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7 Creative Ideas for a Headboard You Wouldn’t Expect


Headboards are part of the focal point of any bedroom. If you want to get creative with yours, try one of these fun DIY headboard ideas! The bed is the focal point of a bedroom and the headboard can make or break the entire look. There are a lot of options on the market for headboards, but what if you want something a little different? If you want to make a statement in your bedroom and go with something unique – not to mention budget-friendly – read on.

Thinking outside the box when it comes to your headboard is a great way to put a fresh spin on your bedroom décor. There are some creative, fun ideas that will elevate the style of your entire bedroom with this one simple element.

Here are 7 of our favorite creative headboard ideas that are quick, easy, and affordable to implement.

Creative Headboard Ideas


Doors are some of the best alternatives for a headboard because of their size and height. A couple of vintage doors, barn doors, or screen doors bring a ton of character to a bedroom. The best part, besides their versatility, is how budget-friendly they are. You could even go with a more polished look by painting them in a high gloss paint and still spend a fraction of the price of a regular headboard.


Screens also look really cool behind a bed. Whether you lay them flat or fan them out, they add some nice dimension to the space. They come in a variety of styles, from slatted ones to ones with stunning illustrations on them. You can find them for sale through various online retailers or you can hunt them down at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales.


Curtains provide a very luxurious look to a bed as a headboard and soften the walls. Of course, the options for curtains are endless, so you can make as much or as little of a statement with them as you wish.

Distressed wood panels

If you like DIY projects, you can create some very cool headboards with distressed wood panels. You can stain them or paint them, add detail, and completely make them your own.

Fireplace mantel

A fireplace mantel offers a very charming, elegant look to a bedroom. Fill in the center with a piece of plywood or fabric, depending on the look you want to capture.

Tapestry or artwork

For an eye-catching headboard, hang a tapestry or large piece of artwork behind the bed. It will definitely serve up a “wow” factor.

Oversized mirror

An oversized mirror looks luxurious and glamorous behind a bed. If the bedroom is small, you get the bonus of reflecting light and making the space feel larger.

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