards are something that so often can be an afterthought. You may have carefully researched and debated over what type of mattress you were going to buy, but when you get to the headboard you may simply be looking for something to house said mattress. Today we have rounded up
15 examples of thinking outside the box (store) for a headboard that can either fulfill a fantasy (one homeowner dreamed of sleeping in a bookstore and found the next best alternative), serve as a safety barrier for a kids’ room (no exposed outlets here), create an illusion of the outdoors when there are no windows, or cleverly reuse found and salvaged items to have a life beyond their original purpose.
Do you have a creative alternative, or beautiful DIY, that you discovered for your own headboards? We hope these homeowners inspire you, as much as they did us, for your own headboard experimentations! —
This vintage wooden and papier mache headboard in
Judy's North Texas home
is absolutely stunning. She found it at a vintage shop and it fits perfectly in her maximalist space. We love how the color is extended to the trunk at the end of the bed.
This Catskills home
that Jersey Ice Cream Co. designed features a beautiful handmade headboard made from reclaimed wood. The rustic wood is beautifully juxtaposed against this contrasting Roman angel wallpaper.
Kara and Tim tried these beautiful salvaged vintage arched windows in every room of their
Queensland, Australia cottage
until they perfectly settled in the master bedroom as the couple's headboard.
Leslie and Kris'
San Francisco bedroom is rather small, and the only wall big enough to fit their bed was the same as the one with the fireplace. They had to block their fireplace unfortunately, however now they have a gorgeous fireplace headboard that can be a perfect above-the-bed shelf. It also makes their bed feel like an extension of the beautiful vintage architecture of the home.
An alternative to an actual headboard can be made through architectural detailing. Here
Maria and Jonas
have one wall of wainscoting that acts as their headboard. The contrasting paint color helps to define the accent.
Claire and Parker
repurposed a vintage room divider they found as their headboard. We love the playful shape and the textural detail it adds.
Kelley and Troy's
DIY headboard adds visual interest and brings the eye towards their tall ceilings. The vintage macrame piece adds warmth to the clean lines of the wooden headboard.
Custom built cedar bookcases in
Susanna's Baltimore apartment
lined behind the bed create a bookshelf headboard. Now, you'll never have to get out of bed again when you forget to bring your book.
Sometimes headboards can be aspirational. Here, vintage wallpaper creates a beautiful mountain scene in
Holly and Stephen's
converted factory apartment. The "headboard" also gives the look of a faux window which makes the space feel brighter.
Tracy and Jamie's
headboard was made by the previous owners of their home from a salvaged barn door, and they liked it so much they decided to keep it.
Vinaya and Arun
created this headboard with tape. While they say it's a temporary solution, we love how the graphic lines play off of the lines in the blanket.
Michael and Mandy's
lovely upholstered headboard is actually a DIY! It fits perfectly in their Nashville attic bedroom.
Can you believe this headboard is a shower curtain?
Brandon and Katie
found this vintage shower curtain that unfortunately had a stain at the bottom, so they repurposed it as a headboard which creates a statement piece above their bed and hides the stain at the same time.
Joanne and Tony Ma
were looking for a temporary solution to block an outlet behind the head of the bed. The Ma family cleverly took the towers off their daughter's cardboard castle for protection and a barrier, but it ended up being a family favorite.
Ashima's Park Slope
bedroom features a homemade headboard made from a salvaged chalkboard. We like the versatility of the chalkboard too, neutral when left unmarked, and easily changed whenever you want to add something special.