DIY FRIDAY: Headboard…It’s a Lot Easier Than You Think

A beautiful headboard can make or break your bedroom design. It can create visual interest, tie together multiple elements and make a room look complete. Without a headboard, a bedroom can look empty – but so will your wallet if you purchase a headboard from the store.

Headboards are expensive, typically costing hundreds of dollars. Luckily, they’re also one of the most approachable DIY furniture projects. The options are endless and because of the simple construction, they are easy for new do-it-yourselfers to tackle.

Here are a few examples of what you can do with some creativity, the right materials and a little help.

This headboard is inspired by “Mad Men.” (Photo credit: Jamie Antonioli)Tufted headboard

When Jamie Antonioli, a California photographer with a passion for DIY furniture, first saw a tufted headboard on the 1960s-set TV show “Mad Men,” she knew she had found her headboard.

“I saw the Drapers’ turquoise tufted headboard and decided that I had to have one just like it,” Antonioli said. “I had just graduated from college, and was broke, so there was no way I could afford a piece of custom furniture. My dad and I like to do projects together, so he suggested that we try to make one.”

At that time – about four years ago – there weren’t many options for tufted headboards. Antonioli believes she saved more than $1,000 off the prices she saw, though she says tufted headboards have grown in popularity and may be more affordable now. There are plenty of tutorials around, and Antonioli’s can be found online as well.

Moroccan design

Would you believe that the headboard pictured at the top is actually made out of doormats? The doormats, a little paint, wood and ingenuity were all it took to make this headboard, which is actually a knockoff of a popular but somewhat pricey brand.

Crafted by Kara Paslay, an interior designer out of Tulsa, Okla., the simple tutorial appears on her website. The total cost hovers around $100, a savings of about $200 to $300 off purchasing one.

A headboard of shutters

The shutters for this headboard were a $5 thrifting find. (Photo credit: Kiki Comin)This headboard cost DIY blogger Kiki Comin just under $25 to make. With the help of her husband, it only took one afternoon to assemble; a tutorial is posted on her blog, Kiki and Company.

“It actually came together really easily,” she said. “We had planned it out prior, so we knew what we wanted. All it took were the right measurements and luckily, we got those right the first time.”

A friend grabbed the shutters at a thrift store for $5 and gave them to Comin, who got to work immediately with a few extra pieces of wood, paint, some screws and a crown molding.

A few tips from the pros

If these designs aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, there are hundreds of DIY headboards out there and lots of friendly designers, bloggers and crafty men and women to guide you through building your own.

1. Be exact with measurements. You don’t want to run out of materials or make an uneven headboard. Don’t get too frustrated if you do make a mistake – that will happen, especially if you’re new to creating your own furniture.

2. Take your time. Don’t rush through a project just to get it done. You will minimize mistakes and build a product you’re much happier with than something slapped together.

3. Don’t go it alone. Headboards are large and cumbersome, and without a little help – someone to hold while you nail – the project may get out of control relatively quickly.

Source: Ilyce Glink is an award-winning, nationally syndicated real estate columnist, blogger and radio talk show host, and managing editor of the Equifax Finance Blog. Follow her on Twitter @Glink.

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2 responses to “DIY FRIDAY: Headboard…It’s a Lot Easier Than You Think

  1. I love the headboard of shutters idea. This would work great on my present bed

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