DecorBook Classic : Happy Headboards

September 15, 2019

Don't you love this headboard covered in charming "love bird" wallpaper?    Decorative headboards date back to ancient Egypt.  Still today, a headboard completes a bedroom and adds to the personality of our rooms.  Here's some fresh, quirky and inexpensive ways to make our beds look great.


I see ratan headboards at thrift stores and garage sales all the time.  Who knew one could be sprayed a gorgeous color only to become a focal point of a bedroom?


Another thrift store find is a vintage headboard - look how great this one looks with wood stripped of its dark varnish and upholstered in simple linen.



A stencil or free form paint job is a quick way to add drama in a guest room.


A headboard can be a simple as tacking a woven rug to the wall.  Joss & Main has a similar jute rug for $52.


Pretty florals in wallpaper or fabric look pretty sweet.


Almost any wall hanging will do - love this felt carpet.


Dramatic and just right for a midCentury home.


Don't you love the shape of this striped headboard?


A glamorous green velvet oversize headboard.

Around here, headboards have been done on the cheap.  An old white
matelasse bedspread covers a length of plywood (overstuffed with foam and batting) in our guest room.

In our principle bedroom, another "homemade" headboard came from a 4'x8' sheet of plywood.  Home Depot cut the length for me and then P and I padded with foam and batting.  It's covered with velvet damask fabric from Berkeley's Discount Fabrics.  When I'm tired of this, I'll make a slipcover in another fabric.


Hope you got a bit inspired and look forward to hearing about your own headboard ideas. With so many affordable options, don't all beds deserve a headboard?


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