One of my very first decorating projects was a DIY headboard. Furniture can be expensive, and there are so many ways to make a headboard, that it seemed like the perfect place to dip my toes into the DIY waters! It made a big impact in a sad little bedroom, and gave me the confidence to go on to more and more projects. One of the reasons that it was my first is that it is an easy way to make big impact. These DIY headboard ideas are all simple tutorials with tons of step by step directions. These have come a long way from my first attempt! If you have a bedroom that needs a little update, then pick one of these out, get off to the store for supplies, and get to DIY’ing! It doesn’t matter if it’s your first DIY project or your 100th. Your bedroom will thank you. Promise.


10 Easy DIY Headboard Ideas You Can Make


DIY Headboard Ideas

Plywood Headboards

Anika’s DIY Life’ made this DIY headboard out of one sheet of plywood, some 2×4’s and some really pretty gel stain. It has a modern look to it, but still looks warm and inviting.


Another plywood DIY headboard tutorial comes to us from ‘Classy Clutter’. This headboard project used inexpensive plywood to create a faux “live edge” look. Simple instructions and super pretty.


We found this amazing minimalist plywood DIY headboard idea over at ‘Roomed’, but we couldn’t find the tutorial. (Might be because there was no English to be found? :)) So we went out and found an almost identical one over at ‘Mr. Kate’, with step by step instructions.


Believe it or not, this woven headboard idea from ‘Lowes’ is also made using plywood! This look is elegant without being stuffy, and not expensive to make.


Ikea Headboard Hack

We are in love with this faux brass DIY headboard from ‘Sugar & Cloth’. And apparently, so was a local magazine! This is actually an Ikea hack, but you could use any white melamine board as well. Their secret for the gold metallic look? Go jump on over and find out! (Spoiler: It’s super easy!)


Wood Slat Headboard DIYs

This headboard idea from ‘The Merry Thought’ is super inexpensive, but looks high end. They used cheap wood furring strips to make the wood slat look. That’s it!


Here is another wood slat DIY headboard idea from ‘Liz Morrow Studios’. They used 2×2 lumber, but you could also use furring strips like the tutorial above.


Headboard Pillow Idea

This DIY headboard idea isn’t really a serious project… more like hanging pillows on a wall behind the bed. But look! From ‘Sarah Sherman Samuel’, this simple idea makes the room look cozy and finished, without having to pull out the power saw.


Geometric Modern Headboard Plans

If you love West Elm, you will love these modern headboard plans from ‘Ana White’. From cut list to step by step directions, these free plans will have you building this headboard and/or bed for much less than you would pay for in a retail store.


DIY Wood Headboard

A Piece of Rainbow’ made this simple wood headboard, and they have a complete tutorial. Including tips on how to choose lumber that is safe, and pretty. Nice Monstera plant by the way!

We’re pretty confident you found at least one of these amazing headboard ideas that will work for your bedroom! (And remember,  you can make one for every bedroom!) We think you will definitely want to check out our post on DIY Bed Frames and Charming but Cheap Bedroom Ideas. Also check out our post on Shared Bedroom Ideas for Kids over at OhMeOhMy!

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  1. Maria April 5, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Nice ideas! Thank you for sharing. I love all of them.

  2. Cemre March 3, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Everyone is good but this headboard pillow idea is something new I like it so much..

  3. Cemre March 18, 2021 at 3:14 am

    This buffalo paint is really good…

  4. Rachel April 22, 2021 at 3:34 am

    Absolutely love these especially the woven one, it’s stunning!


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