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In the market for a new headboard but can’t quite swallow the high price tag of the one you love? Why not apply a little DIY action and make one for yourself? There are tons of great ideas and tutorials out there like that awesome upholstered headboard pictured above. I kind of love the finished product and think this sort of project is completely do-able.

Find 24 more DIY headboard ideas and inspirations below!


  • Basic Padded Headboard 1 of 24
    Basic Padded Headboard
    Here's a super basic padded headboard tutorial but you have to know how to work a jigsaw.
    find it here at A Thousand Laughing Starfish
  • Fabric Panels 2 of 24
    Fabric Panels
    Cut a bunch of uniform squares from plywood, pad and cover, and lay out how you please.
    details here from All Things Thrifty
  • Framed Fabric 3 of 24
    Framed Fabric
    Here's an easy and fun idea, fabric framed panels using plywood and poster frames.
    details here from Better Homes and Gardens
  • Polished Upholstered Headboard 4 of 24
    Polished Upholstered Headboard
    Turn out this sophisticated fabric covered headboard with a bit of basic sewing skills and this great tutorial.
    full DIY here from BHG
  • DIY Tufted Headboard 5 of 24
    DIY Tufted Headboard
    I really like the fabric choice and the tutorial seems pretty concise and easy to follow.
    details here from Centsational Girl
  • Cut Corrugated Metal 6 of 24
    Cut Corrugated Metal
    This headboard was created using roofing materials, can you believe it! I think it looks so cool.
    via Homedit
  • Add Some Texture 7 of 24
    Add Some Texture
    Find out how to replicate this neat headboard from Design File.
    click here for all the info
  • Door to Headboard 8 of 24
    Door to Headboard
    I've seen doors repurposed as headboards before, but laying horizontally instead. I think vertical is a fun twist don't you?
    details here from BHG
  • Tufted Tutorial 9 of 24
    Tufted Tutorial
    Here's another pretty in-depth tutorial (with pictures!) on creating a basic tufted headboard.
    via Dream Book Design
  • Feed Sack As Fabric 10 of 24
    Feed Sack As Fabric
    Recreate this vintage looking headboard using feed sacks and some architectural salvage.
    details here from Better Homes and Gardens
  • Tall And Upholstered 11 of 24
    Tall And Upholstered
    Here's a super fun spin on a fabric covered headboard.
    find the instructions on this project here from HGTV
  • Shabby Chic Doors 12 of 24
    Shabby Chic Doors
    Here's a shabby chic approach to using reclaimed doors as a headboard.
    details from Homedit
  • Reclaimed Wood 13 of 24
    Reclaimed Wood
    Made using old fence boards from a family farm, a headboard with sentimental value indeed.
    details here from House Tweaking
  • Make It With MDF 14 of 24
    Make It With MDF
    The price tag on this project comes in at least than $100, awesome!
    get the info here from BHG
  • Find A Good Fabric 15 of 24
    Find A Good Fabric
    If a fabric covered headboard is where you're leaning, pick a good sturdy home decor fabric like this one.
    via Noodlehead
  • Old Dresser Drawers 16 of 24
    Old Dresser Drawers
    Wow, here's a unique idea: take old dresser drawers and arrange them to create an eclectic display case/headboard.
    courtesy of BHG
  • Salvaged Mantel 17 of 24
    Salvaged Mantel
    If you're lucky enough to come across one of these in your wanderings, snap it up and turn it into a rustic looking headboard.
    via BHG
  • Tufted Blue 18 of 24
    Tufted Blue
    Love the vibrant blue fabric choice for this DIY tufted headboard.
    full tutorial here from Schue Love
  • Vinyl Stencil Makeover 19 of 24
    Vinyl Stencil Makeover
    Add a fun design with a vinyl decal like this one.
    via Craftaholics Anonymous
  • Re-Purposed Pallets 20 of 24
    Re-Purposed Pallets
    Pull it together using pallets as a headboard. What do you think?.
    details here from Stylizimo
  • Beautiful Barn Door 21 of 24
    Beautiful Barn Door
    Get all the details on this creative project from Tip Junkie.
    click here for the full breakdown
  • Wallpapered Wood Cutout 22 of 24
    Wallpapered Wood Cutout
    Why not use some fun wallpaper instead of fabric?
    via BHG
  • Choose Chalkboard! 23 of 24
    Choose Chalkboard!
    I kind of love how this fun headboard turned out, and it was super simple too!
    via Desire To Inspire
  • Nail Head Trim 24 of 24
    Nail Head Trim
    Give your headboard a clean and professional look with this tutorial using a painter's canvas and carpet tacks.
    tutorial here from HGTV

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