Your bedroom should be your safe haven – a place for you to relax, unwind and get a great night’s sleep. Sometimes that means a new mattress and sometimes, it just comes down to having a great headboard.
Instead of heading out to the furniture store to buy a new headboard, you can make one yourself. We’ve got a great collection of 40 DIY headboards and some of them are so easy that you can have them finished by bedtime.
The best part is that most of these are really inexpensive and some can be made from things that you have just lying around the house.
Imagine a great new bedroom after just a couple of hours and with no money out of pocket! Actually, don’t just imagine it. Look through our great collection and make one of these headboards for yourself. We’ve got something in here for everyone and even a few for the kids. Get ready for the dreamiest of all bedrooms when you make these DIY headboards.
Old Door Headboard
An old salvaged door makes a beautiful headboard and while other wooden headboards may run you hundreds of dollars, you can create this great DIY version for about 25 bucks. You will need to saw the door down to the size you need and then add some chair rail molding and a little paint and you end up with a beautiful wooden headboard that is completely customizable. What’s so great is that you can make this one in less than a day and you can paint it to perfectly match the other furnishings in your room. Plus, it’s really cheap so that’s a great point, too.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Countryliving
Cedar Fence Picket Headboard
Cedar fence is a great material for making a headboard. Even if you don’t have any fencing on hand, you can make this beautiful headboard for about $25 depending on where you purchase the cedar pickets. You will also want to choose a stain color or just sheer coat it if you love the look of cedar. You will need to sand it down quite a bit because these are rough cedar fence pickets and you certainly don’t want to be getting splinters in bed. Overall, this is a really easy headboard to make and for less than $30, you just can’t beat the price. It’s also beautiful and makes a very bold statement.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Addicted2decorating
Upholstered Headboard with Nail Head Trim
For an absolutely elegant and bold statement, this upholstered headboard is a must. As complicated and sophisticated as it looks, it really is an easy headboard to create. You will need a few supplies like plywood, fabric, nail head trim and a few tools but once you get started, you will see how really simple it is to create a fantastic headboard that looks like you paid a fortune for it. You can use whatever fabric you want although this one does give it a really elegant and classy look. If you get started now, you may just be finished by bedtime.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Hgtv
DIY Tufted Headboard
For less than $100, you can create a beautiful tufted headboard that is soft and shaped however you want. You will need to choose your shape first and then make sure that you have fabric and some foam on hand to create the headboard. You’ll cut the shape out of plywood and then cover that with foam (like from an eggshell mattress cover) and then cover again with fabric. The embellishments are completely up to you and the best part is that even without any of the supplies, this one will cost less than $100. If you have a few things on hand, we’re betting you can make it for less than $50.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Thriftydecorchick
Rustic Pallet Headboard
Pallets are often given away at home improvement stores, lumber yards or even flea markets and you can use those free pallets to create a beautiful rustic looking headboard. The number of pallets you need actually depends on the shape of the pallets that you use. You should expect to have a few mishaps if you are using older pallets so have at least two on hand when you begin. You will also need 2X4s for framing, nuts and bolts to hold it all together and your stain of choice. All in all, you should be able to build this for less than $20.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ricedesignblog
Monogrammed Fabric Headboard
A wooden base, some material left over from other projects and a little creativity will allow you to build this gorgeous monogrammed headboard. You simply have to cover the wood base with fabric and staple it down. Then just add your monogram in whatever material you want. You could also paint it on with fabric paint. Be sure to print off the monogram from your computer to use as a template (it’s cheaper than buying stencils) and then apply it however you choose. This is a really beautiful headboard that is customized to make it extra-special.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Heavenstobetsyblog
Mantel Moulding Headboard
This mantel headboard was inspired by Pottery Barn’s Addison Headboard. Instead of buying it however, you can just make it yourself. It features loads of moulding which makes it very elegant and you can paint or stain it whatever color you want to match the rest of your bedroom décor. The best part is you can make this for about 1/5 of the price of Pottery Barn’s version and if you happen to have some moulding left over from home improvement projects, you can make it for nothing. Even if you have to buy the materials, you are still getting away loads cheaper than buying.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ana-white
Buttoned Down Headboard
This DIY headboard is lovely with buttons to match the fabric cover but what makes it really special are the two sides that turn into the bed just a tad. It’s unique and really easy to make. All you need is some plywood, your fabric of choice and some rather large buttons to match. You’ll want something under the fabric to make it extra cushiony. The design makes it look like a daybed or couch, which is really neat. You just cover and tack or staple into place and you can cut the plywood for any size so it doesn’t matter what size your bed is, you can make this headboard for it.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Sarahmdorseydesigns
Faux Tiled Headboard
If you want a headboard that is cheap, easy to make and really unique, this faux tile headboard fits the bill. The neat thing is that these tiles are foam and they cost less than $5 in many online stores. You just mount them with mounting tape and you can paint them whatever color you want. If you are looking for a great metal tile look, just spray them with spray paint that will give them a great hammered metal look. White looks beautiful and the best thing is (aside from how cheap and easy it is to create, that is) they are foam so they’re really comfortable. You know, in case you bang your head on them.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Sweetcsdesigns
Painted Floral Headboard
If you already have a plain wooden headboard and you just want to dress it up a little, painting it is an excellent idea. You will need to sand it first to ensure that it’s nice and smooth and then add a water base sealer. Paint whatever you like on it but we think that these florals are absolutely breathtaking and this would be a great project for a spare bedroom. Imagine how great your visitors will feel when they wake up on this bed every morning. Just grab some stencils or freehand it, however you want to go.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Bhg