This is hard to believe now, but for too many years, the only headboard project we featured on DIYNetwork.com was made from chain-link. It’s still here, with a cult following, even rumored to have been tweeted by an edgy celebrity highlighting, ahem, alternative styling rather than the original design, which was for a boy’s room.
Recent years have seen a sea change in headboard projects, videos, styles and options. And with the upcoming holidays bringing bedrooms and guest rooms into focus, why not take the opportunity to build the headboard you’ve been wanting (or at least steal the look)?
If price is your main concern, but you still want projects that are fun to put together with original styles, then look no further than below, where tree branches, reclaimed wood and even T-shirts can be converted into conversation pieces — explaining why this headboard gallery is also our most popular.
Reclaimed and reused objects are perfect mediums for headboards, where screens, signs and shutters — among other items — can transform into headboards simply by mounting them on the wall.
Practical and chic, there are a number of ideas for headboards that bring a sophisticated feel to a room with materials like fabric, bookshelves and framed artwork.
Bold style statements can be made through rustic painted wood (our most popular headboard how-to), nails and canvas board or bright paint with decals. You can even make a slipcover for an existing headboard, and of course all these headboard projects are easy on your budget.
I hope highlighting these photo galleries makes finding your DIY headboard inspiration easier, and if you need more ideas you can always take a look at the 2,057-and-counting(!) Rate My Space headboards. Below, Dan Faires demonstrates the ease of creating a high-end-esque headboard with just painter’s canvas and carpet tacks.