Before & After: A New Headboard Makes the Bedroom

For every home I've lived in, there has always been a room that steadfastly defies decoration, opting instead to act as repository for odds and ends and lack of style. Up until a couple of weeks ago, that room was our bedroom. But thanks to a fortuitous score while photographing a recent house tour the space is finally good for more than jumping on the bed.

Jeremy & Joe's IKEA Mandal headboard hack was great for their rental space where they didn't want to damage the walls, and also meant it was easy to disassemble for their recent move across the country — and sell to an admiring Apartment Therapy contributor.

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After! The headboard lends some character to our formerly blah bedroom.

I opted to keep the headboard simple with just two shelves on either side, so it would become a dramatic accent wall without overwhelming our tiny bedroom. A pair of task lamps from Pottery Barn Teen add some industrial style to the wall.

Images: Sarah Rainwater