How to Make a Headboard - dummies

By Katharine Kaye McMillan, Patricia Hart McMillan

Making your own headboard can be a satisfying way of bringing your own personality to a bedroom. The following tips can show you how to make a headboard that’s quick, easy, and inexpensive. Remember, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a great look.

  • Antique shutters: Attach shutters to the wall at the head of your bed. (Antique ones from the local salvage yard add a true cottage flavor.)

    Use salvaged shutters to create a cottage-style headboard.
    Use salvaged shutters to create a cottage-style headboard.
  • Demi-canopy: Attach a curtain rod shaped like a semicircle on the wall near the ceiling, leaving a space of about two to three inches for the top of the curtain (sometimes called a curtain heading). These special rods are available at craft stores, decorating shops, and drapery makers. Then hang readymade curtains long enough to reach the floor.

  • Pillows: Above the bed, firmly install a drapery rod that extends the bed’s width. Add grosgrain ribbon tabs at intervals along one side of the pillowcases. Insert pillows into the pillowcases, and hang them on the rod as a headboard.

  • Standing screen: Place a standing screen between your bed and the wall. If the screen is unstable, you can secure it to the wall.

  • Tapestry or quilt: Hang a tapestry or quilt on the wall behind your bed. Make sure it’s fastened securely by drilling hooks into the wall or by installing a rod supported by brackets. Make sure that your hanging isn’t so fragile that rubbing against it will damage the tapestry.

  • Wagon wheel: An old wagon wheel makes a natural headboard for a boy’s twin bed. Fasten a wheel securely at the height that you like.

  • Wrought iron gate: Check out the salvage yard for an old iron gate that you can secure to the wall for a headboard. These gates add plenty of Old World charm to any bedroom.