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Home Design Tips: 10 Unique Headboard Ideas

A headboard is more than a piece of wood or fabric peeking out from behind your bed. It is a focal point of most bedrooms that affects the entire vibe and look of your space. As headboards have grown into more of a centerpiece for many bedrooms, mostly for aesthetic reasons, there are now endless styles to choose from and also DIY. Whether you want to uplift your space, make it cozier, or add some color, texture, or patterns to your bedroom, get inspired by our unique headboard ideas that truly anchor your bedroom.


A white interior design bedroom with a white antique screen as a headboard behind a cozy bed.

📷 Tomas Espinoza


A boho home decor bedroom with floral wallpaper, a black accent wall, and a black screen divider as a headboard behind the bed.

📷 boheme_aliso


Divider Headboard


Dividers are one of our favorite home design tips to help you create division between spaces in your home where there once was none, but they can also be helpful in dividing the space between your bed and the wall behind it. Dividers can be custom-made, a neat find at an antique market or thrift store, or purchased from your favorite home store. A unique screen is one of the easiest bed headboard designs to transform the look of your bedroom because you simply have to find the one you love and place it behind your bed! It adds height and an uncommon visually interesting headboard to your space.


A glamourous bedroom design with a tufted headboard and sitting in front of the bed, metallic furniture, and metallic wallpaper..

📷 Farah Merhi


A modern farmhouse bedroom with high shiplap ceiling design, neutral colored furniture, and a tan colored tufted headboard.

📷 Kristyn


Close up of the corner of a bed with white bedding and a velvet emerald green tufted headboard next to a white nightstand with a green lamp.

📷 Lavanya


Tufted Headboard


Tufted headboards are the most popular on the market and are highly used in fancy and glamorous styled bedrooms for their luxurious and plush look. However, they are versatile and can suit any style, from grand to modern, with the various colors, fabrics, and heights they can come in. The tufted look is achieved with an elegant headboard upholstered in simple or rich colors that will always make a statement and tie a room together.


Close up of a bed with a gold metal headboard design, fuzzy and suede decorative pillows, and accessories on the gray nightstands next to the bed.

📷 Wayfair


Metal Headboard


Metal headboards can bring a different look and feel to any room. They create an artsy atmosphere that creative minds would appreciate and they work with either industrial looks or a more softer and neutral palette. Most of the time, cuts and patterns of metal headboards allow you to personalize your headboard by attaching photos to them with decorative clips or clothespins!


A bedroom design with a gray wall next to a white brick wall with a cozy bed with a DIY unique old wood headboard.

📷 Kaycie


A close up of a bed with white bedding, a wood headboard with a layer of rattan on top of it, and two framed images of plants above it.

📷 Carina


A room with blue walls, a rattan bedframe, colorful bedding, and a printed rug on top of a larger white rug under the bed.

📷 casarosa30a


Wood or Rattan Headboard

Wood and rattan headboards have grown common in bohemian and farmhouse style bedrooms for good reason! They add texture and a relaxing feeling to any bedroom. From unique DIY wooden headboards made of salvaged or old wood pieces to beautifully crafted rattan pieces from home furniture stores, you cannot go wrong with these favorite headboard options.


A bedroom with wallpaper, wall art, and a mauve suede tufted scallop headboard behind colorful patterned decorative pillows on the bed.

📷 Paolo


A yellow velvet bed frame with a tall headboard in a small bedroom next to two black nightstands with black lamps and black and white art prints above the bed.

📷 Chloe Wills


A simple, chic, dark and moody bedroom design with tall curtains, paneled gray walls, hanging lighting fixtures by the bed, and a tufted scallop velvet headboard.

📷 Jannike Ebbing


A fun bedroom design with decorative moulding on the ceiling, hanging gold lights beside the bed, and a unique headboard made of stacked peach suede circles.

📷 Nina Takesh


Velvet or Suede Headboards


The comfort and dramatic touch velvet or suede add to a room are incomparable to any other headboard. It is unique in its texture and brings a refined and elevated pop of color while also adding drama and moodiness to your bedroom. Velvet and suede headboards present the opportunity to create an artistic chic focal point in your bedroom as these headboards can be displayed in all shapes and sizes, including tufted scallop or a fun wall of stacked circles.


A farmhouse style bedroom design with wood furniture seating and nightstands surrounding a bed with a repurposed church window as a headboard behind the bed.

📷 Joanna Gaines


Repurposed Window Headboard


Repurposing old furniture is the best way to save money and create a unique headboard idea that nobody else would have. The next time you witness somebody throw out a large window or a couple of matching ones, do not hesitate to grab them to create an easy DIY project for your headboard at home! After some cleaning, the faded paint job may be your greatest blessing because it creates a rustic vintage look that some people would pay for!


A DIY vintage headboard made of old books stuck to the wall in a simple white bedroom design with a hanging vintage lighting fixture.

📷 Kassandra


Vintage Headboard


Vintage pieces immediately give you a unique advantage because they are rare finds and not items you can find at your local store in the home decor section everyone shops at. We love this creative one of a kind DIY headboard made with a selection of old books that adds an antique charm to this simple bedroom. Not only is this headboard visually appealing, it shows off the personality of someone who appreciates literature. The headboard becomes a piece of art that is strategically placed to replace your traditional upholstered headboard. You can create this unique headboard idea with other vintage items, such as woven baskets, that you find at different places like thrift stores and garage sales!

A bedroom with large open glass windows and a dresser that doubles as a headboard with enough space to still open the dresser drawers on the other side.

📷 Turnbull Griffin Haesloop


Use furniture as a headboard


A unique headboard idea for master bedrooms is to double your furniture as your headboard. This is a great option to make the most of what you already have, but it works best if you have the space to float furniture, such as a dresser or desk, in the room with enough space to open the drawers or sit at the desk on one side and use the back of the furniture piece as your headboard on the other. A bonus is that if you add plants and decorative accessories to the top of your dresser or desk, it styles both your headboard and dresser or desk, depending on which side you look at it from!


A bedroom with green walls and neutral furniture with a large painting of swans and dragonflies on the wall behind the bed.

📷 Tim Labenda


Large Art Print Headboard


If you have fallen in love with a piece of art, simple or bold, that you think would make a great headboard, we are all for it! A large art piece that you bought or created yourself is a quick and easy headboard idea to install because you can have it resting on the floor behind your bed or hang it up off the floor with the quick hammering of few nails. This unique headboard idea shows off your personality and style and helps fill a large blank wall in your bedroom.


A close up of a bed in a simple white bedroom with white and gray decorative pillows, a gray fabric headboard, and black and white art prints above the bed.

📷 Jenna Boron


A simple interior design bedroom with a large bed in the center of the wall under the window with a neutral colored fabric headboard that expands past the bed.

📷 studiolifestyle_


A close up of a bed with gray and white floral patterns in front of tall curtains and string lights hung from the top of the wall as a makeshift headboard.

📷 Weylie


Fabric Headboard

Another fun headboard that you can easily DIY is a fabric headboard. With a staple gun to attach your preferred fabric over a piece of plywood and foam padding, you can save money and customize your headboard to any width, height, shape, and fabric of your choice. Curtains may seem limited to covering windows, but they are also useful for creating a DIY headboard idea that you would be in awe over on Pinterest. It is a clever way to spruce up your bedroom on a budget because all that is required is a curtain rod and some curtains. This unique headboard idea can transform the feel of your bedroom into a luxurious getaway or have you reminiscing about drapery from your favorite boutique hotel.


Choosing the right headboard can make or break your bedroom design. It is not only a focal point of your bedroom, but it can also be a functional piece for you to comfortably lounge in bed and relax in a space you spend a lot of time in. We get that it is a big decision, but we are here to make it a lot easier! Test out all the headboard options you are thinking of in your own bedroom with our free DecorMatters app and enjoy your new space!


An image of a bedroom with tan walls, two wooden nightstands with gold lamps, and a black and wooden headboard with decorative pillows in front behind text that reads Choose Your Headboard, Design Now.

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