How to Use a DIY Headboard to Remake your Room

You can use bookshelves, artwork, pillows, old doors, just about anything to create a cool, one-of-a-kind headboard as seen on HGTV.

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October 21, 2016

Photo By: Jo Torrijos

Photo By: Jo Torrijos

Photo By: Jo Torrijos

Photo By: Jo Torrijos

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Photo By: Christopher Oquendo

Photo By: Christopher Oquendo

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Photo By: Yuni Min

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Photo By: Jo Torrijos

Photo By: Jo Torrijos

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A Bookcase Headboard

Turn a bookcase into a headboard. A wide bookcase like this is the perfect size to go behind a full-sized bed. “There's just enough room to access storage on either side,” says Atlanta DIYer and stylist Jo Torrijos, who blogs at A Simpler Design.

Chalk Paint Cover-up

While trying to complete a quick design, Atlanta DIYer Jo Torrijos revamped an old black bookcase by painting its top, sides and front edging only to save time. She used Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue chalk paint to contrast with the dark paint on the inside of the bookcase.

New Spot in the Room

The freebie bookcase from a friend was functional and perfect for a DIY redo. Jo Torrijos simply moved the bed in front of the bookcase, but it still needed some comfort in its new role as a headboard.

Adding Comfort

Pillows provide a soft buffer between you and a bookcase headboard. They can also introduce pattern and color. “With the addition of an extra long body pillow, it softened the surface nicely,” says Jo Torrijos, an Atlanta DIY blogger and stylist. “Plus, if you're anything like me, you'll have at least half a dozen pillows on your bed to create a cushioned oasis.” 

Sleigh Bed Redo

When couples combine furniture, sometimes major pieces, like a bed, need to be freshened up. Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who blogs about home decor and DIY projects, transformed a queen cherry sleigh bed that belonged to her husband, Josh, with upholstery. She used a cheap drop cloth and a roll of brass decorative nails. “I love the look of the drop-cloth, a beautiful natural color with subtle texture, and the nailheads bring the added style that helps to tie it to the rest of our room.”

Drop Cloth DIY

For her DIY headboard project, Atlanta homeowner Amanda Macy Hall and her husband, Josh, cut a piece of medium-thick foam and adhered it to their existing cherry wood headboard using spray glue. Once the glue set, they sprayed the front of the foam with the glue and wrapped the headboard with the large pre-washed drop cloth. They pulled it tight and created crisp corners, like when wrapping a gift. Using super strong fabric glue held the corners and seams in place, she says. “This was an incredibly inexpensive project that was quick and easy,” she says. 

Thrifty Headboard

Although DIYer Dena Stormer used new materials for this headboard, the way she finished it gives it a vintage, thrifted aesthetic. She used wood panels to create the 6-foot-by-4-foot headboard that’s massive enough to fit her king-sized bed. For an extra touch, she added 1-by-2s to the edges.

Vintage Vibe

For a distressed finish, DIYer Dena Stormer painted her wood headboard a semi-gloss white and sanded it. The pillows and pillow shams were also DIYed.

Primed for a Redo

Before, the room was reminiscent of a college dorm room. “The bed is over 13 years old,” says Yuni Min, a DIY blogger in metro Atlanta who bought the bed at a chain store when she was first married. By painting the bed and walls, rearranging furniture and adding a few tasteful finds from garage sales and discount home decor stores, Min dramatically transformed the space into an elegant bedroom.

Power of Paint

In this after photo, DIY blogger Yuni Min shows how you can totally remake your room without breaking the bank, simply by painting and refinishing. “If you’re on a budget, try some simple DIY changes with paint, and it can really update the furniture completely,” says Min, who blogs at Love Your Abode. Min used Sherwin-Williams Pure White for the bed and updated the rest of the furniture with Velvet Finishes paint by Kellie Smith, gold spray paint and gold Rub-n-Buff wax metallic finish.

Rustic Chic

Go cabin chic with this rustic custom headboard project. The DIY design assembles thin 1-by-3-inch strips of pine wood in a chevron pattern to create a woodsy focal point for your sleep space.

Mod Nook

Headboards don’t have to be hard or uncomfortable, and for smaller spaces, it’s sometimes better not to have a formal one at all. “For small spaces or studios, I like placing a bed in a corner and using lots of throw pillows as a ‘headboard’ so the bed can act as both a lounge/sofa alternative and as a bed for guests,” says Atlanta design blogger Jo Torrijos.

Patterned Buffer

Buy pillows to match the color of your walls and mix them with other accent and patterned pillows with that color to create a unique and comfortable design you won’t want to leave. “It's unbelievably comfortable, and I spend a lot of time reading and listening to music in this spot,” says Jo Torrijos, an Atlanta design blogger.

Repurposed Doors

To create a unique headboard, Karen Cooper, an Atlanta DIY blogger, cut two old wooden doors to fit the size of a daybed in her guest bedroom.

Seeing the Potential

After cutting and cleaning two old wooden doors to fashion a one-of-a-kind headboard, Karen Cooper, a DIY blogger from Atlanta, painted the headboard in DecoArt New Life chalky finish paint.

The Reveal

A unique headboard made from two old wooden doors accentuates the lines within this bedroom’s design and creates a stylish corner for a space-saving daybed. The green color (New Life by DecoArt) selected by DIYer Karen Cooper draws attention to the headboard and contrasts with the blue wall without overwhelming the eye. 

Beautiful Burlap

A burlap canopy and bed hanging evokes casual countryside style and enhances a new four-poster bed. Susan Sully, author of Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques, which features the home of architect Norman Askins, says accessories like the brass candlestick and hurricane lamp are inexpensive and intensify the style of the room.

Artistic Touch

An oversized abstract painting can serve as an artistic headboard. It’s a trick that is particularly effective in a room like this one, which has a detailed feature wall with trim, says Kristen Yonson, co-founder of SwatchPop.

Storage and Headboard in One

For a twist on a bookcase headboard, try a storage headboard. The vertical DIY project is a creative idea with a commanding presence in a bedroom.

From Dining Room to Bedroom

Steal from elsewhere in your home. Atlanta DIYer and stylist Jo Torrijos used a cotton striped tablecloth to recover a headboard that was once a colorful chevron pattern. The result is a beach-inspired guest bedroom.

Embellished Wall

Karen Cooper, a DIY blogger from Atlanta, used a stencil to create a simple, but elegant vertical design behind this basic headboard without spending a lot of money. The darker shade of the design pops against the light background on the wall without competing with the patterned pillows on the bed. 

Rustic, Rounded Headboard

A DIY headboard with a rounded top can get you ahead of the curve with your bedroom aesthetic. Poplar boards are used for this project, and Ebony wood stain gives it a rustic style.

Repurpose Bedding

Comforters and quilts can work in all parts of a bed. Rachel Greathouse, a metro Atlanta designer, used an old plaid, patchwork-style comforter to cover the headboard for her son’s navy and white room.

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