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20 Cool Headboard Alternatives

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Headboards add character and style to the room. In the bedroom a headboard helps fill in that awkward wall space above the bed. It makes the room look more finished and adds detail to it. Some beds may small headboards or even not have them at all so if you are seeking for a creative solution here are the twenty cool headboard alternatives.


Shutters have texture and detail that can add a lot to the bedroom wall. Shutters can be used in their worn out state for a shabby chic look or freshly painted to fit with the room’s color scheme. These can also be used vertically or horizontally depending on your preferences.


Big framed mirrors make for great headboards. For a more classic look go with the gilded frame mirror. If you want a shabby look go for a distressed antique lot. Beside giving the bed a finished look the mirror will enhance space and light in the room.


Doors are popular as headboards as well. They can be found in various sizes and styles. The doors can be repainted or stripped of unnecessary parts and used only as frames. Before transforming the old doors into a headboard make sure they fit with the bed’s size and the room’s style.


Aiming for a coastal bedroom decor? Paddles emphasize the sea/beach theme and make for great wall decorations. Different size paddles can also be arranged and used as a headboard in a coastal bedroom.


Want a soft headboard? Use several rows of throw pillows to create one. The can be one color with the wall or you can create a pattern using different color pillows.

Folding Screens

Folding room dividers come in different decorative designs and patterns so they can make for beautiful headboards. There are various screens that can be used for it. For a more airy look go with patterned screens but if you want to add a picture to the wall choose a screen with depictions.


Mantlepiece can be transformed into a headboard and used to display objects right there as well. Matles are commonly quite decorative so it makes them a perfect alternative for a headboard.

Picture/Artwork/Mirror Frames

Frames or framed pictures and obects can be used as an alternative to a conventional headboard. Decorative frames are good by themeselves and can add a lot to the bedroom design.

Twigs & Branches

Use what nature gives. Gather up broken branches and twigs from the back yard to create an eco-friendly recyclable headboard. Use colorful thread to tie the twigs together in a random pattern to achieve assymetric headboard.

Signs & Posters

Vintage signs or posterscan add a touch of history and nostalgia to the room. It is a great addition to a vintage style bedroom.

Wood Pieces

Reclaimed wood, drifted wood and other wood pieces are great headboard alternatives. The natural design and finish will add fresh touch to the decor while a lacquered wood piece will also make for an impressive headboard.

Wall Decor Arrangements

If headboards decorate the wall then wall decor can make for a headboard if there isn’t one. Use pictures, plates, gerbarium and other wall decorations to create eye-catchy arrangements as an alternative to a headboard.


Paintings add a lot to the room design so it’s a great way to use them both as headboards and important decor elements.


Silhouette headboard provides with a sense of detail while requiring no actual detail. The best part of such headboard alternative is that you can have (paint) a headboard of your dream.


A curtain headboard can add a dreamy feel to the bedroom, but it can also add a splash of color to it. Patterned curtain headboard will add detail to a neutral bedroom.


Shelves provide surface for storing and displaying things. Use this feature to create a decorative headboard with pictures of family and other display items.


A mural is a great way to decorate a wall but it can also function as headboard. It can be printed on wallpaper or fabric or painted by an artist on the wall beside the bed.


Crates make for various home decorations and furniture items. Headboard is one of those things that can be created out of them. Unfinished gray crates add a rustic industrial feel to the room.


A piece of wallpaper can easily add a pop of color and detail to the room. Why not use it as headboard? Choose wallpaper design that will fit your bedroom style. Determine the form and shape of the headboard you would like to create and simply install the wallpaper headboard at the bed head. You can install it directly on the wall or a thin wooden panel.

Old Garden Gates

Small old garden gates sometimes look like headboards in old beds. This is a great opportunity to recycle the old garden gates and use as an alternative to a headboard in a dreamy bedroom.

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  1. Daphne
    October 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Very interesting headboards, love the creativity.

  2. patty
    March 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    brilliant ideas love it!

  3. chris
    June 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Would love to know the origin of the headboard under the “picture/artwork/mirror frames”.

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    June 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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  5. Vickie McKinney Russell
    October 25, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Love all of it. From shabby chich to glamorous.


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