We really need a headboard. I’ve never actually had a bed with a headboard, and I never thought I needed one until recently. I used to do more work with architecture firms, which often adhere to the the less-is-more mantra, but for the last year, I’ve been fully immersed in the world of decorating, which is all about creative uses and combinations of texture, pattern and color. I realize how much a headboard adds to a bedroom by giving it dimension, interest, scale, a focal point, what-have-you. We have a small bedroom and the way things are arranged, we don’t have space for a true headboard, which adds a minimum of three inches to a bed (that’s right, we do not have three inches to spare)! One of the projects on my long list of Things To Do For The Apartment is “make a headboard” and we have to create one with as little depth as possible. In a previous apartment, I bought a fun fabric and a bunch of cheap, mis-matched picture frames to create an affordable point of interest above the bed, but this time around, I’m exploring two different options:
Via Apartment Therapy
• purchase a piece of pre-cut plywood
• cover it in foam and batting
• staple gun rockin’ fabric on top
• attach to wall behind bed
• purchase a piece of industrial felt
• attach to wall as-is for industrial-chic look OR
• drape and pin fabric over it for a somewhat upholstered, but temporary (and potentially changeable) design
Because we live in smalls-ville, and we are on a tight decorating budget (as in, Killy, try not to spend any money on decorating, ok?), I’m not going to have the headboard cut into a fun, whimsical silhouette. But, here are some images showing fantastic, dramatic headboards, from high-end fancies to DIY masters. Enjoy!
Clearly, I’m a sucker for nailheads….
Great detail of the headboard above:
Images courtesy Traditional Home
Love the re-use of a wood door:
Via The Glam Lamb
I love how the yellow in the bathroom carries into the bedroom through the headboard
Via Living Etc.
Yay for an elegant kid’s room!
I’m always a little mixed about putting a bed right in front of a window, but this was done well
Via House Beautiful
A fantastic idea: embroider a simple headboard (like this one from Horchow) to make it one-of-a-kind!
Talk about whimsical…
Framed wallpaper is a great alternative to upholstery
Via Belle Maison
Patent leather = FIERCE
Some Trompe l’oeil stenciling:
Via House Beautiful
I know, not a headboard, but it’s one of my favorite images EVER by the unstoppable Miles Redd
Ok, also not a headboard, but it could be! It’s actually a banquette in a restaurant, and it’s FABULOUS
Banquette at Sweetiepie