The easiest way to turn a basic bedroom into a chic retreat? Add a headboard to your bed. Not only will it serve as the focal point of the room, it's also an opportunity to infuse some color and style into one of the most personal rooms in your house. And there's no need to invest in an expensive one-these six DIY projects are proof that a stylish headboard is just an afternoon away. Whether you want to frame your bed in romantic draped fabric or create a functional headboard that's packed with storage options, we'll give you plenty of ways to make your bed a special place to rest your head. Photo courtesy of Garry Wade / Getty Images.
Divide and Conquer
A fabric screen or room divider makes a grand-looking headboard. Choose one that is as wide as your bed or wider-screens that are narrower than your mattress will look out of proportion. To install, pull your bed out from the wall, flatten the screen and place it behind the bed. Be sure to center the screen if it's wider than the mattress. Push the bed back up against the screen to brace it with the bed frame. Try sites like Amazon, Ikea and Overstock.com for options, or try this DIY divider.
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To give your bedroom a luxe look, in lieu of a headboard, hang a curtain in rich fabric behind the bed. The scale will create a dramatic effect, and if you have a window over your bed, it's a stylish and clever way to block out strong morning light.
1. Mount a 1-inch flat curtain rod just below the crown molding or at the very top of the wall, centering rod between the bedposts or edges of bed. Mount support bracket midway between rod ends.
2. Measure the desired width of panel; triple this measurement if you'd like the fabric to have many folds. Measure the desired length of panel and add 5 inches. Cut a piece of fabric to these measurements, joining panels as needed along their length to achieve desired width.
3. Turn side edges of panel under ½ inch, then 2 inches; pin and press, then stitch side hems in place. Turn upper and lower edges of panel under ½ inch, then 2 inches; pin and press, then stitch hems in place, leaving a 4-inch opening in center of upper hem.
4. In middle of opening, centered in hem area, make a machine buttonhole large enough to fit support bracket. Continue stitching hem.
5. Mount curtain on rod, slipping support bracket into buttonhole.
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Work of Art
Add a touch of pattern or a pop of color to your room by making a headboard out of an artist's canvas, which you can find at must stores. Choose a sheet or large piece of fabric in shades that coordinate with your bedroom decor. Be sure the fabric is a few inches longer and wider than the canvas frame. Cut a large piece of batting to the same dimensions as the fabric. Wrap the canvas with the batting and the fabric, and staple to the back of the frame. To hang, hammer a row of nails into the wall using a level, and rest the headboard on the nails. If you get tired of it, just change the fabric to create a whole new look.
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Case the Joint
For sneaky storage-and a substantial-looking headboard-consider using a low and wide bookshelf as the centerpiece of your bed. Not only will it give your room a finished look, but it will provide the perfect spot to stash magazines and reading glasses before bed. Choose a bookcase that is as wide as or wider than your bed to keep the proportions on point. If the bookcase is wider than your mattress, be sure to center your bed against it. Use the bookcase's lower shelves that are hidden by your mattress to store unsightly or rarely used items. When you need them, just push the bed out of the way.
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To add color and personal style to your room, create a photo headboard. It's an unexpected way to display your favorite pictures or art prints, and frees your bedside table from space-hogging picture frames.
1. Sand a hollow core door (available at HomeDepot.com); remove dust with tack cloth. Apply a coat of primer to all surfaces; let dry.
2. Apply two or three coats of paint to all surfaces, letting dry after each coat.
3. Measure and mark desired placement of photos. Using tape on the backs of photos, attach them to door where marked.
4. Center a clear acrylic sheet (available at HomeDepot.com) over each photo; screw into place at each corner.
5. Screw large picture hangers to back of headboard, several inches from upper edge near each side. Slip wire through loops, pulling taut. Wrap wire ends around center wire. Trim excess.
6. Attach nail to wall above center of bed; hang headboard on nail. (Be sure the picture hangers, wire and nail are heavy enough to carry the weight of your headboard.)
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Hang in There
Like using a headboard, hanging art-a single piece or multiple canvases-above your bed will make it the focal point of the room. Use a series of framed prints, or make your own art: Glue scrapbook paper to foam-core ( PearlPaint.com) in uniform shapes and sizes and finish by Super-Gluing a ribbon around the edges. Check out different ways to hang multiple photo or art frames here.
Photographed for Woman's Day by Keith Scott Morton
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