10 Alternatives to a Traditional Headboard

10 Alternatives to a Traditional Headboard

Melissa DiRenzo
Mar 14, 2017

When you're decorating your bedroom, it just comes naturally to add a headboard to your wish list, right? Why not explore what your room could look like without a headboard? Whether you're renting, on a budget, or just want something a little less conventional, you can pass on the headboard purchase and try one of these ten stylish ideas instead.


  1. Hang a large statement piece of art right above the bed, as seen on Plastolux.
  2. Shelves to hold your favorite books and pieces of art, spotted on Nordic Design.
  3. Use wainscoting instead of a headboard, featured on Apartment 34.
  4. Frame your bed between curtains like this look from Urban Outfitters.
  5. Create an architectural feature with a ledge full of art, spotted on Vtwonen (in Dutch).


  1. Hang a photo ledge to hold some of your favorite pieces, seen on Alvhem (in Swedish).
  2. Turn the wall behind your bed into a huge focal point with a mural or wallpaper, seen on Design Sponge.
  3. A strategically placed built-in shelf to hold your pretty collection, spotted on Dust Jacket Attic.
  4. Place your bed under a window to anchor it like this room photographed by Derek Swalwell.
  5. A simple black & white gallery wall, featured on Style and Create.

Re-edited from a post originally published 3.8.15-NT

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