5 Cheap Ways to Create an Impressive Headboard

Updated on April 8, 2018
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Always looking for cheap and affordable DIY design ideas that’ll uplift any interior space of a home.... But then, don't we all?

You’ll find there are cheap ways to create a headboard if you can think outside the box and stir up that latent creative ability.

There is hardly a bed without a headboard and with styles ranging from the classic and plush to rattan and wrought iron; you'll find that there are a wide variety of designs to choose from. But many of the nice looking ones are quite pricey.

Great looking headboards don't have to be expensive.

Do you know there are more creative and affordable ways to style your bed without using the conventional style headboards?

Yes, there are ways to achieve this and it will only set you back a few dollars or a couple of hours weekend DIY task.

For instance, if you are a conformist and feel safer keeping to conventional headboard styles, you’ll probably buy the usual types. But a good number of them are not only pricey but also common or just plain boring.

Additionally, not many of them are attractive enough to stand out as a great focal point for a bedroom as there is nothing really unique about them, except you are ready to spend a fortune on a headboard.

However, if you like the unusual and want this to reflect in the style of your bedroom, you’ll need to get creative. So, what the best way to do this? By considering any of these five inexpensive but unique headboard design ideas.

They will not only make your bed look stylish, they will do wonders to the aesthetics of your bedroom.

1. Headboard Ideas Using Wall Decals and Stickers

You can create a variety of styles with wall decals (or stickers). Stick elaborate decals on the wall above the bed at the headboard’s position.

Wall art is very graphic and thus great for interesting visual appeal. And with hundreds of ways to create themes; funny, whimsical, inspirational, mood enhancing, scenic, or dramatic, applying wall decals any way you wish will be a reflection of your style.

Just think of all the great ideas you can come up with. This is one great creative headboard idea many will fall in love with.

Wall applied decals or stickers will work wonders for almost any type of bedroom, whether the room is for adults or children. For adults, you can create adult schemes, mature quotes, or simply use illusionary headboard patterns. And for children and babies, you can create pretty and colourful picturesque scenes, quaint patterns, or numerical and alphabetical arrangements.

How to apply the stickers depends on you but the most common ways are:

  • Applying stickers directly on the wall is great and fast, but it’s best to use removable stickers. Just think about it; you can change the look ever so often if you wish. That’s how affordable this headboard idea is.
  • Applying the stickers on an inexpensive board (3/4" plywood) before installing the finished board on the wall is another way to create an affordable headboard.

If you decide to have your wall art applied directly on a board before installation, first coat the board with a block bright or muted paint but ensure the board's edges are lipped before painting. You can then stick the decal on and fix the finished product onto the wall with hidden screws.

Modern, contemporary, or classic themed wall art decals can certainly add a dash of style to a large or small bedroom giving a bedroom the feel of a designer’s creation.

2. A Headboard of Framed Photographs or Paintings

This is another great idea for a unique headboard style. Displaying a cluster of framed favourite photographs or paintings in a nice arrangement will create a look that’s certainly different.

If you have photos that hold fond memories like those of your loved ones, your pets, friends or your own personal collection, gather them together, have them framed, and create a cluster of images on the wall.

But if you are not into photo collections and will rather go the art way, use small images and pictures. You will find them cheap at some stores or flea markets.

  • For a classic vintage look, use only black and white images with white frames or black frames; certainly not an array of colours.
  • If you prefer a more colourful modern ‘today’s look’ use coloured photographs in bright colourful frames.
  • For a more dramatic look, hang as many as you can all the way up to the ceiling.

They can all be arranged asymmetrically or in an orderly symmetrical fashion, but ensure you allow a gap between the bottom line of the photographs and the top edge of the bed to allow for ample pillow arrangement.

The trick is to ensure they are small sized framed images in varying sizes as that’s the only way to create a successful cluster.

3. Curtains or Drapery as a Head-post

Curtain ‘headboards’ are the cheapest to buy and easiest to make, next to wall decals. All that is required is a fabric that compliments the bedroom’s colour scheme.

What you do is to attach a decorative curtain rod to any height above the bed’s head, and simply hang the curtain; swags, blinds, pleated, ruffled or plain gathered drapes.

Use fabrics with bold or subtle patterns, depending on the effect you want to create. You can also have them hung high or low, depending on the style you desire.

4. Creative Headboard Idea Using Metal Art

Metal art headboard ideas can work out to be quite unique but a bit more expensive than curtains, decals, or framed images.

But if you can patiently browse the online shops or local markets, you may be pleasantly surprised to find cheap and affordable ones.

So what do you think? The conventional headboards or the new creative headboard look?

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From simple rods and plate-work to intricate wire works, sculptures, and sheet metal art works, there are many types that can be used effectively as headboards.

  • For a contemporary you can use abstract or free-form designs which work effectively and creates an artsy look. They are best mounted on the wall at least 18inches from the top of the mattress.
  • For an impressive look, mount the artwork to span the bed’s headboard area and even beyond, to the bedside cabinets.
  • For a distinctive look, hang a large piece of metal wall art with mirrored sections or panels.

5. Tapestry, Paintings, and Prints

Paintings tapestry, or prints, framed or unframed, can be hung to create very attractive and visually appealing headboards.

You can use a set of prints or several unframed painted canvas panels spaced to fit the width of the bed and the bedside cabinets.

Alternatively, you can use a wide painting or print with framing that matches the bed’s wood type. Hang this on the wall over the bed to create a headboard effect.

Inexpensive tapestry makes a great one as well and because tapestry usually has a great ‘palate’, it goes a long way in determining a base colour for your bedroom’s colour scheme.

Not only does tapestry look and feel different, their beauty will make the total look appear expensive.

Cheap but Impressive Headboard Ideas

So, if you don't have a clue as to how you can create awesome headboard ideas for your bed without having to resort to buying the conventional kinds, those are design ideas you can tap from.

Though these creative ideas may be cheap and pocket-friendly, they can turn out to be very impressive and very effective. You can do some of them by yourself (DIY) in just a couple of hours but for some you may need to spend a bit on things like picture frames, metal art, and fabrics.

Isn’t it good to know that you don't require the services of a professional interior designer or decorator for any of these creations?

Finally, consider this. You may have a treasure cove in your home where you’ll find great items to use. ‘Fish around’ in your attic; visit garden, garage, or estate sales because you never know what you may find to serve as your bed’s headboard.

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      • Julia Morais profile image

        Julia Morais 

        5 years ago

        Thinking of getting a headboard for my room. Haven't decided what I want yet, but this is a great start. Thanks for the ideas.

      • LeslieMirror profile image


        5 years ago

        Paying attention to the space you are constantly in is rather important. Your surroundings should be really pleasant for you.

      • SquidJenn profile image


        5 years ago

        Love this! Great idea for a lens.

      • amandascloset0 profile image


        5 years ago

        I love the curtains best! My husband doesn't agree but there is just something relaxing in the way it looks and feels.

      • Flowerchild1946 profile image

        Carol Brooks 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I love the gauzy curtains at the head of the bed. Very chic! Nice lens.

      • viryabo2 profile imageAUTHOR


        5 years ago

        @Craftypicks: Thanks RockinPicks. I appreciate that comment. Im glad you like it.

      • viryabo2 profile imageAUTHOR


        5 years ago

        @RazzbarryBreeze: Thank you for your nice comments Razzbarry

      • RazzbarryBreeze profile image


        5 years ago

        Nice lens with some wonderful ideas!

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        Lori Green 

        5 years ago from Las Vegas

        I loved this lens. Very good ideas.


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