Making the storage headboard requires materials such as plywood and tools including a circular saw and a miter saw. The Lowe’s project can be done over the weekend, and it’s best if you have an intermediate skill level.
Add comfort. Pillows provide a soft buffer between you and a bookcase headboard. They can also introduce pattern and color. “With the addition of an extra long body pillow, it softened the surface nicely,” says Jo Torrijos, an Atlanta DIY blogger and stylist. “Plus, if you're anything like me, you'll have at least half a dozen pillows on your bed to create a cushioned oasis.”
A wide bookcase like this is the perfect size to go behind a full-sized bed. “There's just enough room to access storage on either side,” says Atlanta DIYer and stylist Jo Torrijos, who blogs at A Simpler Design.
Although DIYer Dena Stormer used new materials for this headboard, the way she finished it gives it a vintage, thrifted aesthetic. She used wood panels to create the six-foot-by-four-foot headboard that’s massive enough to fit her king-sized bed. For an extra touch, she added one-by-two’s to the edges.
For her DIY headboard project, Atlanta homeowner Amanda Macy Hall and her husband, Josh, cut a piece of medium-thick foam and adhered it to their existing cherry wood headboard using spray glue. Once the glue set, they sprayed the front of the foam with the glue and wrapped the headboard with the large pre-washed drop cloth. They pulled it tight and created crisp corners, like when wrapping a gift. Using super strong fabric glue held the corners and seams in place, she says. “This was an incredibly inexpensive project that was quick and easy,” she says.
For this low-budget DIY headboard project, a jigsaw is needed to cut the shape of the top into an arch. Lowe’s describes this round-top headboard project as requiring intermediate skill and says it can be accomplished in a weekend.
Go cabin chic with this rustic custom headboard project from Lowe’s. The DIY design assembles thin 1-by-3-inch strips of pine wood in a chevron pattern to create a woodsy focal point for your sleep space.
Steal from elsewhere in your home. Atlanta DIYer and stylist Jo Torrijos, who blogs at A Simpler Design, used a cotton striped tablecloth to recover a headboard that was once a colorful chevron pattern. The result is a beach-inspired bedroom for guests.
Comforters and quilts can work in all parts of a bed. Rachel Greathouse, a metro Atlanta designer, used an old plaid, patchwork-style comforter to cover the headboard for her son’s navy and white room.
When couples combine furniture, sometimes major pieces, like a bed, need to be freshened up. Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who blogs about home decor and DIY projects, transformed a queen cherry sleigh bed that belonged to her husband, Josh, with upholstery. She used a cheap drop cloth and a roll of brass decorative nails. “I love the look of the drop-cloth, a beautiful natural color with subtle texture, and the nailheads bring the added style that helps to tie it to the rest of our room.”
By pairing crisp white accessories like bed linens, a nightstand and a lamp, this transitional master bedroom is able to remain bright and airy despite olive-colored walls. The custom DIY headboard, pillows and bedspread are neutral, helping to tie the room together.
Turn a bookcase into a headboard. Jo Torrijos, a blogger from Atlanta, transformed a freebie bookcase from a friend into a functional and fashionable headboard in this bedroom. “Since I need room to store books, magazines and styling props, using this as a headboard provides plenty of storage and also doubles as nightstands where I can place a pair of lamps and any other bedside necessities,” says Torrijos.
While trying to complete a quick design, Jo Torrijos, a design blogger at A Simpler Design from Atlanta, revamped an old black bookcase by painting its top, sides and front edging only to save time. She used Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue chalk paint to contrast with the dark paint on the inside of the bookcase. “To 'transform' this into a headboard, I left all my styling bits in place, and simply moved the bed in front of the bookcase,” says Torrijos.