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These DIY headboard ideas with plans are simple enough that you can make them over a weekend. Check out the list of over 200 best (well organized) ideas.

There are few home projects with such a significant impact on decor as a DIY headboard. It transforms the bedroom, and it can make or break your entire interior design. That’s why, if you’ve decided to save some money and create your headboard, you have to take it seriously. And we’ve come up with this article as your ultimate guide to building the best headboard you can make yourself.

From rustic farmhouse headboards to modern fabric tufted ones, from simple projects for your bed to headboards with shelves, lighting, and storage. We have a tutorial and plans with instructions for each and every type of headboard that you can use to make your own. Read through it to find the materials, tools, and considerations needed to take on such a project, then choose the right tutorial to make it really easy for you. Let’s get crafting!

How to Make a DIY Headboard?

Look, here’s a quick recap. It depends on how complicated you want it to be. A headboard can be as simple as a wall-mount embellishment (it’s a faux thing), it can be a simple woodworking job too. On the other hand, you can go as far as creating an intricate design (upholster it with fabric) and adding lighting or built-in nightstands. This tutorial on how to build a headboard on Instructables as a basic as it gets and it’s a good start for the project.

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Headboard plans by Ana White

Materials to Consider

You can use literally any material you like to create your DIY headboard. If you’re looking for a headboard that is comfortable because you enjoy sitting up in bed, then you should go for a fabric headboard. Fabrics such as suede, plush, satin and so on are all comfortable materials or fabrics to sit up against.

However, if you’re looking for a headboard that looks great and you have no intention of sitting up in bed and reading or using your laptop or cell phone, then you should instead go for a wooden headboard. Wooden headboards look fantastic however they, not the most comfortable when it comes to sitting up in bed. Other types of headboards that are great for aesthetic appeal but not comfortable would be glass, metal, and headboards that have storage or shelves in them. These types of headboards are more for the appearance rather than practicality and functionality.

Tools Needed

If you are planning on creating a DIY headboard, you are going to need a large, sturdy table to work on. You will also need an electric drill, electric screwdriver, table saw, hand saw, sander, sandpaper, nail gun, foam, paint, buttons and any other accessories that you feel will make your DIY headboard better.

Skills Needed

You don’t need to be a professional to make your DIY headboard. However, you will need some basic skills. It’s a very good idea to know your way around a woodshop, and you need to know how to make use of saws, drills, and screwdrivers. You also need to have a good handle when it comes to measurements and alignment.

Overall speaking, you also need to have an eye for what looks good and what doesn’t. After all, the goal is to create attractive headboards, not ones you want to hide in your basement or woodshop. So when it comes to making DIY headboards, you also need to be able to follow instructions. This skill is especially handy if you are using an instructional video for guidance.

Do an ample amount of research into the available materials, styles, designs, and trends in DIY headboards. Use our extensive list of tutorials above. However, if the idea of merely copying what others do is not appealing to you, all you need to do is add your own unique or custom twists to your DIY headboard.

Ultimately, the more unique it is the better it is for you. Once you have a handle on making a DIY headboard, you should keep attempting it. Try coming up with unique designs and concepts. Each masterpiece can be used in each bedroom of the house. You can also start giving samples away to family and friends, and who knows, this could turn out to be a great side income for you. If you have the passion and determination to create DIY headboards, don’t let anything stop you.

If you need something more from this project, you must check out the categories below.

King Size

king size wood headboard

King Size Headboard by Little Bit Funky

These are the DIY king size headboards (the biggest size) and they require special measurement. If you want to make a headboard for this particular type, these plans are the perfect fit for you. (20 ideas)

Queen Size

queen size headboard

Queen Size Headboard by The White Buffalo Styling

These are the most popular headboards. A DIY queen size headboard will fit most bed frames, including twin XL. It’s easier to adjust the measurements for your custom needs using these plans too. (22 ideas)

Twin Size

IKEA Hack Stikwood Headboard

Twin Size Headboard by Sugar and Cloth

These DIY twin size headboards are for the smallest size beds which can fit one person. They are usually designed for small spaces and includes storage and shelves to make a functional piece of furniture. (12 ideas)


Freestanding Wood Headboard

Wooden Headboard by A Piece of Rainbow

Wooden headboards are one of the classic home woodworking projects and it’s an easy one at that. But don’t take our word for it. Check out a wide variety of DIY wood headboards you can try and build at home. (34 tutorials)

Fabric Upholstered

floral pattern upholstered headboard

Upholstered Headboard by Emily Henderson

Headboard upholstered with fabric add color to the bedroom and that’s what we want. It’s a beautiful accent to have and it makes a big statement. No wonder top designers like Emily Henderson use them a lot in their interiors. These are our ideas for a DIY upholstered headboard. (33 ideas)


tufted headboard with nail trim

Tufted Headboard by Dorsey Designs

Opting for a tufted headboard is a classic choice. Such a headboard adds softness, color, and lots of beautiful appeal to bedroom decor. And if you want to build it as a DIY project, here are our DIY tufted headboard ideas. (23 tutorials)

Pallet Wood

Pallet Headboard

Pallet Headboard by DIY Cozy Home

The pallets are the most available material for your DIY projects. Chances are you’ve already built something from it. So why not make a headboard too? We have some great creative DIY pallet headboard ideas in store for you. (20 tutorials)


rustic pallet headboard

Rustic Heaboard by Remodelaholic

Rustic is all the rage right now so if you’re making your headboard from lumber you will love making it in this style. It’s a cozy and homey style that everyone finds endearing. If you make it right, everyone will go crazy about your handmade bedroom accessory. Check out these gorgeous DIY rustic headboard ideas that we have. (13 projects)

With Lights

headboard with lights

Headboard with Lights by Live Simply

Do you like reading before sleep? You probably already have a nightstand lamp but a headboard with lights can be a much more functional. It’s especially useful in small bedrooms where a nightstand might not even be an option. Lights can also have decorative value. Check out these tutorials for DIY headboards with lights. (16 projects)

Storage with Shelves

Do you have a tiny bedroom where storing things is a problem? Did you know you can use your headboard for extra room? That’s right, the bed is no longer the sole savior of confined places. Check out these brilliant ideas for a DIY headboard with storage shelves. (6 projects)

Wall Mounted

cushion wall mounted headboard

Wall Mounted Headboard by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Wall mounted headboards are the most creative on the list. You can use a wide array of materials to create one. And you can use them even in the tiniest spaces (you only need an empty wall). So check out these unique DIY wall mounted headboard ideas. (11 tutorials)