101 Headboard Ideas That Will Redefine Your Bedroom Space

Headboard ideas should be taken seriously. As a furniture decor item, a headboard is a commitment. A headboard is more of a relationship than a mere household decor item. When you think about it in that context, it’s the only decor item you sleep with at home.  

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Although headboards are optional, when you have one, you feel secure when you sleep in your bed. There are many headboard designs and styles, which makes choosing the right one a bit challenging. However, when you find a headboard that’s right for you and your bedroom, you’ll realize the search was worth it.

We didn’t want leave anything out, which explains our all-encompassing list of headboards. Once you get going, you’ll understand why it would have been wrong to make a standard Top 10 list. That would have been a disservice to the art of the headboard. 

So, buckle up and prepare for a journey through the world of headboard designs. When it’s over, you’ll have enough knowledge to make a decision on which headboard is right for you.  

Best Headboard Ideas For 2022

We thought it would help if we showed you various headboard styles and what makes them unique. We’ll also provide you with extra information on the materials used to make headboards. 

Wingback Headboard Ideas

Winged headboards are upholstered headboards featuring two “wings” on the upper left and right hand corners of the headboard and wrap around the top corners of the bed. Wingback headboards come in many varieties and styles.

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Among bedroom decor, it doesn’t get more traditional than a wingback headboard. You can use soft colors or go with a bold color.

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The arched wingback headboard adds an extra layer of flair to the bedroom’s design.

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Rockport Gray provides the backdrop for this dark velvet wingback headboard.

Tufted Wingback Headboard Ideas

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The tufted wingback headboard is the most elegant of all headboard styles. 

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A tufted wingback headboard can match the color of your walls, or use the headboard as a color accent. 

Curved Wingback Tufted Headboard

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A curved wingback headboard is ideal for a small room. The tall headboard makes the room look bigger.

Tall Tufted Wingback Headboard

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This example illustrates how a tall tufted wingback headboard with foam padding can be an attention grabbing bedroom decor item. The headboard is a statement and focal point of the room. 

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Simple yet elegant. This wingback headboards makes them classic decor pieces. A wingback headboard is a good fit for a  small room. 

Tufted Headboard Ideas

Not to be confused with wingback headboards, tufted headboards are similar but without wings on either side.

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The tufted style is san attention grabbing decor element. When you choose a bold color, it’s a good idea if your room features other similiar bold colors.

Velvet Headboard

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Large Tufted Headboard

 

 

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Make a statement in different ways.

A tall headboard can be the focal point of your bedroom. 

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Headboards offer vintage appeal. They’re popular in both traditional and modern bedrooms. 

Bold Color Headboard

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This example reveals how a headboard can function as color accent. You can choose a neutral color or a color that clashes with your bedroom. Either way, the headboard will be the focal point of your bedroom. and welcoming mood with a tufted headboard in a warm colors

Chic Headboard Idea

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A headboard allows you to be as stylish as you want. It might be the most versatile home decor item on the market today.

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The tufted headboard is popular as it combines comfort with style. It’s elegant and has a nice and cozy look, perfect for your bedroom. 

Standard Wingback Headboard

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Classical and elegant, wingback headboards are popular in large bedrooms. Although they always carry a dose of classicism in them. Seen in traditional bedrooms, these headboards have an imposing design that’s also delicate thanks to the soft lines.

Reclaimed Wood Headboard Ideas

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The shape and size of the headboard are also determined by you since you’re building the thin
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Reclaimed wood headboards are really easy to make and very versatile
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You can also customize your reclaimed wood headboard with shelves
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Or add sconces to the headboard and pick the ideal height and angle

Wood Pallet Headboard Ideas

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For a rustic, worn look, you can reuse the original nails or use old ones instead of new ones

 

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Make the headboard big enough to reach the ceiling to make a statement

 

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Add a reclaimed wood headboard to a bedroom decorated with cool colors

 

 

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Mix and match different pieces of wood from various locations and projects

 

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Or attach the boards to the wall for an interesting visual effect

Wood Headboard With Lights

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Instead of sconces, decorate with Christmas lights for a funky look

Wooden pallets are popular because they add warmth to the room thanks to the material’s natural qualities. A wooden pallet can be made from reclaimed pieces if you want to add character to the design or to preserve the story behind the material or it can be made from pallets, efficient and very cheap. Such headboards can add a rustic or vintage touch to the room and they’re also great for contemporary decors.

DIY Headboard Ideas

If it offers support for your bed, then it can be a headboard. 

Old Books

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And if you do have old unused books, stack them for an original look
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An interesting idea is to open them and display them on the wall in this way

If you prefer a more unusual type of design for your headboard, you could try using unconventional materials. For example, maybe you have a bunch of old books you no longer need. You can stack them and create a complex structure to use as a headboard. Of course, it would be simply decorative. You could also opt for a large bookcase or you can attach open books to a wooden board.

DIY Headboard Wall Design

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Instead of an actual headboard you can draw a  virtual one.

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You can simply paint a rectangle on the wall and that will be your headboard

 

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Pick a color that suits the room. Given the positioning of the wall, you can use strong colors

 

 

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Feel free to come up with your own design, trim, and shape

 

 

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If you’re not confident you can freehand a design, use a stencil

 

 

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You can even pick a style for your painted headboard

 

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In most cases, the headboard is nothing more than just a purely decorative element. This eliminates its functional side and only leaves the visual impact. As a result, you could try painting your headboard onto the wall. It will simply be an illusion of having a headboard without wasting space with a real one.

Headboard Illustration Ideas

In the following examples, you’ll discover that you don’t need an actual headboard 

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Similarly to painted headboards, these ones are really easy to add to a room

 

 

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There are numerous different designs and styles to choose from

 

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Some are classical while others are visually intriguing

 

 

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You can choose to make a statement with your decal headboard through color

 

 

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Or you can personalize it with your initials or monogram

 

 

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Another option is to pick a pattern that you like and go with it

 

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A simple-looking headboard can use color or small details to stand out
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And there are tons of cute ideas for the kids’ bedrooms as well
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Want something classy and simple? How about a black and white chevron pattern?

A similar idea would be to opt for a decal instead. You simply adhere it to the wall and there’s your headboard. It’s the image that counts in this case and not any of the other features that come with an actual headboard. When you choose a decal you can also think out of the box and opt for a more unusual design.

Chalkboard headboards.

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The great thing about chalkboard headboards is that they stimulate creativity
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In addition, they’re really versatile, fun for both kids and adults
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And you can modify it and redesign it how often you wish
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You can also add other elements to it, such as an actual frame
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Or a playful detail kids can pick themselves
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You don’t necessarily have to draw on write anything on it
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Although it’s really hard to resist the temptation

Chalkboard headboards can be very fun because they allow you to personalize them as you want. You get to write funny or inspirational messages on them or you can paint all sorts of designs on them. They can be a very nice choice for the children’s room. Instead of an actual headboard you could also just apply a few coats of chalkboard paint to the wall.

Mirror Headboard Ideas

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A mirrored headboard is useful for making a small bedroom seem larger
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You can add mirrors to an existing frame and turn this into a DIY project
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Such a headboard can also make a bedroom look glamorous
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A tall headboard can also make your ceiling seem higher

Mirror headboards are very interesting. They can be very fancy and they add elegance to the room, not to mention that they can make the room seem more spacious. In addition, they give you the possibility to choose a very interesting frame. Of course, I don’t even have to tell you how fun they can be for couples in their private time.

Old Door Headboard Ideas

We we said you could use anything for a headboard, we weren’t joking. The following headboards are old doors that have been repurposed and turned into headboards.

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Turning an old door into a headboard is one of the simplest projects you can do
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You can make the door headboard fit in naturally through small details
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Use a vintage door with a worn finish for an authentic look
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Add curtains to your headboard for a quirky touch
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Stain or paint the door(s) to match the rest of the room’s décor
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If you find the right door size, you don’t even need to alter anything

Rustic Headboard Ideas

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Pick a door style that matches your own. For example a barn door can look interesting

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A door headboard is simple enough to blend in and quirky enough to stand out

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You can either remove all the hardware or leave it right there
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And you can even use two or three doors if you want a large headboard

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And this idea suits pretty much any kind of bedroom

We now return to the DIY projects. If you want to add a vintage touch to your bedroom or you prefer recycled elements instead of new ones, a very nice idea would be to use your old doors as a headboard. Depending on the type of door, you could have a rustic, modern, elegant or colorful headboard.

Painted Geometric Headboard Ideas

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Geometric designs are often used in modern interior designs
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And you can come up with your own design to personalize the room
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Mix and match shapes, colors and patterns to create something unique
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If you like symmetry, this is a simple way to achieve it
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But there’s also room for other creative combinations

 

Contemporary Headboard Ideas

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Geometric designs can also be featured by classical headboards.

 

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And they fit well in eclectic bedroom decors

Modern and contemporary headboards, just like any other elements designed in these styles, often focus on clean, straight lines and geometric patterns. You could opt for a headboard that features an abstract design or for something simple. You can also use color to make them stand out.

Modern Art Headboards

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Since the headboard had surpassed its purely practical use, all sorts of designs have come up
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Using the headboard as a piece of artwork for the bedroom is actually a really clever idea
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It offers a lot of room for creative thinking and personalization
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And there are so many ways in which you can interpret this concept
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The headboard can be a painting hanging on the wall at the right height
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And it can be an expression of your style
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The headboard can also take numerous other artistic forms

In the case of a bedroom that needs a focal point you could forget about the traditional headboard designs and go instead with something a little more artistic. You could paint the wall or you could choose a headboard that beautifully combines art with comfort and functionality.

DIY Headboards

In this set, well look at how national flags make for ideal headboards. 

Union Jack Headboard

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This is a funky way to show your patriotism or interest for a particular country

Amerian Flag Heaedboard

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And it can be materialized in various different ways
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You can turn this concept into a DIY project for the weekkend.

Lone Star State Headboard

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And you can use reclaimed wood or pallets to get it done

Don’t mess with Texas, especailly when it comes to DIY headboards. Who wouldn’t fell safe with this headboard?

US Flag Headboard

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Use an actual flag, paint one or make one using wood and other materials

If you’re the patriotic type or if you simply like a certain flag, not necessarily that of your country, then you can use the flag as your headboard. Flag carry a lot of symbolism so the visual impact will be strong. You can use an actual flag and attach it to the wall or to the headboard or you could paint it on a wooden board.

Curtain Headboard Ideas

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Your headboard can actually be a curtain hanging on a rod
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But you can also add a canopy and curtains to an existing headboard
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Put fairy lights behind the curtain to get a whimsical look at night
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Use the curtains to get a certain look, specific to a particular style
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Or use them to add color and texture to the room
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This is how the string lights would look like with black curtains
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You can also use a pattern on the curtain and match it to other accessories
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A curtain headboard is a simple way to add a sophisticated touch to a bedroom

Instead of a headboard you can opt for curtains. This is a good idea especially if you also have curtains for your windows. Then you can use the same type or something similar.

The curtains will add a nice intimate feel and they will also add coziness to the room with their texture. This is also a nice opportunity to personalize the headboard.

Freestanding Headboard Ideas

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Tall headboard usually stand out because of their size, although colors can help them blend in.

Single Bed Headboards

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And they can become the focal point of the room without much effort
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The visual effect is stronger when there are two tall headboards.

Wooden Headboard

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A tall headboard can take any form. This wooden one is a beautiful example

The headboard is a very important element for any bedroom but if you want to emphasize its importance or if you want it to look more dramatic, you can opt for a tall design. Tall headboards can be very impressive and sumptuous.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

What Is The Purpose Of A Headboard?

A headboard supports your bed while protecting your bedroom wall against potential damage. As a form of bed support, it helps prevent your mattress and bed springs from warping. Overall, it’s a stylish decor item that can enliven a bedroom space.

Does A Headboard Help You Sleep?

Adding a headboard to a bed frame provides stability for your bed. A headboard minimizes movement while ensuring a steady base so you can sleep comfortably. A headboard and rails will provide even more stability for an even better night’s sleep.

What Kind Of Foam Do You Use For A Headboard?

We recommend replacing old, worn-out headboard foam with a Soft-Medium density polyurethane foam depending on the thickness required. Headboard made out of Polyurethane foam is the most durable and is considered as the best foam for headboard should you spend a lot of time sitting up in bed.

What Is A Strutted Headboard?

Strutted headboards have two reinforced struts that attach the headboard securely to a divan base. This attachment is invisible when the bed is pushed against a wall.

What Are Beds Without Headboards Called?

A simple bed frame is basic. It comes with legs to hold up support beams and it does not come with a headboard and footboard.

Headboard Ideas Conclusion

If you’re looking for a DIY project then consider a new headboard for your bed. An elegant headboard is a wonderful way to add character to your bedroom. 

Headboards come in soft colors or bold, and it’s up to you to decide what your own design. A DIY headboard would be an inexpensive way to invigorate your bedrooms pace.

If you want to replace your old headboard, a wooden headboard isn’t difficult to make. All you need is a few pieces of sturdy wood, fabric, and a staple gun.