Your bedroom should be your safe haven – a place for you to relax, unwind and get a great night’s sleep. Sometimes that means a new mattress and sometimes, it just comes down to having a great headboard.

Instead of heading out to the furniture store to buy a new headboard, you can make one yourself. We’ve got a great collection of 11 DIY headboards and some of them are so easy that you can have them finished by bedtime.

The best part is that most of these are really inexpensive and some can be made from things that you have just lying around the house.

Let’s get started.


1) DIY Old Door Headboard:

An old salvaged door makes a beautiful headboard and while other wooden headboards may run you hundreds of dollars, you can create this great DIY version very cheap. You will need to saw the door down to the size you need and then add some chair rail molding and a little paint and you end up with a beautiful wooden headboard that is completely customizable. What’s so great is that you can make this one in less than a day and you can paint it to perfectly match the other furnishings in your room. Plus, it’s really cheap so that’s a great point, too.

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2) DIY Cedar Fence Picket Headboard

Cedar fence is a great material for making a headboard. Even if you don’t have any fencing on hand, you can make this beautiful headboard for very cheap. You will also want to choose a stain color or just sheer coat it if you love the look of cedar. You will need to sand it down quite a bit because these are rough cedar fence pickets and you certainly don’t want to be getting splinters in bed. Overall, this is a really easy headboard to make , you just can’t beat the price. It’s also beautiful and makes a very bold statement.

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3) DIY Upholstered Headboard with Nail Head Trim

For an absolutely elegant and bold statement, this upholstered headboard is a must. As complicated and sophisticated as it looks, it really is an easy headboard to create. You will need a few supplies like plywood, fabric, nail head trim and a few tools but once you get started, you will see how really simple it is to create a fantastic headboard that looks like you paid a fortune for it. You can use whatever fabric you want although this one does give it a really elegant and classy look. If you get started now, you may just be finished by bedtime.

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4) DIY Tufted Headboard:

For very less , you can create a beautiful tufted headboard that is soft and shaped however you want. You will need to choose your shape first and then make sure that you have fabric and some foam on hand to create the headboard. You’ll cut the shape out of plywood and then cover that with foam (like from an eggshell mattress cover) and then cover again with fabric.

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5) DIY Rustic Pallet Headboard:

Pallets are often given away at home improvement stores, lumber yards or even flea markets and you can use those free pallets to create a beautiful rustic looking headboard. The number of pallets you need actually depends on the shape of the pallets that you use. You should expect to have a few mishaps if you are using older pallets so have at least two on hand when you begin. You will also need 2X4s for framing, nuts and bolts to hold it all together and your stain of choice.

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6) DIY Mantel Moulding Headboard

This mantel headboard was inspired by Pottery Barn’s Addison Headboard. Instead of buying it however, you can just make it yourself. It features loads of moulding which makes it very elegant and you can paint or stain it whatever color you want to match the rest of your bedroom décor. The best part is you can make this for about 1/5 of the price of Pottery Barn’s version and if you happen to have some moulding left over from home improvement projects, you can make it for nothing. Even if you have to buy the materials, you are still getting away loads cheaper than buying.

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7)DIY Faux Tiled Headboard

If you want a headboard that is cheap, easy to make and really unique, this faux tile headboard fits the bill. You just mount them with mounting tape and you can paint them whatever color you want. If you are looking for a great metal tile look, just spray them with spray paint that will give them a great hammered metal look. White looks beautiful and the best thing is (aside from how cheap and easy it is to create, that is) they are foam so they’re really comfortable. You know, in case you bang your head on them.

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8) DIY King Size Bed Headboard:

It has happened to all of us to be looking for a specific piece of furniture at Ikea, only to realize that it is nowhere to be found! If you have a very specific bed plan in your mind and you want to turn it into reality, then here is a crafty DIY tutorial for you that will help you design the ultimate king size bed where you can sleep like a true princess!

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9) DIY Upholstered Headboard With Nailhead:

If you have decided to change the upholstery on your old headboard or to come up with a brand new headboard from scratch, then you should know that you can do it all by yourself, instead of paying a craftsman to do it! Here is a very detailed tutorial that will help you get a luxurious upholstered headboard within hours.

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10) DIY Barn Door Headboard:

This headboard idea is perfect if your home is decorated in a vintage or a rustic fashion and you want your bedroom to match the overall style of your house. You can now recycle your barn door and turn it into the ultimate headboard, quickly and without any advanced carpentry skills whatsoever!

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11) DIY Button Tufted Headboard:

The button tufted headboard is anything but new, and if you fancy historical movies or documentaries, then you have certainly noticed that the royalty had a similar headboard at the palace! If you want to add a touch of chic and royal to your own bedroom, then here is a great DIY button tufted headboard project to keep you busy!

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