No Headboard, No Problem: 11 Other Ideas for Framing a Bed

No Headboard, No Problem: 11 Other Ideas for Framing a Bed

Nancy Mitchell
Sep 25, 2017
(Image credit: Cote Maison)

A headboard is a feature that can really elevate the look of a bedroom. It gives the bed a little extra presence, and adds a focal point to the whole room. The downside of buying a headboard is that they can be quite expensive. For those who are decorating on a budget, or who just want to try something a little off the beaten path, here are 11 headboard alternatives to give your bed that finished look.

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One of my favorite headboard alternatives is hanging a rug (or a blanket, or other textile) behind the bed, as seen in this photo from Project Bly, via Popsugar. This helps to define the bed, and is also a great way to add color and texture to your space.

(Image credit: Lonny)

Another option for a textile headboard is a macrame wall hanging. This is perfect for a casual, bohemian look, as seen in this bedroom from Lonny.

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One quick way to create a big impact in your bedroom is by painting a headboard, as seen in this photo from Mille M2. It's a great way to define the bed, and doesn't take up any space at all.

(Image credit: Cote Maison)

Here's a little twist on the look, from Cote Maison. Sure, painting a giant circle behind your bed is a lot more work than painting a rectangle, but it's definitely an eye-catching look.

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Or try a circular rug, as seen in this bedroom from Eco Chic, via Apartment Therapy.

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In this photo from El Ramla Hamra, oversized serving platters, mounted to the wall, serve as a headboard. Unconventional, yes, but also very beautiful.

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If you look closely you'll notice that the bed in this bedroom from Femina actually does have a headboard, but that doesn't mean this gallery wall, with the painted backdrop behind, wouldn't work equally well as a defining element for a bed without a headboard.

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If you prefer pattern to paint, trying making a "headboard" with wallpaper, as seen in this photo from Alvhem Makleri.

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In her San Francisco studio, Ashley came up with a solution that would both create a frame for her bed and add much-needed storage: placing bookcases behind the bed.

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I know that pallets get a bit of a bad rap around here, having been pretty oversaturated in the DIY world a few years back, but it's hard to deny the appeal of this pallet headboard from Urban Outfitters, via New Stories, covered in cameras and tiny succulents.

(Image credit: Planete Deco)

This bedroom from Planete Deco makes use of a door as a headboard. This is a little bit of a bigger deal than some of the others, since you don't want a door falling on you in the middle of the night, but BHG has a great tutorial for mounting a headboard like this to the wall.

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