Whether you are just starting out in your first home or you simply want a change in your bedroom, there are many creative alternatives to a standard headboard. Art, salvaged materials and other objects can create a unique accompaniment to the bed.
Salvaged doors or a grouping of old windows mounted to the wall behind the bed make a very stylish headboard alternative. Discarded shutters made into a folding screen or antique moldings are a great addition to the vintage bedroom.
Use salvaged wall panels to add dimension and character to the bedroom. Mount them on the wall and maintain their original patina or paint them.
Display a grouping of framed photos or artwork for a very personal touch. Paint a mural on the wall, creating a wonderful world surrounding your bed.
Choose a favorite fabric or one that coordinates with your bedding and hang it from a wall-mounted curtain rod above the bed. A tapestry or colorful throw could be used as well. This is something that can be changed seasonally or whenever the mood strikes.
For a cozy cottage feel, display a group of old frames on the wall. Mix different sizes and shapes for maximum impact. For a truly special look, use an old mantel or place your bed in front of a non-functioning fireplace. The mantel top provides a great display area.
Floor mirrors are a chic and dramatic alternative to the headboard. They can make a smaller room appear larger and brighten up a dark space.
Get creative with other objects, such as boat oars or books. Use a collection of boat oars and drape them with fishing net and buoys for added coastal flair. Use old shutters, replacing the slats with padded fabric. A group of books or magazines adhered to the wall and opened to your favorite passage or photograph gives the bookworm a special treat.
Install a chalkboard in place of a headboard and write notes on it. This is a great idea for a child’s room or a guest bedroom. You can remind your children to make their beds or leave a nice note for overnight guests.
There are endless possibilities for creating alternatives for the headboard. Add whimsy, character and style with vintage objects or go for a completely out of the box idea by creating your own headboard. Give your bedroom a creative boost with something other than a standard headboard.