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DIY headboard ideas to try at home

Panelled DIY headboard painted in Lick Beige 02 paint shade

WordsMegan Lambert


A dramatic headboard is a surefire way to make a statement in your bedroom, but buying a new bed can be quite an investment. So, if you’re looking to upgrade your sleeping quarters take a look at these 4 DIY headboard ideas to try at home. We promise you, they’re DIY and beginner-friendly.

DIY headboard idea: wall panelling

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re a bit obsessed with wall panelling. There isn’t a room we don’t like it in—but have you ever thought about using wall panelling as a headboard? It’s a great way to add texture to a neutral bedroom.

We love how @fallonpowellhome has created a zen Japandi-style bedroom by painting her walls and panelled headboard in our grounding Beige 02. Whilst @krystaltrips proves you can create a sophisticated look for less, in Greige 01.

Or what about @edwardian_love’s White 03 batten wall panelling as a headboard? We love this painted look but think it would also be gorgeous left bare, for a Japandi style bedroom.

If you want to create your own DIY wall panelling headboard, take a look at these guides on our three favourite styles: batten panellingboard and batten panelling, and shiplap cladding.

DIY headboard idea: paint a headboard onto the wall

A great example of colour blocking, painting a headboard on your wall is not only a cost-effective decor hack, but it’s a gorgeous colourful bedroom idea. But you don’t have to use all-out colour - try going for a neutral colour to create a subtle headboard effect. 

According to Tash Bradley, our Lead Colour Specialist, “a painted headboard adds a visual focus to a bedroom, adding height and depth, so it works really well in new builds or properties without period features”.

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