Weekend Project: Headboards!

March 19, 2020

Even if you’re not the handiest DIYer, one weekend project that can be not just quick, but easy-in-a-day, is a do-it-yourself headboard. From Pinterest and HGTV to the DIY network, we found how-tos and tutorials to create unique décor for the head of your bed. And whether your tastes lean toward elegant, country farmhouse, eclectic or flea market chic, one of these headboards is likely to appeal to you!

Implied and Painted Headboard DIYs

Applied to the wall above your bed are these super easy projects that are more like artwork than a hammer-and-nail project with wood and fabric are these impressionistic or implied headboards. Take Liz Marie’s Blog example of old windows – four of them to be exact, adhered to the wall in symmetrical fashion to suggest a headboard.  

We love this YouTube video tutorial by Sherwin Williams that shows you, in fast motion (good thing there’s a pause button!) how to paint a geometrical design on the wall to add a punch of colorful style. It’s easy enough to do in a day and you can pick the colors to match your bedding or your PJs! If you let the video segue to the next one, you’ll find even more ideas and how-tos for your bedroom wall(s).

This has to be the EASIEST headboard imaginable – not to mention the most inexpensive – a little paint, a little painter’s tape, and a paint roller and you’re done. We’re giving Paper n Stitch credit for this one – but take a look at all the trimmings – pillows, wall decor, and everything, including furniture and accent furniture adjacent to your painted “headboard”.

Upholstered and Tufted Instructions

If you can operate a stapler, you’re well on your way to the skills you need for this DIY upholstered headboard from blogger Corey at Hey There Home. She used a pegboard as the core, so she didn’t have to guess exactly where the tufted buttons should go! Her tutorial includes a step-by-step with a list of supplies. No sewing required for this one, just a fabric, some batting and follow her instructions!

Thrifty Décor Chick shows you some Pottery Barn-inspired tufted headboard shape ideas to consider. From the simple Redcliffe, to the more sophisticated Cavendish, find the silhouette that works for you. This thrifty chick used men’s suit fabric and trimmed in nail heads. Blogger Sarah is pretty handy with a staple gun and bargain-shopped her way to elegance for less than $100.  

For more upholstered inspiration, from barely-there looks to attention-getting statement headboards, you’re bound to find one that speaks to you among this curated collection at Better Homes and Gardens.

Headboards With Clever Constructs

The Sleep Judge curated over 50 DIY headboards that display both some inventive imagining and a good deal of time and energy! From uneven pallets, to doors and picket fences, you’ll see pretty much anything goes in this survey of head-of-the-bed décor. The fireplace mantel looks like it was made for the bed it heads, and the rustic ladder hung lengthwise, doubles as shelving.

Marty’s Musings salvaged some louvered shutter doors and repurposed them with spray paint under chalk paint. Perfection isn’t required when chalk paint is the media, and the sanding gives the doors a distressed finish. The total cost of this headboard was more or less just the cost of the paint! 

Wooden Headboards for DIYers

If you ARE handy with power tools, Ana White will give you a run for your money in the headboard department! From a farmhouse headboard (with instructions for king-size) to a beadboard headboard for a kids’ twin bed, you’ll find materials lists, tools needed, cut lists, measurements, diagrams and cutting plus general instructions. For the veteran DIY these might be weekend projects – for the DIYer in training, maybe more.

The DIY Network and Pinterest are always chock-full of information and inspiration, as is Better Homes and Gardens, including weekend headboard projects for kids’ rooms!

DIY Weekends in Southshore!

The garages and patios in the new homes in the family-friendly community of Southshore offer lots of spaces and places to DIY a weekend project! Take a tour of the brand new homes from Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers and take advantage of Life at the Lake. These ranch and two-story designs are priced between the $400s and the $700s, AND, are close to everything you might need: shopping, recreation and entertainment!