There’s something about a headboard that ties a bedroom together. A set of fresh sheets, a fluffy duvet, and a decorative bed frame are important bedroom elements, but a headboard is the icing on the cake.
Typically, though, headboards come with a hefty price tag: You can end up spending anywhere from $300-$1000 on a quality headboard. If you’re on a budget but still want to take your space to the next level, there are a variety of DIY projects that can save you some cash.
Whether you’re looking for an upholstered headboard, a rustic reclaimed-wood option, or something with a more modern flair, we’ve compiled some of our favorite DIY headboard plans.
$20 Rustic Headboard
With easy-to-follow instructions, this rustic DIY headboard is a good option for the beginner woodworker. And for under $20, you’ll save a ton of money as compared to the store bought options!
DIY Live-Edge Epoxy River Headboard
If you’re looking to add a headboard that is a true work of art, check out this live-edge epoxy option. Made out of cherry wood, this project is ideal for the more experienced woodworker.
Reclaimed Pallet Headboard
A list of DIY projects just isn’t complete without a pallet project! This reclaimed pallet headboard celebrates the unique details of individual pallets by leaving gaps between the planks. Add some lighting behind your headboard for a warm ambient effect.
DIY Modular Headboard
With less than one sheet of plywood, this modular headboard comes together in just an afternoon. And to really tie the look together, check out Chris’ DIY modular bed!
Reclaimed Window Headboard
If you’re a fan of “Fixer Upper”, chances are you’re a fan of repurposing old farmhouse windows. Pair four windows together, and you have yourself a one-of-a-kind headboard that’s both gorgeous and sustainably sourced.
DIY Wood Headboard With Built-In Lights
Made out of six pieces of pinewood, this DIY headboard features built-in lights that look super expensive but are easy to install yourself! Opt for Edison bulbs for a more rustic vibe, or choose sleek, minimalist fixtures for a modern feel.
DIY Tufted Headboard
Tufted headboards are a traditional style but can get spendy at the big box stores. Check out this tutorial for a $35 wall-mounted headboard.
Natural Wood Slice Headboard
To add a natural, rustic feel to your space, check out this wood slice headboard. Mix different wood species for a one-of-a-kind look. You’ll definitely feel some cozy cabin vibes with this one!
DIY Herringbone Headboard
Herringbone is a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon, and it’s because of gorgeous designs like this one! All the supplies for this project cost under $150, and you can make it more sustainable by using reclaimed wood.
DIY Painted Geometric Headboard
This geometric headboard will add some artistic flair to your space without costing you an arm and a leg. For under $100, this project requires only four pieces of wood and a bit of creativity!
Though this headboard may look like its made out of custom tiles, it’s actually made out of faux foam tiles! This is an easy do-it-yourself project that would be best suited for renters or dorms.
Upcycled Wood Pallet Headboard
For a smaller wood pallet headboard option, check out these plans. Made out of five pallets, the builder of these plans recommends mixing up the wood pallet colors to add a bit of variety.
Perhaps you have an older bed frame with a worn out headboard. Add some of these slipcovers, and you’ll have a totally updated bed without scraping, sanding, or painting!
Pallet Headboard With Dimmable Lights and Floating Shelves
For less than $100, you can have your very own headboard with lights and floating shelves. Customize it with light fixtures and a wood finish that matches your other bedroom furniture.
DIY Planked Pallet Headboard
For a more finished pallet look, consider this planked headboard from Shanty 2 Chic. In this project, they opted to use one type of wood and stain them a variety of colors for a look with lots of variety.
DIY Pegboard Headboard
The best part about this pegboard headboard is how versatile and customizable it is! Add some color, secure it to the wall, and customize to your heart’s desire!
Backlit DIY Headboard
This DIY backlit headboard will add some ambiance to your room and doesn’t cost a fortune, either!
DIY Book Headboard
Celebrate your love of literature with this DIY book headboard. Hit up your local thrift store and create a headboard that is as colorful or as neutral as you want.
Repurposed Door Headboard
You can find a salvaged door for around $25 and with a bit of paint, you can turn it into a one-of-a-kind headboard!
DIY Faux Brass Headboard
The return of mid-century modern design has brought back brass details in interior design. But brass can get expensive! Achieve that same look with this DIY faux brass headboard!
Cedar Shingle Headboard
This cedar shingle headboard is the perfect farmhouse-style bedroom addition that isn’t super spendy. You could put this together in a few hours, too!
Home Depot Rustic Headboard
This DIY rustic headboard from Home Depot looks like an expensive custom headboard without the high price tag!
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a ridiculous amount of quilts that your grandma has made you over the years. Rather than letting them collect dust in the closet, why not put them on display where they can serve as a makeshift headboard!
Under-$50 Upholstered Headboard
For under $50 you can create an upholstered headboard that ties your space together in a matter of hours! Not to mention, you can customize it with whatever fabric matches your current decor.
DIY Woven-Canvas Headboard
Have an open bedframe that’s just meh? Check out this DIY woven canvas headboard project to bring some texture and design to your space!