Creative Headboard Ideas for Frugal Decorators
By Pamela Cole Harris
Need a new headboard, but don't have a fortune to spend? How
about using things you already have or things that others may want to discard to
make a custom headboard that is not only stylish and creative, but inexpensive
Here are some ideas to help stir those creative juices (be
careful not to spill 'em!)!
1. Use an old door. If you want a classic wood look, sand and
stain the door to match existing furniture. Or paint the door and distress for a
vintage look. If the door is paneled, the inserts can be painted a contrasting
color, stenciled with elegant designs, or decoupaged with fabric or handmade
2. Use a section of wooden picket or wrought iron fencing. The
sections can be painted and fastened with bolts or hooks.
3. Use trellis. Decorate with ivy, silk flowers and ribbons for
a Country French look or simply paint.
4. Use old window frames. Leave painted window frames as is for
a distressed look. Or paint a garden scene (or use a wallpaper mural) behind the
frames to give the illusion of looking outdoors.
5. Use folding screens. An elegant folding screen with fabric or
painted panels can be easily attached to the wall or left standing for a simple
6. Use vintage napkins or placemats. The linen can be hung on
curtain rod which is attached decorative rod holders just above the bed.
7. Use scrap plywood or MDF covered by cedar siding or paneling.
The headboard can have a rustic, lodge look if covered by cedar shakes or a more
traditional look if covered by tongue-in-groove paneling.
8. Use shutters. Stain or paint the shutters to create a country
or cottage look in your romantic bedroom.
9. Use framed photos. Create an arrangement of photos grouped by
size, frame color or theme to give the illusion of a headboard.
10. Use a quilt or tapestry. Mount the fabric over a shower
curtain or café curtain rod using curtain hooks with a clip bottom. This looks
great in a country or European-style bedroom.
If you use your imagination, tiles, strips of fabric, bookcases,
the back of an old sofa, a large poster or wooden shelves can all be used to
fashion a headboard. Look around your home! Look in the dumpster! There are
hundreds of items which can be used!
Now...what can we make with these margarine tubs? Any ideas?
Pamela Cole Harris is a writer with over 35 years experience (Gosh! Has it
been that long?). Her expertise on decorating on a budget comes from her
own experience (Is Early Graduate Student a style?). Visit her website,
, for her unique view of home decorating and remodeling (and a free monthly