How do you make a bed more than just a horizontal sleeping surface? Add a headboard. But if funds are low and creative expectations are high, not just any headboard will do. If you were MacGyver, you could fashion one out of paper towel rolls and raw spaghetti in ten minutes flat. Although MacGyver was a whiz with a Swiss Army knife, he was not known for his decorating smarts. Apartment Therapy to the rescue! We have pulled together our best ideas for improvising headboards using found objects, crafting skills and ingenuity (no secret agents required).
Find it and use it as a headboard:
1. Tin ceiling tiles are an easy and unexpected solution for incorporating metallics in a bedroom.
2. The drama of an oversized mirror can't be understated. . .pure glamor.
3. We loved the full wall chalkboard headboard in 500 Days of Summer, but the same concept can be applied with a framed vintage version.
Make it or fake it for a headboard:
4. We love the impact of an enlarged painting or photograph grounding the bed in an otherwise stark, gallery white room.
5. This headboard made from a vintage stereo cabinet is a clever way to use a cast-off.
6. Turn a shabby old mantel into a chic headboard by upholstering it with the help of this "how to".
7. There are so many wonderful wallpapers that could be overkill for an entire room, but just right for an accent headboard. Paper can be hung in panels, cut to shape or framed with trim.
8. We adore the cheeky simplicity of this embroidered "ironwork" upholstered bed. . . so charming.
9. Never underestimate the power of the paintbrush. We have seen many fantastic painted-on headboards including this one done in a raw linen texture.
10. Finally, a headboard created from electrical tape is a stroke of genius that would make even MacGyver proud.
Got more brilliant ideas for impressive headboards? Have you improvised a headboard or other piece of bedroom furniture with great success?