DIY Headboard: 25 Ideas To Tie Your Bedroom Together

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!

Find the plans at The Rehab Life on YouTube

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.

Find the plans at Crafted Workshop on YouTube

Reclaimed Pallet Headboard

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.

Find the plans at Thinking Closet

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!

Find the plans at Chris Salomone on YouTube

Reclaimed Window Headboard

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.

Find the plans at Liz Marie Blog

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.

Find the plans at Homedit on YouTube

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.

Find the plans at Haley’s Corner on YouTube

Natural Wood Slice 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!

Find the plans at The White Buffalo Styling

DIY Herringbone Headboard

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.

Find the plans at I Spy DIY

DIY Painted Geometric Headboard

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!

Find the plans at The Weathered Door

Faux-Tiled Headboard

Faux Tiled Headboard

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.

Find the plans at Sweet C’s Designs

Upcycled Wood Pallet Headboard

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.

Find the plans at TheCuttingBored on Instructables

Slipcovered Headboard

Slipcovered Headboard

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!

Find the plans at Martha Stewart

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.

Find the plans at Handyverse on YouTube

DIY Planked Pallet Headboard

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.

Find the plans at Shanty 2 Chic

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!

Find the plans at Brit + Co

Backlit DIY Headboard


This DIY backlit headboard will add some ambiance to your room and doesn’t cost a fortune, either!

Find the plans at Aja Arrow on YouTube

DIY Book Headboard

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.

Find the plans at Design Every Day

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!

Find the plans at Country Living

DIY Faux Brass 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!

Find the plans at Sugar And Cloth

Cedar Shingle 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!

Find the plans at East Coast Creative

Home Depot Rustic Headboard


This DIY rustic headboard from Home Depot looks like an expensive custom headboard without the high price tag!

Find the plans at Home Depot on YouTube

Quilt Headboard

Quilt Headboard

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!

Find the plans at Martha Stewart

Under-$50 Upholstered 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.

Find the plans at Kaleidoscope Living

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!

Find the plans at The Unprofessional on YouTube

Written by Leigha Staffenhagen

Leigha Staffenhagen is our managing editor. When she isn’t writing and editing for Insteading, she’s reading, going to Mariners games, practicing yoga, tap dancing, weeding in her grandma's garden beds, and attempting to grow her own apartment garden.

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