Bedroom 041

Published on May 15th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


hey, hey it’s headboard day

after 2 years my sultan bed is still headboard-less. i’ve been toying with the idea of painting a mural instead of mounting a headboard … but that would depend on how motivated i get. these are some ideas i could use though, should the paint job be too painful.

tracy’s pax headboard
“our grand headboard is actually 2 pax wardrobe doors that we turned on their sides and air-nailed to the wall,” she lets us in on the secret. “we were lucky enough to find the doors at a second hand store, but even bought new it’s a cheaper alternative to any headboard i’ve ever seen.” the curlies above the board add a nice touch.

melissa’s surreal headboard

this may be the closest thing to painting a mural. a definite maybe. i just got to find the right picture that i can wake up to every morning.

melissa tells us how:

“i uploaded a photo i took of Central Park to downloaded and printed the resulting pdf.

mounted the mural with krylon repositionable spray adhesive so that it can be removed from the walls of my rental.

hung a ikea lill curtain with the dignitet curtain ring with clip to some silver metallic pushpins hammered directly into the wall. then, simply enjoy my new room with a view!

shane’s padded malm headboard
shane liked the malm but wanted a headboard that was taller and padded so he could sit in bed to read or work on his laptop.
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as a result he also had to reposition the bedside tables.

Hacked Malm headboard and nightstands.
see more of shane’s padded malm headboard on his blog or flickr photoset with notes.

miguel’s recycled vika headboard
miguel took an old vika amon table top and hung it horizontally as a headboard for his bed.
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no fuss. pretty clean. see more of miguel’s headboard.

[added 28 May 2008]

a wicked wicker headboard
curtis does a headboard too, with the an ikea wicker room divider (name unknown) hung horizontally.


see his flickr set for instructions and more photos.

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7 Responses to hey, hey it’s headboard day

  1. Anonymous says:

    What Kind of paper is used in the mural picture hack? Plus where did you get all those pictures printed at?

  2. JNW says:

    @ Justin:

    The spray adhesive isn’t really glue. After you are done all you need to do is pull of the pictures and wipe down the wall with a damp cloth.

  3. Justin says:

    i love the image thing, but i am curious as to the best way to hang(?) the image on the wall. I am in an apartment and don’t want to GLUE it, but tape juts seems kind of tacky. Any other suggestions?

  4. erin says:

    i love the malm hack! does anyone know if ikea sells separate extra headboards???

  5. So many interesting ideas for headboards! The imagination is the limit, one thing that I am not happy about in my home is the bed, it´s very comfy but not very stylish:-)

    Hugs from Singapore

  6. Jimmy says:

    i guess i’m old fashioned, but i like the look of curtains hung behind my bed (the bed sits up against a window) and the curtains are floor to ceiling. gives a look of grandeur i think. ( link )

  7. Liz says:

    I’m happy to see these hacks, as I’ve been hoping to make an inexpensive headboard.

    Anybody interested in making a giant image, like Melissa, should visit It’s a lot like blockposters, but it has a downloadable program for use on your computer. That might allow you to use a larger file and have better resolution. The gallery is a lot of fun.

    Tracy’s pax headboard is nice, too. I might see if I can find an old hollow door and use that, instead. I think you can find them for $30 or so.

    Keep up the good work! Great ideas, guys. I had started by looking at some DIYs for tufted headboards and gotten overwhelmed. You’ve found some creative solutions that aren’t nearly as intimidating.

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