Make Your Own Head Board

One of the things that make a bedroom look finished is a headboard for your bed. It doesn’t have to be expensive at all. It just needs to be the right kind of headboard to go with your bed and your room. As you can see in the picture  below, this room looked sort of unfinished without a headboard. If you find yourself in the same situation, now’s the time to make your own head board simply and cheaply. Staying true to our aim to make your home improvement easier, this article will now show you how to easily make your own headboard cheaply and quickly. 

bed without head board

Make your own DIY headboard for your bed
COST: £0.00
TIME: 1 hour

What you need
A headboard
left-over material
staple gun and staples

the old head board we found left in the loft by previous owners

This old headboard above was found in our loft. It was left there by the previous owners. It was old and stained – a bit rickety, but otherwise structurally sound. I thought it would serve my purpose well. I had to re-position one of the vertical slabs because the bed was a different size than that of the original, but this was very easy to do.

an old blanket makes the perfect undercover for headboard

If you’re taking on this project, and you don’t have access to a headboard, you can purchase one from a second-hand shop or make one if you’re able. After cleaning the old headboard, I used a staple gun to cover it with soft fabric. This was cut from an old blanket we don’t use any more. The reason I did this was because I wanted the finished look to be soft to the touch, and I wanted to prevent sharp sides of the wood from sticking out in an unwelcome manner. This was a child’s bed, after all.

staple blanket onto headboard

With the headboard covered completely in the old, soft blanket, it’s ready for the finishing touch. 

waiting for the finishing touches

Use the same method and cover your headboard with the material you wish.

finished headboard!


This final material was  left over from some window curtains we had made years ago for our living room. This curtain now hangs in this bedroom, so it makes perfect sense to cover the headboard with it.  You can see the rest of this bedroom here: Kids Bedroom makeover.

Now the bed finally looks finished and this corner of the room looks a lot better, and more attractive than before. 
Over to you! Go on and make your own head board.  See our stuff to make  for more beautiful interiors ideas.

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8 Responses to Make Your Own Head Board

  1. Jeff Anderson June 10, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    just made a platform bed ans now i need a headboard for it did not come with the plans i used thanks for the insight. dont have the money to buy one this looks great
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  2. Aaroniphonerepair June 5, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    Love these re-purposing ideas. We all have stuff laying around but we are so ingrained with the newer is better attitude. I bet you have a lot of good ideas for pallets 🙂

  3. Amber from Back May 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    DIY Headboard what a great idea! I see this in my near future. I am going to make mine headboard for my guest room out of old barn wood. Trying to achevie the rustic look 🙂 I think I am going to love it!
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  4. Josh Howell May 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Wrought-iron headboards can provide an antique, romantic feel. If you have a shabby-chic feel in your bedroom, look for wrought-iron headboards with distressed paint finishes to add to your room’s style. If you buy an antique headboard, make sure it will fit on your bed frame. These headboards can be difficult to modify if they don’t fit properly. Headboards made of wicker can also be beautiful additions to a shabby chic style.
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    • Anne May 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      Yes, wrought iron can look great, but as you said, if they don’t quite fit your bed, you can’t adjust them as easily as you can a wooden one. I don’t really like the wicker versions, but I can see their attraction to other people.

  5. Jack May 7, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    This headboard was really easy to make. I agree that it is nothing of a grand thing, but for a simple bed it would be more than enough. I think we all have such wooden pieces lying around in our store rooms, I loved the way you made an old piece of wood into something so useful.

    • Anne May 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks, Jack. It does fit a child’s bed perfectly (because their taste changes so often). It’s probably not as grand as you would expect for a master bedroom, but fits in nicely elsewhere.

      I can recover it when I re-do the room in the future.

  6. jacobrom May 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

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