Living without a headboard needn't give you an inferiority complex - as long as you make it look intentional. There are lots of reasons why you might find yourself living in a headboard-less bedroom: lack of space is a common problem (especially in Toronto condos), could be that your style has changed and getting rid of the old bed was a good idea, or maybe you haven't seen anything you really like, or your decorating budget is tapped out.
Whatever the reason for having a blank wall behind your bed, let's fix it.
1. Hang artwork
I don't miss the headboard at all in this lovely monochrome bedroom. I love how dynamic it feels yet really pulled together. Leaning art against the wall is something I'm seeing more of lately.
Image by Norsu Interiors
Inexpensive ledges, like these from Ikea, can be ganged up to run the width of the mattress. Artwork is easily swapped out since nothing is attached to the wall, but unframed art can look good too as long as it's sturdy enough to self-support. I also like the clamp lights here for extra space-savings, but plug-in wall sconces would work nicely too.
Image by Domino
2. Architectural salvage
Reclaimed and found objects make spectacular headboards. I'm a fan of Aberfoyle and The Door Store in Toronto for architectural finds like old doors, windows, and ironwork. But I've also spotted pretty carved screens from India at Home Sense. If you are going on a scavenge for architectural objects, keep your measurements handy and bring a tape measure. You'll want to know the dimensions of your bed, ceiling height, how much depth you can accommodate and any electrical outlets or window sills in the way.
Image from houzz
3. Use fabric
Drape a gorgeous length of fabric over a rod and install behind your bed. For a bohemian look, use a richly patterned tapestry tack it to the wall loosely instead of using a rod.
Image from Urban Outfitters.
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4. Use a window
It's OK to put the bed in front of a window! A change in layout might be all you need to do to buy some time while you ponder your headboard options.
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