Beds themselves are decidedly not broke-ass, trust me, I’m in bad need of a new mattress and shopping for one is beyond depressing and involves a lot of cussing, drinking and procrastinating. However, bed accessories like bedding and headboards are much easier to DIY, and so much more fun to plan for. For example:
Neat, right? Headboards don’t have to be part of a frame, and they’re super easy to do with minimal supplies. Check it:
Stickers: I’m a big fan of those stick-on decals and stickers; they’re an easy upgrade for tons of things like file cabinets, etc., etc. They also work great as a “headboard” – yeah, not really supportive or soft, but great for minimalists or those working in small spaces that won’t accommodate a bed frame. Just plan out, peel and stick. Can’t find any decals that are working for you? Check out some stencils instead.
Paint: Even just painting a simple geometric block behind the bed can make a difference, but there are more artful options. Trace out a designer headboard and paint it in, add a mirror to a painted headboard, paint a solid color and then add decals or stickers, drip paint down a plain headboard or door.
Fabric: You can also pin and drape fabric above the bed and headboard – just attach curtain panels to the wall, then drape down.
Cushions: This works out great if you’ve already got a mantle shelf nearby (otherwise, you’ll need to score a shelf of some kind, dig?) your bed. Just screw in some pegs, then sew some ribbons to your cushions and hang.
From Scratch: If you want something a little more like a traditional headboard, you can make your own from scratch – it’s a simple three step process: score some board, fabric, and foam padding. Lay the padding down, cover with fabric, then staple gun it down.