Fabric, scrap wallpaper, unused bookcases, spare blankets – materials you may already have at home or cost next to nothing at your local home improvement store – can be used to give your headboard a quick redo. Updating the “centerpiece” of your bedroom, a guest room or a child's bedroom can be an easy task, if you're up for the creative challenge. Here are some DIY tips to help you get started
An affordable alternative for a headboard is carpet tile. You can usually get sample squares of tile – for free – from your local carpet store. Use a knife to cut your preferred size and shape. Glue the pieces to thin plywood, then screw the plywood into your wall, or simply adhere the tiles directly to the wall behind your bed. You can even use different colored squares to create any pattern you choose.
If you plan to use ceramic tile with mortar, you should attach the tile to cement board then follow the manufacturer’s instructions to properly attach the piece of board to your wall. If you’re not using mortar, you can glue the tile directly to your wall.
If you fancy a fabric headboard, the options are infinite. To create a romantic scene, drape fabric from a hook or frame hung over the bed. For an elegant canopied look, hang curtain rods from the ceiling and hang your favorite fabric from them.
Felt or fabric flowers are also an inexpensive way to complete a cool floral redesign. Simply staple the flower heads to plywood in any pattern you choose or attach the flowers directly to the wall behind your bed to create the look you want.
Wallpaper, rugs, clothing and even bookshelves are also ideal for giving your headboard a hot new look or creating an entirely new piece. Use a plaid shirt, throw rug, your favorite wallpaper or any material you want to reimagine on your headboard. Simply wrap the material around your existing headboard until you get a snug fit and secure it with three or four staples. Placing a simple, but functional, bookcase behind your bed is a great way to revitalize your sleeping quarters while keeping your favorite novels or DIY guides within reach! If you don’t already have these items around your home, they can be found at just about any discount store and they won’t break the bank.