10 Alternative Headboard Ideas You Might Not Have Thought Of

10 Alternative Headboard Ideas You Might Not Have Thought Of

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Melissa DiRenzo
Mar 30, 2018
(Image credit: Hotel Henriette)

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 stylish ideas instead.

Above: Paris' Hotel Henriette has a super chic and affordable option to steal for yourself. All you need is a striking paint color, a brush and some tape to square off your shape, and you've got yourself a "headboard" for around $30!

(Image credit: Plastolux)

As seen on Plastolux, when your room has this much architectural character (those enormous baseboards! those moldings!), you can get away with keeping your bed low and hanging a large statement art piece right above.

(Image credit: House & Home)
House & Home shows you how easy it is to turn a rug into a "headboard" (spoiler alert: it's just nailing your rug of choice to the wall!).
(Image credit: Apartment 34)

Does your room already have some wainscoting? Don't cover it up with a bulky headboard; instead, just use it as a backdrop to your bed, as seen in this room featured on Apartment 34.

(Image credit: Vtwonen)

Create an architectural feature with a ledge full of art, spotted on Vtwonen (in Dutch), though we'd be remiss to say anyone in an earthquake-prone area should take some caution if trying out this look.

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Create a focal point above your bed with a floating shelf featuring some of your favorite art pieces. Another idea to borrow from this bedroom via My Scandinavian Home? using clip-on sconces over table lamps frees up space on your nightstand.

Folding screens are great multi-purpose items that can easily be found at second-hand stores for budget warriors. Here, Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow uses a rattan folding screen as a headboard to extend the room's boho vibes.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Turn the wall behind your bed into a huge focal point with a mural or wallpaper, seen on Design Sponge.

(Image credit: Dust Jacket Attic)

A strategically placed built-in shelf holds your pretty collection, as seen in this bedroom spotted on Dust Jacket Attic.

(Image credit: Style and Create)

For the minimalist who also happens to love art, why not try a simple black and white gallery wall, as seen on Style and Create.

(Image credit: Dust Jacket Attic)

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