Store-bought and DIY bedroom headboard ideas come in all shapes and sizes. From taking your existing headboard and giving it a new life through a simple project, to creating a new headboard altogether. A headboard can transform your sleeping space and will add some depth and texture to the walls behind your bed.

In the list below, you can find the most unique headboard ideas out there to find inspiration for your next interior design venture.

A Simple Half Circle Headboard Design With Vibrant Bedding

This rounded headboard uses simple materials to create an understated design that pairs with the existing decor perfectly. The rolled top edge on this headboard is a subtle detail that adds the needed dimension to the wall of the room.

The vibrant desert tones of the bedding feature elements that both contrast and match the headboard for a complete look.

A half moon headboard in a sand color brightens up the dark wall color in this bedroom with blue and orange beddingA half moon headboard in a sand color brightens up the dark wall color in this bedroom with blue and orange bedding

Styled by Yngfalk interior, photographed by Mia Borgelin for Historiska Hem

A More Traditional Headboard Shape With Grey-Toned Fabric for a Relaxed Bedroom Style

This example shows that DIY headboard ideas can be inexpensive and feature a simple design, yet still be a perfect fit for the bedroom as a whole.

The smooth grey fabric used here allows the bed frame to melt into the background without making itself known. This is ideal for anyone looking for a relaxed, easy-going bedroom.

A farmhouse bedroom with a grey fabric headboardA farmhouse bedroom with a grey fabric headboard

Photographed by Alice Johansson for Alvhem

An Upholstered Headboard Using Corduroy Style Fabric for a Unique Design

DIY headboards can also serve as a way to upcycle other items in your home, helping to keep additional waste from landfills while also improving the appearance of your bedroom.

For a DIY headboard similar to this one, wrap a half circle of plywood with repurposed corduroy. Additional fabric scraps or other fillers can be used to add padding.

A beige corduroy headboard in a pink bedroom with burgundy wainscotingA beige corduroy headboard in a pink bedroom with burgundy wainscoting

styled and photographed by Therese Jahnson for Historiska Hem

A White Squared Headboard With Dark Blue Walls for Understated Contrast

You can recreate DIY headboard ideas like this one with the help of an old door and a staple gun. Simply drape plain white fabric over the door and attach it with the staples. Pull the material taunt before attaching it for a smooth appearance.

A light grey linen headboard stand out against a dark blue bedroom wall colorA light grey linen headboard stand out against a dark blue bedroom wall color

via Alvhem

Matching Headboard Materials and Pillows for an Elegant Bedroom Space

Using a matching pattern on both throw pillows and the headboard can create simple elegance in the room. In this particular example, the fabric used is a great source of visual texture in an overall simplistic space. This design in a guest room is sure to impress any overnight visitor.

A black and white floral pattern that comes back on both the pillows and the headboardA black and white floral pattern that comes back on both the pillows and the headboard

via Alexander White

An Oversized Headboard With Built-In Electronics for a Fully Integrated Space

This headboard extends beyond the constraints of the bed frame, allowing the incorporation of built-in electronic components. This design is great for anyone looking to hide wires and create a streamlined, stress-free atmosphere in their bedroom.

A made-to-order or DIY headboard like this could be customized to include built-in lamps, speakers, charging ports, lighting controls, and more!

A beige bedroom with patchwork curtains, beige textiles, black accents, headboard with electronics integratedA beige bedroom with patchwork curtains, beige textiles, black accents, headboard with electronics integrated

via Ferm Living and Design Hotel Villa Copenhagen

A Charming Rail Headboard for a Country Aesthetic

This thin rail headboard adds a certain charm to this classic bedroom design. The design and coloring of this wooden headboard pairs wonderfully with the curtain rod and side table, as well as tones in the wallpaper.

Combined with the textiles of the bedding and other decor, the resulting countryside aesthetic creates a cozy atmosphere in the room.

A Charming Rail Headboard for a Country Aesthetic paired with a floral bedroom wallpaperA Charming Rail Headboard for a Country Aesthetic paired with a floral bedroom wallpaper

Styled by Martina Mattsson, photographed by Krister Engström for Kvarteret Makleri

A Patterned Headboard Design for Subtle Texture

The thin stripes on this DIY headboard provide a subtle, understated texture to this bright and airy bedroom.

This material provides just enough of a departure from the solid colors found throughout the room to draw the eye to the bed, ensuring that it’s the center of attention. The neutral colors here pair well with touches of black, allowing the room to flow naturally.

A light attic bedroom with a black and white striped fabric headboardA light attic bedroom with a black and white striped fabric headboard

via Alvhem

A Tufted Headboard for a Sophisticated Bedroom Space

This tufted headboard enhances the sophisticated appearance of the bedroom. With the wall paint creating a visual texture in slightly darker tones than the headboard itself, the headboard provides a mild highlight effect to the rest of the bed, creating a frame around the pillows that draws the eye and gives a chic appearance.

A grey tufted headboard in a bedroom with dark grey limewash paint on the wallsA grey tufted headboard in a bedroom with dark grey limewash paint on the walls

via Alvhem

A Woven Headboard With a Dark Border for a Slight Island Touch

For a tropical getaway in your own home, try pairing a simple bed frame with a woven headboard. This headboard features dark edges, something that makes it stand out more from the sandy wall paint.

Plants and small pieces of eclectic furniture reinforce this rustic island air, as does the wood plank floor.

A rattan headboard with a black border in a bedroom with sand colored wallsA rattan headboard with a black border in a bedroom with sand colored walls

Styled by Thomas Lingsell, photographed by Fredric Boukari for Historiska Hem

Tightly Woven Rattan for a Unique Headboard

Similarly to the previous example, this headboard uses a woven pattern to create texture in the room, something that is magnified by the smooth, lighter color of the wall.

The lack of decor above the headboard also amplifies that contrast. This rattan pattern is a tighter and larger weave, removing the need for a darker border to help it stand out.

A rattan headboard in a beige bedroom with beige textiles on the bedA rattan headboard in a beige bedroom with beige textiles on the bed

Styled by Livin Deco, photographed by Mariette Svensson, for sale via Stadshem

A Light Grey Upholstered Headboard for a Graceful Air

This style of headboard is the perfect way to add a touch of gracefulness to your bedroom. The light grey material is the epitome of sophistication and shows the cross-section of headboards that are both inexpensive and elegant.

A grey tufted headboard in a spacious bedroom with light grey wallsA grey tufted headboard in a spacious bedroom with light grey walls

Styled by Grey Deco, photographed by Fredrik J Karlsson, sold via Alvhem

A Simple DIY Headboard for Seamless Decor

This DIY headboard is fairly easy to recreate with a trip to the hardware store for some wood glue, a tape measure, some paint, and a large piece of plywood. The design acts as a simple frame upon which decorative items can be placed.

This provides additional storage space without becoming intrusive. Using the same dark green bedroom paint that covers the wall the headboard is placed against creates visual appeal and allows the bed to become the centerpiece of the room.

A dark green bedroom with a custom headboard with storage space behind itA dark green bedroom with a custom headboard with storage space behind it

via Alvhem

Wood Paneling for a Simple, Slightly Rustic Headboard

This wood DIY headboard is a simple design, stretching the length of the wall it’s placed against. In doing so, it helps to accentuate the unique layout of the bedroom while cementing the bed as the centerpiece.

Where other headboards may be lower, this headboard is at the desired height appropriate for making an impact.

A custom wood headboard that adds a natural touch to this spacious bedroomA custom wood headboard that adds a natural touch to this spacious bedroom

via Alexander White

Matching Large Pillows as a Cozy DIY Headboard

Though many DIY headboard ideas require a level on ingenuity, you can create a faux headboard in seconds by placing matching oversized pillows against the wall at the head of the mattress.

This gives the bold appearance of a headboard without needing to follow a tutorial or making a trip to the local home center.

A DIY headboard made out of two large pillows against the wallA DIY headboard made out of two large pillows against the wall

via Alvhem

Brown Upholstered Panels for a Neutral Bedroom

This DIY headboard uses material that matches the fabrics on the bed to create a cohesive design. The color palette of this room is full of neutrals, resulting in a contemporary style that won’t soon go out of fashion.

Combined with the light hanging from the ceiling as well as the sunlight coming through the window, the effect is warm and inviting.

A brown linen DIY headboard in the same fabric as the bed coverA brown linen DIY headboard in the same fabric as the bed cover

Styled by Emma Fisher and Annica Clarmell for Alvhem

Uniquely Shaped Wall Integrated into a Custom Headboard

When faced with decorating around a room with uncommon features, you can use those challenging aspects as part of the design.

This room works with its curved walls instead of against them, using them as a backdrop to the custom headboard as well as continuing their color across the headboard for a seamless look. The light sage green bedroom wall color accentuates both the headboard and the curved wall perfectly.

A sage green bedroom with curved walls and a custom headboard painted in the same color as the wallsA sage green bedroom with curved walls and a custom headboard painted in the same color as the walls

via Entrance Makleri

An Intricate Wood Pattern for a Beautiful Headboard

For a more detailed headboard, experiment with an intricate wood pattern made of rattan or bamboo. This type of headboard merges contemporary and traditional design ideals into a fresh, visually interesting take. The earthy color palette used here makes the wood seem even more at home.

A rattan headboard in a sage green bedroomA rattan headboard in a sage green bedroom

via Sjöman Frisk

A Lightly Scalloped Edge Headboard Against Classic Floral Wallpaper

Where other DIY headboards focus on detailing or finish, this example pulls in both a stunning color as well as a lightly detailed top edge. The scalloping here complements the classic aesthetic of this bedroom, a look that is created by the vintage wallpaper, chandelier, floor, and side tables.

A farmhouse bedroom with a pink bedroom wallpaper, green curtains and a fabric scalloped headboardA farmhouse bedroom with a pink bedroom wallpaper, green curtains and a fabric scalloped headboard

Styled by Johanna Bradford, photographed by Henrik Linden for Alvhem

A Round, Half Circle Suede Headboard for Bold Contrast

This bold suede headboard fills the space of this wall nook perfectly, appearing as if the room was built around it. The shape, color, and material of this headboard are all unique, making it clear this room was a custom project overall.

A curved headboard in between two wardrobesA curved headboard in between two wardrobes

via Innerstadspecialisten

A Stunning Headboard Made of Large, Intricate Rattan

As we wind down our list of headboard ideas, it’s important to touch on a headboard design that makes a statement. This large, patterned headboard makes for a stunning impression of the bed when entering the room. The limewash wall behind it adds further depth to the space.

A rattan headboard in a beige limewash bedroomA rattan headboard in a beige limewash bedroom

via Alvhem

An Art Deco Headboard for a Vintage Touch

This headboard is a perfect example of breathing new life into a vintage find. Its art deco styling is truly timeless, appearing right at home surrounded by industrial-styled Edison bulbs and a statement chandelier. A smooth wall behind the headboard is ideal in this situation, though the right wallpaper will work as well.

A blue bedroom with Edison lamps and an art-deco headboardA blue bedroom with Edison lamps and an art-deco headboard

Styled by Linnéa H. Manaberi, photographed by Anders Bergstedt , for Alvhem



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