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DecorBook Classic : Happy Headboards

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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