20 Stylish Headboard Designs That Will Finally Convince You to Get One

It's the focal point of every room.

Updated 08/28/19
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When it comes to decorating your bedroom, a fresh can of paint, new throw pillows, and window dressings work wonders for transforming a space. But it's the headboard that ties it all together. It's the first thing you see when you walk through the door and depending on the design, it can dress up a room or make it feel cozy. 

Whether it's the product of a weekend DIY, repurposed from an antique market or bought at a well-known home store, a unique headboard can change the entire vibe of any bedroom. And because we want your room to be as Insta-worthy as possible, we're rounding up 20 unique headboards that will tie your entire room together.

For The DIY Decorator:

If you consider yourself a whizz with a glue gun or a master of the power drill, these DIY headboards are the inspiration you need to turn your bedroom into a workshop this weekend.

The Mile-Long Headboard

Honestly, you may never find a design piece more eye-catching than this upholstered headboard that stretches from wall to wall. Tufted in an avocado green suede, this statement-making headboard gives the room a '70s glam feel. And in case you think it might be something you can DIY for your own bedroom dimensions, you'd be correct. This tutorial via Design Sponge proves you can bring some major glam into your bedroom in a weekend's worth of work. Plus, her printed fabric choice gives the headboard a whole new look.

Repurposed Wood Headboard

Wood palettes are the little black dress of the interior design world. You can dress it up or dress it down, and it's the perfect go-to for any DIY project. Removing the slabs of wood and repurposing them as a headboard is not only unique; it's the perfect addition to any shabby-chic, farmhouse decor. Once you've assembled your shape, leave the wood as is, or grab a can of paint or stain to give it a whole new look.

The Pallet Headboard

Another way to repurpose old wood pallets is to fill in the gaps with extra panels until there are no spaces in between each of the slabs. If you fancy, stain the wood for a totally different look, but truthfully, we prefer the natural, weathered effect, like the photo above. Prop the pallet up against the wall, behind the bed, using the top as a shelf for books, plants, and miscellaneous accessories. The green and brown décor ties the look together, making it feel like a secret garden oasis.

The Woven Headboard

If you have an ounce of weaving skills, here's your chance to put your mastery to work. If not, this tutorial by Better Homes & Gardens will have you looking like a pro in no time. With an existing headboard foundation, or some steel conduit, and 1,000 or so feet of rope, you can have the most unique, bohemian headboard around.

The Cozy Wool Headboard

Ever heard the danish expression "hygge?" It's the style (or an attitude, rather) that celebrates coziness, warmth, and an overall sense of feeling joy while staying in. This DIY headboard screams hygge, and all you need is some wool yarn, latch-hooking canvas, wooden posts, and a couple of hours. Head over to Treasures and Travels for the full tutorial.

The Plant-Based Headboard

If you're currently only working with a basic bed frame, we suggest you bring in the greenery and turn your bedroom into a nature escape. Hanging a shelf above your bed frame will draw the eye up, and as plants and vines grow longer, they will act as a living headboard. You can even wrap vines around your frame to take the look one step further.

The Built-In Headboard

This one by far requires the most amount of skill and time but just think of the final payoff. This built-in headboard acts as a storage ledge for books, art, flowers, and more, plus it comes complete with a cubby that acts as a side table.

The Tapestry Headboard

Whether you're looking to accentuate an existing headboard or set up a makeshift version, look no further than a beautiful tapestry. Opt for a carpet or a thick canvas if you have one, but if not, a beautiful scarf or swatch of fabric would look just as impressive.

The Statement Wall Headboard

Who said you need a headboard at all? Instead, skip the headboard and invest in an intricate wallpaper. Making the wall behind your bed a focal point will eliminate the need for a traditional frame, without looking completely bare.

The Slatted Headboard

This chevron-shaped headboard constructed with slatted boards is not only beautiful and totally custom, it will only run you $70. If you have a weekend to spare, you can find the entire tutorial on Vintage Revivals.

If You're Looking to Buy:

If shopping for home décor is your cardio, you can still purchase a headboard that boasts a unique design, without having to dabble in the construction of it. Shop 10 of our favorites below.

blush pink geometric headboard
KIM SALMELA Zane Headboard, Blush Velvet $1,115
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The Glam Headboard

This blush pink headboard with geometric lines is just what every glamazon needs in her bedroom. It makes for a glamorous backdrop to any bedding, and will instantly make everything in your room feel more elevated. Pair it with crystal accents and faux fur textures to complete your look.

emerald green velvet headboard
Article Sera Headboard $699
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The Luxe Headboard

If you liked the green velvet headboard from earlier, but refuse to try your hand at a DIY version, this emerald option is just the stoppable item you've been looking for. Go with walnut-colored wood accents for a room that feels expensive through and through.

Art Deco design headboard
Willa Arlo Interiors Sheryl Open-Frame Headboard $226
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The Art Deco Headboard

Although this design is relatively minimal, the Art Deco design is surprisingly striking. Pair it with metallic accents to stay on theme, or dress it down with all-white décor for a minimalistic approach.

rattan peacock headboard
Bungalow Rose Shop Hirst Rattan Petal Open Frame Headboard $450
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The Ultimate Boho Headboard

Fit for a bohemian princess, this peacock-shaped rattan headboard adds that wow factor to any bedroom. Dress it up with loads of pillows, Moroccan rugs, plants and fluffy textures.

hanging headboard
Burke Decor Headboard in Dark Grey & Caramel design by OYOY $299
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The Hanging Headboard

This modern upholstered headboard adds a certain edge to your bedroom, but the light pink and caramel leather design feels feminine and approachable. Pair it with bright white bedding and natural textures for a warm and inviting atmosphere.

rose printed headboard
Winston Porter Wilmore Box Seam Upholstered Panel Headboard $317
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The Printed Headboard

What's the one thing that can make a printed headboard feel more dynamic? Pairing it with more prints. Go for a maximalist feel when you incorporated a patterned wallpaper and some patterned textiles. If the more-is-more approach is in line with your design philosophy, we found your perfect headboard.

white velvet scalloped headboard
Cost Plus World Market Velvet Channel Back Deco Upholstered Headboard $500
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The Retro Headboard

If you're inspired by vintage finds and period pieces, this scalloped headboard is the item you've been searching for. The velvet upholstery feels straight out of The Great Gatsby and the shape lends itself to every retro design from Mid-Century Modern to '70s glam.

rattan feminine headboard
Mistana Shop Patton Open-Frame Headboard $670
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The Über-Feminine Headboard

This intricate headboard is fit for a goddess. With floral embellishments, feminine lines, and a natural material, this rattan showpiece fits in perfectly with a variety of design styles from bohemian to beach chic.

storage headboard
Ikea Brimnes Headboard with Storage Compartment $100
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The Storage Headboard

While this headboard might look plain and totally inconspicuous on first sight, the sides actually provide tons of storage space for those who live in tight quarters. And the best part is, this white paneled design can transform to fit any existing decor you already have.

antique looking headboard
Joss & Main Jeffery Panel Headboard $264
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The Farmhouse-Friendly Headboard

If you're working with a farmhouse or antique-inspired decor, this headboard gives your bedroom a weathered design that you usually get from thrifting and DIY projects. Pair with lace fabrics and tons of candles for a romantic feel.

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