25 Unconventional Headboards to Wake Your Room Up

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 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 master 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 like copper sheet, sounds 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

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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