The headboard is an important part of bedroom decor. While it is an optional detail, it can set the style for the entire room and be functional. There are so many types of headboards that it can be difficult to choose one. Let these personalized headboard pictures suggest some ideas.
Simple headboards come with a few beds, but the choices don’t end there. An endless variety of sizes, styles, and materials are available if you want to redesign your bedroom.
Make the headboard useful
With the concept of the headboard as a stand-alone useful piece of furniture, the sky is the limit. People who like to read in bed have long built bookcases in headboards. Or the headboard could frame books open to your favorite quote or picture.
Of course, books aren’t the only thing the “knowledgeable headboard” can hold. Plants and pictures often connect books on bookshelves. Music, phone, alarm clock, calendar … it’s nice to have a non-electronic backup for these things. Or you might want a mirror … a small one on a sliding board in front of a personal care kit or a large one that makes the room appear twice as large and brightly lit as it really is. Some headboards show antique wood, wallpaper or other collections. An aquarium or even skis can become part of a headboard.
The only limitation on what you can use as a headboard is what other occupants of the bedroom are happy to endure. A cage for a pet rat could make a student the least desirable roommate in the dormitory.
Shelves and cubes
For an easy storage solution, frame your bed with a custom selection of modular shelves and shelves that will display as many of your collections as you want to display.
Half wall as headboard
Half the wall that doubles as the headboard is the only thing separating the bedroom from the rest of some posh lofts and apartments. A recess in the half-wall or several recesses can be used for storage.
Bed as a storage unit
The storage-friendly bed has a backrest that slides up to reveal one storage unit and a headboard with a hinged panel that exposes another.
Upholstered headboards have been around for a while. If you have one and want to change the look, you can instantly redesign the headboard with fresh fabric. If you are sure that the headboard will never have an “antique” value, here’s how you can staple the fabric.
1. Measure enough fabric to generously cover the front of the headboard and wrap it about 5 inches across the back.
2. Drape fabric over the front of the headboard and secure it with a staple about 3 inches from the top center.
3. Pull the fabric taut and secure it with another staple at the bottom and sides.
4. Baste around each edge of the fabric and stop about 3 inches from each corner.
5. Pull and fold the fabric to get smooth, clean corners, and secure with staples.
Recycling is a cool and inexpensive way to make a unique and stylish headboard. Some popular options that are easily recycled into headboards include:
* Wall or half wall of books
* Remnants of wooden slats
* Leftover wooden floors
* Bamboo or other poles
* An old door
If a door or other recycled headboard doesn’t go well with the bed, consider leaving it offset for a trendy asymmetrical look. Grind and recycle recycled items so they don’t look rough or dirty and become fashionable.
Furniture as a headboard
If you have enough space to open closets, drawers, or even a desk behind the head of the bed, you can use the back of any of these pieces of furniture as a headboard. Cover it with paint, paper, fabric, or fresh wood if the back wall looks ugly.
These large, imposing headboards are best for large, traditional bedrooms. Despite their size and classic appearance, their lines can soften the look of a large bed in a large room.
Area carpet as headboard
Hanging a rug on the wall gives a decorative look and a bit of extra insulation. A normal 5 × 8 ‘rug fits perfectly behind a normal queen-size bed. Indian Dhurrie rugs are ideal for wall display because of their soft, light texture.
Room divider as a headboard
If you find an attractive wall panel screen or want to recycle an unattractive one, you can use it to make an interesting acoustic headboard. You can repaint the frame and re-cover the screen according to the decor in the room.
Recovered “pocket door” as headboard
The door is finished with white paint, wall lights and moldings.
Interchangeable head part of the middle plate
A wooden frame contains a replaceable plywood center plate that can be replaced or re-covered for a variety of looks. Half an inch lengths, quarter round moldings, bamboo, etc. line the front of the frame. Metal straps or more plywood secure the panel from behind.
The center plate can easily be painted to match the walls, wrapped in fabric to match the bedspread or curtains to display cards, newspaper clippings, or other artwork … even decorated by kids! (For this adult look, the middle panel is painted to match the walls and provided with bamboo.)
3D hanging headboard
Command Hanger Strips are the secret to creating your own three-dimensional headboard. Any wall-mounted collection that fits the space can become an original hanging headboard. Boxes, panels and other recyclable items can be “gift wrapped” with your favorite fabrics and mounted on the strips.
For a cozy three-dimensional look, mount a frame on the wall to display a collection of pillows. (And blankets … and cuddly toys …) You get soundproofing, a stylish look, and a neat way to organize all the extras when setting up the bed.
The last word on headboards
After seeing how cheap and easy it can be to create unique, custom, stylish, and even useful headboards for all tastes and budgets, you are sure to think that the perfect headboard is the one of the first things to consider when designing your dream bedroom. You will never be disappointed with this handy headboard decorating guide!