25 Unconventional Headboards to Wake Your Room Up

Interiors & Decor

Choosing the right headboard is a critical decision when designing a bedroom. The advice I always give to people on where to start with a bedroom overhaul is with the bed. It’s the natural focal point of the space and is also the most important piece of furniture in the room, and possibly your entire house. After all, we spend more than 1/3 of our lives in our bedrooms and a room without a headboard can feel bare, incomplete, or even unfinished. Not only is it (typically) a bit of a financial investment, it’s also one of the first things you see when you walk into the room and when you awake each morning.

Now that we’re slowly emerging out of the baby haze and into a more sustainable sleeping routine, Joe and I are looking to completely redesign our main bedroom. We’ve placed our bed on three different walls in our room, and unfortunately, we have more room for storage if we place our bed under a window and next to a radiator. It’s hardly an elegant solution, but there are practical needs that need to be addressed. Since realizing we needed to make this compromise,  I’ve been pondering and exploring out-of-the-box headboard options. I’m definitely on the hunt for something new and different this time around. For example: creating a headboard made of vintage books or working with a metal sheet like copper both sound exciting to me. Yet, with two children under two frequently in our bed now, I will probably choose something a bit more comfortable and child-friendly. In case you too are looking for your dream headboard, I’ve pulled together my favorite unconventional headboards that are far beyond the status quo. Which of the following 25 styles could you see going up in your bedroom?!

Double Doors

Floral Mural

Classic Bookshelves

Statement Wood Piece

Velvet Wall-Length Shelf

Wall Weaving

Cushion Hung with Leather Straps

Modern Leather

Bohemian Wicker

Chalkboard Wall

Decorative Pegboard Wall

Wicker Peacock

Tommy Bahama Themed

Hanging Foliage

All-Natural Hemp


The Minimalist

DIY Wood Board

Artistic Wood Board

Intricate Bohemia

Pegboard Panel

Side-Angle Rustic Bookshelf

Bookshelf Crates


Etched in Gold

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BY Kate Arends - March 18, 2018

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Love the look of the classic bookshelves and the statement wood pieces! Very minimalist, very simple, but works so well, especially if the bedroom isn’t big to begin with! 🙂

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

March 19, 2018 6:17 am

Oh my gosh, such a amazing ideas. I adore the pegboard ones, because I feel like you can switch them up so easily, but at the same time would love a wicker or wall tapestry as my focal point – so calm & natural. I’d also love to try the stunning book one, what a treat for the eyes. Looks like I am going to need more bedrooms!

Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

March 19, 2018 8:36 pm

The wallpaper and hanging foliage are my favorite! But I think that’s because I usually don’t like a busy headboard, preferring the pillows and throws to be the stars.

Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

January 20, 2021 11:18 am

The hammered head board is such a great idea

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