A trio of painted closet doors dresses up a plain bed. To start measure your bed to determine the number of doors you will need. (We used three doors for a full-size bed.) Next, use painter's tape to mark off stripes. Paint all the stripes of one color. After the paint has dried, remove the tape. Repeat the process for each color. Once all the stripes are painted and dry, attach the doors with hinges or brackets on the back, lean against the wall, and brace with the bed frame.
Easy Canopy Headboard
Create this dreamy headboard from a DIY cornice, window treatments, and a padded board. To make the padded headboard, choose a piece of plywood the width of your bed, top with a layer of foam, cover with fabric, and secure to plywood with a staple gun. Find the center of the padded headboard and attach curtain panels to the wall at the center point. Use MDF to make a cornice. Cover the tops of the window treatments with the cornice. Arrange the panels to frame the padded headboard and pull back with window treatment hooks.
Create an alphabet headboard from letters found at crafts stores or flea markets. Choose a variety of letters, sizes, and fonts for an interesting display. Arrange letters graphically or spell out words.
Fabulous Fence Headboard
Add country charm to your bedroom with a fence headboard. Make this cute headboard from a salvaged chain-link gate. Dress the fence with a sheet of fun fabric or a quilt, and lean against the wall.
Rustic window Headboard
Two single window panels are the perfect alternative to an ordinary headboard. To get this look, find windows that measure approximately the width of your mattress. Remove the glass and install fiberboard or thin plywood over the back for safety. Cut fabric to fit each section and secure it in place with spray adhesive.
Wall Decal Headboard
Add a touch of whimsy to any smooth-surface wooden headboard by adhering simple wallpaper decals. For an unexpected windblown effect, we carried the colorful leaf-motif decals from this headboard right onto the wall. To apply similar delicate stickers, slowly peel away the backing while smoothing the decal onto the surface. Once the design placement is permanent, burnish the decals using the edge of a credit card.
Shelf Padded Headboard
For a new take on an upholstered headboard, hang a bench cushion by its ties from wall-mounted hooks. Top the hooks with a piece of over-door molding, which you can find at a home center. To create a tufted look, sew covered buttons to the cushion with ribbon, poking both ends through the bottom of the cushion. Pull the ends tight and tie.
Canvass Wallpaper Headboard
Create a custom headboard that rises to the occasion by covering an inexpensive artist's canvas with fabric. Just pull the fabric tightly across the frame and secure with a staple gun. Then prop the canvas behind your bed -- no power tools required. When it's time to change out your bedding, simply re-cover the canvas with new coordinating fabric for a fresh look.
Three Doors Tall
Create this headboard by stacking three hollow-core doors horizontally and coating them with matte black paint. A chandelier, also painted black, hangs nearby as a bedside lamp. Punchy red in classic patterns lends charm to the sleek setup.
Picture This Headboard
Favorite black-and-white photos make a sleek, contemporary headboard. Select photos and enlarge them at a copy shop to fit 16-x-20-inch black frames from a craft store. To get more color, we used a green archival art paper in the frame and trimmed the photos with decorative-edge scissors.
Add a bit of display space by hanging a painted shelf on the wall over a bed. We flanked ours with a pair of columns from a salvage yard. A lower shelf acts as a nightstand with a handy clock within easy reach.