High, Low, and DIY: Bold-Print Upholstered Headboards

High, Low, and DIY: Bold-Print Upholstered Headboards

Susie Nadler
Sep 22, 2009

Our bed has gone naked for far too long, and it's time for some kind of a headboard, preferably a cushy one to lean against for reading. With our simple bedding, a headboard upholstered in a bold print should work beautifully. Of course, there are many different routes to consider, from custom artisan upholstery to a DIY project...

Looking for a beautiful, good quality upholstered headboard is challenging only in that there are so many varied options. Here are some favorites we found, on both ends of the budget spectrum, as well as a couple of great DIY tutorials...


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.

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