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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this photo from El Ramla Hamra, oversized serving platters, mounted to the wall, serve as a headboard. Unconventional, yes, but also very beautiful.
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.
If you prefer pattern to paint, trying making a "headboard" with wallpaper, as seen in this photo from Alvhem Makleri.
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.
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.
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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