Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ten Budget Headboard Ideas From Recycled Items

A fabulous headboard can add drama and focus to your bedroom. But what if you don't have a fortune to spend? You may already have to makings of a headboard around your home or in your local thrift shop. These headboard ideas are made for ordinary items, but have extraordinary impact.

Use pillows. Attach drapery rings to the edges of three or four matching pillows. Slide the rings over a drapery rod attached to the wall just above the bed and have a padded headboard formed by the hanging pillows.

Use an old discarded door. If you want a classic wood look, sand and stain the door to match existing furniture. Or paint the door and distress for a more vintage look. If the door is paneled, the panels can be painted a contrasting color, stenciled with elegant designs, or decoupaged with fabric or handmade papers.

Use a section of wooden picket or wrought iron fencing behind the bed. The sections can be painted and fastened with bolts or hooks. For a more feminine look, weave thick satin ribbon in and out of the pickets and attach with bows at the edges.

Use garden trellis sections. You can decorate with fabric and ribbons for a Country French look or simply paint.

Use old window frames. Leave old painted window frames as is for a distressed look. Or frame coordinating (or contrasting) fabric for instant art that brings a room together. If you can find wallpaper with an outdoor scene, frame the scene to give the illusion of a window looking outdoors.

Use folding screens. An elegant folding screen with fabric or painted panels can be easily attached to the wall or left standing for a simple headboard solution. A black wrought iron screen against a wall painted with dramatic color is a dramatic look.

Use vintage napkins, placemats, or old silk scarves. These pieces can be hung on curtain rod which is attached decorative rod holders just above the bed.

Use scrap plywood or MDF covered by cedar siding or wood flooring. The headboard will have a rustic, lodge look if covered by cedar shakes or a more traditional look if covered by tongue-in-groove flooring.

Use framed photos. Create an arrangement of photos grouped by size, frame color or theme to give the illusion of a headboard above the bed.

Use a vintage quilt or thrift store tapestry. Mount the fabric over a shower curtain or café curtain rod using curtain hooks with a clip bottom. This looks great in a country or European-style bedroom.

Tiles, strips of fabric, bookcases, the back of an old sofa, a large poster or wooden shelves can all be used to fashion a headboard. There are hundreds of items around your home which can be recycled into a headboard and cost little or nothing. Earth- and budget-friendly - what could be better than that?

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