Skip a Headboard and Try These 10 Ideas Instead

No headboard? No problem. Here are 10 creative headboard alternatives you can try in your bedroom right now.

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August 30, 2018

Boho Macrame Panel

Boho lovers will go crazy for this unique, large macrame panel. And as far as we're concerned, no one needs to know that you didn't actually make it yourself. Hang the panel above your bed on a standard curtain rod (a wood one would look great and keep the boho vibes going). You can also pair it with some hanging plants or succulents if you want to go boho to the max.

BUY IT: Urban Outfitters, $89

Twinkly Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are a fun, creative headboard stand-in and these panels are a perfect solution. Buy a few panels for a layered look that really embraces the twinkly light vibes. We love how the sheer curtains look with the light panels, so try adding those to your bedroom to elevate the look. There is a touch-activated switch to turn the light panels on and off, so they're easy to use too.

BUY IT: Pottery Barn Teen, $99

Peel-and-Stick Removable Wallpaper

You can easily create an accent wall in your home with paint, but you can also use removable wallpaper for a similar effect. This stylish peel-and-stick grasscloth, would look fantastico on the wall behind your bed in place of a headboard. Or if you don't want to cover the entire wall, consider using it in a strip behind your bed from floor to ceiling. It's easy to install, and easy to remove (so it's ideal for rentals).

BUY IT: JC Penney, $67.15

A Cool Wall Hanging

This gorgeous, multi-textured wallhanging has a color palette that reminds us of a Greek fishing village on the Mediterranean sea. The cool-meets-warm color story means it will likely work with whatever bedroom palette you are rocking right now. With a fringed edge, and a cool asymmetrical pattern, it really looks like a one-of-a-kind, handmade piece.

BUY IT: Anthropologie, $368

Colorful Beaded Curtain

Hippie love meets Asian zen den with this cool beaded curtain. This red floral pattern will add a pop of color to your bedroom space, while also providing unique texture. Hang it high, up near the ceiling, for an extra dramatic look behind your bed. It also looks lovely hanging in front of a bed, or works great as a room divider.

BUY IT: Urban Outfitters, $49

A Wood Bookshelf

Using a bookcase behind your bed is a creative headboard alternative that also boosts your bedroom's storage. This mid-mod-inspired bookshelf has vintage vibes that we can't get enough of. Style your shelves simply, as you definitely don't want anything heavy to fall off.

BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $999

Fluffy Fur Blanket FTW

This blush and teal faux-fur blanket is super fluffy and super fabulous. Hang it above your bed with small, invisible nails and it will look similar to a sheepskin or Mongolian fur rug (which are also great options). This would also look fab hung either vertically or horizontally depending on what works best for your space, your bed size and ceiling height.

BUY IT: Anthropologie, $128

Mandala Tapestry

Up the spiritual game in your master or guest bedroom with a beautiful tapestry. Who needs a headboard anyway, when you're busy meditating? The mandala is a ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents the universe at large, so the good vibes will be flowing into your space. We also think the cool blue and green colors will leave you feeling mellow and serene.

BUY IT: Macy's, $115

A Shower Curtain. No, That's Not a Typo

Ok, stick with us for a minute: It might seem weird to hang a shower curtain above your bed instead of a headboard, but we think it's kinda brilliant (and super budget friendly!). This simple half-moon design feels fresh and modern while the black-and-white palette will work with any existing color scheme. Use a standard curtain rod for hanging and it will feel like a stylish, graphic art panel.

BUY IT: CB2, $39.95

Carved Room Divider

Here's a beautiful, whitewashed room divider that we think would make an awesome backdrop for your bed instead. With sweet elephants carved into the wood of each panel, we're even more in love with it. Secure the panel to your wall with nails to ensure it's solidly in place, then put your bed directly in front of it.

BUY IT: World Market, $499.99