Unique & Chic DIY Headboard Options For Your Home

Update your home this summer with fresh, eye-catching colors and unique accents. If your home is in need of some fresh updates, I have one piece of advice: Don’t skimp on the bedroom. In the bedroom (or guest room), the headboard is the focal point and statement piece of the room. You might have one of the most luxurious, heavenly mattresses from macys.com, but if you’ve ignored the trimmings you’re doing that bed an injustice!

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Here are some simple, fun and easy DIY headboard options for you to accomplish this summer:

Frame It

Do you have a favorite family photo or quote that you can’t get enough of? Use it as artwork for your own larger-than-life headboard. The best way to create this large picture frame-looking headboard is to use molding in the desired color and printing off your image or phrase large enough to fit the molding frame.

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frame headboard

Old Door

Repurposing an old door into a headboard is one of the cutest ideas I have come across. You can find old doors at antique stores and thrift shops. If you can shell out the extra dough, you can always go to your local Home Depot or Lowes and buy a brand new one.

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Once you have your door, sand it and stain it in any color you want (I like creamy yellow, turquoise or ocean blue). For added depth, attach some crown molding to the side of the door.

Old Door headboard - After


This idea is the most time consuming, but SO WORTH IT.  Scour the web for your favorite headboard design. Cut out desired shape onto cardboard and trace over plywood (you will need help lifting, it is VERY heavy). Get the hubby, boyfriend or neighbor to help you cut out the shape from plywood. Once that’s done, cover with a few layers of quilt batting, which can be found at craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Joann or Michaels. Cover the batting with fabric and staple the fabric to the backside of the plywood. Chelsey Life & Design has a great example of a finished product.

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fabric chic headboard

BONUS: If you have a few extra hours to spare, I recommend nailing small nail heads about two inches from the outside of your headboard, following its shape. Once completed, the piece will have a polished, more sophisticated look that will have your friends in awe of your crafting skills.

Pallet Love

Pinterest is filled with pallet projects. From DIY coffee tables and farmhouse dining tables to wall shelves and artwork, pallet is so versatile. But my favorite use for them by far is creating a country-chic headboard. This project costs next to nothing and looks adorable! I find all my pallets through Craigslist, where I usually score them for free! A quick trip to Home Depot will supply you with a nice wood stain and brushes and you’re ready to go.

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Simply stain the pallet and let dry over night. Place the pieces of wood on top of one another to create one long piece. Attach above the bed and voila! For extra oomph, paint a simple phrase like “love” or “slumber.”