A very trendy idea these days is to build your own headboard rather than to buy a ready-made one or to have a bed with a built-in headboard. It’s a great way to add character to the bedroom and to personalize your home. Many DIY headboard ideas are simple enough for any beginner to try and the designs can vary and can be adapted based on each person’s preferences and requirements. Check out 10 of our favorite DIY headboard project tutorials.
Let’s start with a DIY headboard design that’s decorative more than anything else. It’s a string headboard which gives you plenty of freedom when choosing the pattern or color palette. To make something like this you need wood for the frame, a drill, screws, lots of yarn and an embroidery yarn. This headboard is sort of like a custom piece of art which you make and display yourself. All the details about the project can be found on themerrythought.
Another DIY headboard idea perfect for beginners can be found on the etsy blog and involves a gridded latch-hooking rug canvas, strips of fabric (2” wide), super chunky wool yarn, nails and a hammer. The idea is to make a woven headboard with a wooden frame. You can combine yarn and strips of fabric in different colors and you can mix and match them however you want. This will influence the final pattern.
For some, having a comfortable headboard is a top priority. This is important especially if you’re the type of person that enjoys reading in bed or watching TV. You want the headboard to be soft and comfortable so what could be better than a headboard made of cushions? That’s right, this tutorial from sarahshermansamuel shows you how to make a headboard using two floor cushions, a copper pipe, leather strips and some basic tools such as a hammer, nails, a needle and some thread.
The DIY herringbone headboard featured on sewmuchado is perhaps the most similar one so far to what we’ve come to expect from such a furniture accessory. The design in this case is more on the traditional side. Of course, there’s the possibility to stain or to paint the headboard once it’s done to have it match the bedroom’s decor and this can also influence the style.
The simple DIY slatted headboard design featured on vintagerevivals is great because it looks chic and elegant, it’s easy to build even if you’re a beginner DIYer, it doesn’t cost a fortune and it’s strong enough to hold you even if you’re not leaning against the wall. We love the look of stained wood featured here but we can just as easily imagine a painted headboard looking great in the right context.
Compared to other DIY headboard ideas, the one featured on flippingtheflip is quite complex and complicated. However, this also looks like a fun and enjoyable project. The supplies and materials needed include a sheet of plywood, two wood posts, sandpaper, stain and wood conditioner. Cutting the plywood into square-shaped blocks will take a while so be patient and try not to rush the process.
The classic tufted headboard is not out of the question either. You can actually make something like this yourself from scratch and it wouldn’t be very difficult. There’s a detailed tutorial on placeofmytaste which can help you identify the materials and tools you’ll need and guide you along all the steps of the project. Pick a type of fabric that suits you style and looks good in the context of your own bedroom.
If you’d like to add a bit of rusticity to your bedroom, how about a wood round headboard like the one featured on thewhitebuffalostylingco? The project starts with a sheet of plywood which you cut to the desired size. You attach it to the frame of your headboard and then you start gluing wood rounds onto it until you cover the whole surface. You can mix and match slices of different sizes and use wood stain to visually fill the gaps.
Some DIY headboard ideas can be pretty crazy, like this one from sarahshermansamuel. Believe it or not, this is a headboard made out of placemats and small rugs. It’s an interesting and unusual design with lots of character and lots of room for customization. Form and texture play important roles in this case and the design is mostly decorative. This is not the type of headboard you can lean against without relying on the wall behind it.
The last DIY headboard idea we want to show you today comes from stylebyemilyhenderson. It’s a tufted headboard that goes the entire width of the wall and which doubles as a sort of cozy window ledge or shelf on which to display framed photos and other small things. The tutorial also shows you how to customize the bed frame so it matches your new headboard.