Headboards Ideas

 We will spend a significant portion of our lives in our beds. This is something we’ve all come to understand in terms of shopping for mattresses – we want support, comfort, a soothing look and feel. However, when it comes to headboards, we often neglect a potential design opportunity. Just because you’re sleeping, doesn’t mean your creative juices have to be. 

So what to do with these headboards, you ask? Well, we say, we’re so glad you did!

Looking for quiet flash-free luxury? Then cover up those sharp edges, upholster your headboard – pick a fabric you love and go from them. Tres chic.

If you’re like me, you’ve got more photographs than you know what to do with. To that end, a tasteful arrangement makes for a great display – your loved ones will always be close. 


Got extra wallpaper lying around? Use it! Be it one pattern, or if you’ve got an old sample book – go to town! The look creates fun and adds whimsy.


Redesigned lately? Spotted a beautiful old door the last time you went antiquing? Pick it up! Think horizontally and you’ll soon find yourself looking at doors in brand new ways. 

I tend to clutter even my ample beside table with glasses, books, and other odds and ends. A headboard with dimension and space for wooden shelves is not only lovely, but handy.

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Like the idea of your headboard as a display but not wild about friendly faces peering down at you? Why not use canvas or other pieces of art as the header to your bed. Talk about a powerful statement!

For most of us, the bedroom is a retreat, a place to return to ourselves. Play up this Zen concept with using Shoji screens as your headboard – subtle texture and classic lines will have you happily drifting off to dream land.

Create the illusion of a headboard with paint and finishes! You can create a colorful sunburst, or the illusion of a canopy – pick up a brush and go.

Mirrors mirrors mirrors! It’s only tacky if your bed also rotates! If not (and we’re hoping not) it’s a great way to create a sense of air and space in your boudoir!


If you can think it – try it. You’ll never know if you’ve hit on the concept that could pull your whole space together.

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  • Dale from buyheadboardsforbeds.co.uk
    November 25, 2009

    These headsboards are so unique and fantastic!!! What a differance they make compared to the standard ones!!!

  • Hänni
    December 17, 2009


    Can you tell me who makes that gorgeous two-tone wooden storage headboard?

  • admin
    December 17, 2009

    if you mean the green decal headboard : I do not know the exact one – but here is something very very similar : http://www.whatisblik.com/shop/explore/olivia-bed-frame

    The two tones you get by painting the wall a a darker shade of the decal.
    Hope it helps.

  • Hänni
    December 17, 2009

    Actually I’m talking about the 10th image down. It’s a wooden storage headboard with three candles, a clock and white vase in the cubbies. Can you tell me who makes it?

  • admin
    December 17, 2009

    Oh sorry, here you go :

    very affordable. I like that!

  • Elena
    January 14, 2010

    In my blog you can also see another headboard idea, is the one I made for my bed. Actually, it cost me less than 10 euros.
    thanks for your blog, is very inspiring!

  • Angelita Elrod @ Steel Shelving
    January 26, 2010

    I have just come across this site and so far have found it informative and interesting.
    Its amazing how even the simplest of back grounds can add such an effect on a bed or room, there are some amazing head boards there and some have even just been painted onto the background truly amazing. Thanks for sharing this, its got me thinking on a couple of ideas for my room, as I don’t even have anything behind my head.

  • ELke Wenners
    June 7, 2010

    A wide variety of great ideas.

  • Anthony
    July 6, 2013

    Hi, I really like the last picture, the one with the twigs, how is that done?

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