10 Unusual Things to Use as a Headboard

10 Unusual Things to Use as a Headboard

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Nancy Mitchell
May 9, 2015
(Image credit: Kara Rosenlund)

The headboard and footboard used to be integral parts of any bed, essential to holding the whole setup together. But the way we make beds has changed a bit, and now, if you think about it, the 'headboard' is more of an idea than a piece of furniture. It doesn't necessarily have to be a board or even part of the bed: anything that says, 'hey, this is where the bed ends' will do. So why not get a little creative? Here are 10 unusual things you could use to make an impact at the head of your bed.

Above: Antique windows (with the glass removed!) as a headboard in the home of Kara Rosenlund.

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Giant copper platters? Sure, why not? They're unusual, but certainly striking. Spotted on El Ramla Hamra.

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I love the idea of an oversized pieces of art in place of a headboard, as seen in this home from Domino.

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A big tapestry does the trick, and adds a little softness to a bedroom. From Homelife.

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This giant sisal rug makes an especially striking 'headboard' because it's round. From Eco Chic.

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Try an oversized mirror in place of a headboard, as spotted on Bo Bedre.

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Pressed tin ceiling tiles make an attractive headboard, and a nice cool place to rest your head when you're reading right before falling asleep. This example is from Michael and Anna's Chicago loft.

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A patterned blanket or rug is easy to hang and makes a bold statement, as seen in Chris and Jenny's Williamsburg home.

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From SF Girl by Bay, possibly the weirdest idea on here (and the most comfortable): giant pillows (at least, they look like pillows?) suspended from a copper bar. Soft and also striking.

For the very lazy or the very budget-conscious (or just those who love the simplicity of the look), a painted square at the head of the bed makes a lovely headboard. From Alexandra Angle Interior Design.

And check out this post for even more painted headboard ideas.

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