• 1 If you've got money to spend and are looking for a long-term solution, custom upholstery may be your best option. A professional job should look perfect for a good long time, especially if you splurge on a gorgeous, high-quality fabric as well. But a custom upholstered headboard will be pricey, likely in the $800-1000 range, depending on your fabric choice. If you've got a great upholsterer in your area who will charge less, by all means share with us below! Photo from I Suwannee.
• 2 Antique upholstered headboards, like this one from 1st Dibs, can be the perfect complement to a modern aesthetic. Like any vintage upholstered furniture, however, an old headboard would need to be cleaned well before use, and the cost is high; this one is going for $1,800 from Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques.
• 3 You can always count on Anthropologie when it comes to costly, but beautiful, upholstered furniture. The Lorraine Ikat headboard, with its rich colors and classic curves, is lovely, but a definite splurge at $1,998 for a queen.
• 4 The Annie Selke collection for Vanguard Furniture is drool-worthy all around, but we love this particular headboard most of all. Its slightly strange Victorian shape and subtle paisley print almost make it worth the $1,815 price tag. Or maybe not.
• 5 Heading down to the low end now... we love this adorable yellow and white confection from Urban Outfitters. The Emilio Lemondrop headboard, at only $428, seems like a steal, though it only comes in full/queen.
• 6 and 7 Two striped versions, the first from Ikea ($199), and the second from DwellStudio for Target ($299.99), are relatively inexpensive and cute if you don't want or need your headboard to last forever.
• 8 Target also carries a selection of slipcovers for a basic upholstered headboard. The slipcovers come in lots of nice bold prints and cost from $69.99-$99.99, while the headboard itself goes for $129.99-$199.99. This might be a fun way to change up your bedroom look for the seasons.
• 9 Grace's upholstered headboard tutorial on Design*Sponge is so detailed and encouraging that we're starting to think a DIY headboard is in our future. She's got a step-by-step video of herself making the headboard, a complete set of instructions, and even a template you can print out and bring to a carpenter.
• 10 Jenny on Little Green Notebook also did some amazing upholstering recently; if you've got an existing upholstered headboard to work with, she shows you how to re-do the job yourself. Her daughters' twin beds turned out just beautifully, and as always, her step-by-step photos are incredibly helpful.