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 Shutter Headboard
If you happen to be replacing your shutters and you need a new headboard, don’t throw those old shutters away. Recycle them into this beautiful and rustic headboard with just a few minutes of work. You literally just have to paint them whatever color you want and then use screws to attach them to the wall at the head of your bed. You can easily have this new headboard built by bedtime and if you have old shutters anyway, this one won’t cost you a single dime. Plus, it’s a beautiful idea that will make your entire bedroom seem a little bit country and a lot of relaxing.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Adorbymelissa
Antique Window Headboard
Imagine having beautiful windows right behind your head while you sleep at night. Now imagine that no one could possibly be peeking through those windows. This amazing antique window headboard not only looks great, it costs very little to nothing depending on the supplies that you have on hand. You just mark off where you want the windows and then attach picture hangers to the backs for hanging. You can likely find old windows at garage sales or flea markets for just a couple of bucks each. Make sure that there is no broken or cracked glass before you hang them above your head, though.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Lizmarieblog
Elegant Fabric Headboard
Covering a headboard in fabric is an easy way to make the bedroom look completely different. While there are several DIY headboards out there that involve fabric, this particular one is so elegant and lovely that it had to make the list. If you are going for an elegant look, this fabric with a darker print is a great choice. You just have to attach batting to a piece of plywood and then cover with fabric. What you use for the sides or embellishments is completely up to you. This is a really easy way to get a nice fabric covered headboard that will add a little elegance to any bedroom.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Lovepalmy
Lattice Look Headboard
This headboard isn’t actually made from lattice but it does look like it. You can make this one for less than $80 depending on what you have on hand. You will need strips of wood that you will lay in a lattice design and then attach them all together. Once you have them finished, just paint or stain any color you want. You’ll attach the headboard to the wall above the bed instead of actually on the bed. It’s a really neat and easy project and one that won’t cost a fortune – although it may look like it did.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Littlebitfunky
DIY Ruffled Headboard
This beautiful ruffled headboard will cost you less than $30. If you love to sew, this is the perfect project and what’s really great is you can make the entire thing in just a couple of hours. Now, this is not a solid headboard like those made out of wood. Instead, it’s a beautiful ruffled curtain that you hang at the head of the bed. It gives it a great “there’s a window here” look so it’s perfect for rooms that really don’t have enough windows. What makes it perfect is how easy it is to make and of course, the fact that you can make it for less than $30 and that’s if you have to buy all of the materials.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Homemakeronadime
Salvaged Barn Wood Headboard
Oh, the things you can do with someone’s old barn. You know what they say. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure and this barn wood headboard is certainly something to be treasured. You need barn wood of course and the great thing is that you can probably get it for free from someone who is tearing down their barn. Once you have the wood, you just place the pieces where you want them, cut and then stain (if you want). You can also just leave it plain and have a beautiful rustic headboard. There are a few other steps involved but you can definitely make this before bedtime and for much less money than buying a new one.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Designsponge
DIY Book Headboard
If you are a bookworm, this is the perfect headboard. Not only is it really easy and cheap, it’s great for those who just love books and anyone who may have a few lying around the house. If you absolutely cannot fathom turning your own books into a headboard, head out to garage sales and flea markets and buy some old books. They don’t even have to be in great shape. All you have to do is choose your books and nail them to plywood. You will need to measure your mattress height and select the spots where your books will open but aside from that, there’s very little work involved.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Designeverydayblog
Framed Tufted Headboard
From an old dresser mirror, you can create a great framed tufted headboard and have it completed in just a couple of hours. You may be able to find an old dresser mirror (minus the mirror part) at a thrift store or flea market for just a couple of dollars. When you get it home, just paint, add the fabric tufted section and you’re good to go. This is a great way to recycle an old broken dresser mirror without actually having to throw it out. Plus, you get a beautiful new headboard. Depending on the size of the mirror, you may find that this is more suitable for a twin bed.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Makeit-loveit
Quilted Fabric Headboard
This headboard looks like a quilt thanks to the smaller sections that are built one at a time. Don’t worry though, it still won’t take long to make it and if you have some extra fabric on hand that you want to use, it won’t cost much either. You need small squares of wood that you will cover with batting and fabric. Once you have them all covered (the number depends on the size of your headboard) you just attach them to a base and then attach the base to the wall. Easy and again, if you have fabric on hand and a few sheets of plywood, it won’t cost anything.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Allthingsthrifty
Pool Noodle Headboard
We thought this was the most adorable headboard of all. It’s colorful and bright and perfectly safe for little ones who may love bouncing on the bed. It’s made completely of pool noodles which are about a buck at the Dollar Store so it’s really cheap. You’ll want to draw out a template so that you know what size to make the headboard and where to cut your noodles. Then, just attach them to each other and to the wall. This is such an adorable little project and one that kids will absolutely love. Let them pick out their own noodle colors and they’ll love it even more.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Spoonful