Are you tired of your old headboard? Don't have one at all? Dress up the focal point of your bedroom with a homemade headboard. It will be completely unique to you; no one else will have one like it. Here are some ideas to help you begin.
Stenciled design. Do you have a plain, wooden headboard? Give it a new look with a coat of satin furniture enamel. Then use stencils in your favorite patterns to create a unique design on the painted board.
Hanging canopy. Frame a plain headboard with a homemade canopy of fabric. First, measure to determine the amount you will need; then, shop for a fabric that you love. Make a wooden cornice, or use an item you already own, and attach the center of the fabric to the wall underneath your cornice. Pull the ends back and around the headboard with curtain hooks.
Closet doors. Paint closet door panels in stripes, polka dots -- whatever you like. Make sure to measure and determine how many doors you will need. Then attach the doors with hinges or brackets, and brace them behind the bed with the bed frame.
Metal screen. You have likely seen paneled screens used as separators; why not place one behind your bed to take place as the new headboard? Clean it up by painting a solid color block on the wall behind it.
Contemporary chic. For a sleek, modern headboard, buy a piece of plywood from the local home improvement store. Sand the rough edges, stain it and protect it with a sealer. Then place it behind your bed.
Tromp l'oeil. Create the illusion of a headboard without actually purchasing one. Stencil the design directly onto the wall behind the bed, to create a real-looking work of art. Give it a three-dimensional effect by using a two-layered stencil.
Artist's canvas. Rather than painting the canvas, though, cover it with patterned fabric. Pull it tight, and secure with a staple gun. Take it a step further by coordinating the pattern and colors with your bedding.
Fabric panel. Soften up the headboard by covering with with batting, muslin and a layer of cotton fabric in a pattern or color of your choice. Make sure to pull each of the layers taut before securing them.
Salvaged pieces. Reclaim architectural pieces, like old fireplace mantels, to hang above the bed. Depending on what you use, it might be able to double as storage or a display area. For a distressed look, leave the piece as-is -- or distress it even further.