These before and after photos demonstrate how a headboard can dramatically change the look of a room. Photo courtesy of Maru C. Wilson at Rooms for Real Living.
A beautiful headboard can up the style quotient in any bedroom, and luckily, there's no need to spend a lot to get serious chic appeal. There are many different styles of headboards that are easy and relatively inexpensive to make.
"The headboard is a focal point," says Maru C. Willson, interior redesign specialist and owner of Rooms for Real Living in Oceanside, Calif. "It helps establish a decorating theme and almost always dictates the style in a room."
In her quest for the one-day makeover, Willson has created many headboards from bits and pieces found throughout a house or the local home center. Sonya Wardwell, an interior designer in San Diego, Calif., and owner of Sonya's Design Studio, says she also believes in the power of quick fixes. "Small projects, like a new headboard or pillows, can make a big change without having to spend a lot of money," she adds.
Photo courtesy of Maru C. Wilson at Rooms for Real Living.
Considerations for Your DIY Headboard There are a few key tips to bear in mind as you scout for decorative elements to use as a headboard. First, choose items that can be mounted flush against the wall; this will provide a more comfortable surface to lean against and help minimize the risk of hitting your head. Keep the scale of the headboard proportional to the size of the bed.
Coordinate the headboard with your bed linens and the other decorative accessories in the room. A theme can help tie together the look of your bedroom. For example, in a garden theme room, a portion of white picket fence might create a pretty headboard. Most importantly, ensure that the headboard can be mounted securely against the wall to avoid accidents.
Designers recommend first choosing the bedspread or comforter, which usually has the most color and personality in the room, and using that as the inspiration for the headboard. Proportion is critical to good design, so carefully measure the width of your bed before deciding on a style. Here are some ideas.
Upholstered Headboards Upholstered headboards are a good choice if you're looking for comfort; they work well as a bolster when you're reading in bed. The style coordinates with