One of the most important parts of any dorm room is the bed! Discover the DIY headboard ideas that will spice up your dorm room and leave you bed looking absolutely adorable. It’s actually not that hard to make your own headboard for your dorm room. All you need is 1) shaped wood board, 2) your fav fabric, 3) and a staple gun!
1) Classic Wood Look
Let’s start off with the classic wooden headboard look. This look is very trendy and also very easy to make. All you need is to cut out your head board and then sand it and stain it for your best results. Add a classy touch and line the headboard with your own DIY string lights.
2) Slatted Wood
This is another wooden DIY headboard idea that is pretty classy and trendy. For this cut out the shape of your headboard on one wood-piece. Then, lay slatted wood flooring pieces on the headboard. This will allow you to create the exact wood look that you would like. You could also stain or paint the wood to give it a crisp or a rustic look.
3) Slatted Wood With Lights
This type of DIY headboard requires just one extra step! If you would like lights on your headboard, attach the perfect lights that you would like on the headboard. Attach the lights to the headboard is you would to the wall and drill a hole to string cords through. This is seriously such a cool look and it does not take much to make yourself!
4) Painted Wood Headboard
This is a great look if you are going for a Pottery Barn looking headboard. You can paint this a clean white for a very clean look. But you could also use sandpaper to create a rustic and distressed look to the paint. Both looks are super cute for your dorm aesthetic.
5) Patterned Headboard
Okay, let’s talk fabric! Patterned fabric is a great way to go when you creating a DIY headboard. If you are going for a more plain bedding theme, you can add your splash of pattern on your headboard. All you need to do is cover the wood shape for the headboard and staple it to the board on the back.
6) Plain Headboard
Sometimes, the best headboard style is a classy plain headboard. Just painting your headboard a neutral color (or honestly a loud color) can be just as trendy as a patterned headboard.
7)Multi-Colored Wood Barn Door Headboard
This is such a cute headboard idea if you are going to college in south or wanting to capture the southern classy barn door vibe. All you need to do is use multi-colored wood panels and secure it on your wood headboard.
8) Animal Pattern Fabric
Adding some animal print to you dorm is so cute and well worth it. You can easily add animal print to your DIY headboard. This is simply a fabric choice and can also be attached with a staple gun to the back of the wood head board.
9) Short Headboard
All you need to do for this DIY headboard idea is to create a tall thin box structure that will be placed behind your bed and serve as both a short headboard and shelving unit (see picture). With this unique headboard, you also can use it as a shelf behind your head!
10) Headboard Shelf
It’s time to get crafty! This DIY headboard serve not only as a headboard but also as a book shelf. This head board requires extra shelving that is attached above the head. This is perfect to keep your phone and your extra books and lights!
If your college already has some kind of headboard attached to your bed already, you can create a entirely new headboard look by adding a cute cushion on the headboard. It’s probably one of the easiest DIY headboards and it is still extremely trendy and practical.
12) Dramatic Patterns
To add flare to your dorm room, you need to try this DIY headboard idea. Again, all you need to do is pick out a dramatic pattern and staple it on your headboard with a staple gun.
13) Floral Wall Art
Are your feeling extra creative? Well if you are looking to reuse a piece of wall art, you can use some pieces of wall art as a headboard too. If you secure it to your wall like it was a piece of wall art and then line up your bed with it, you can have a super cute DIY headboard.
14) Fuzzy Headboard
Fuzzy Headboards are so comfy and so cute. They are also an easy DIY headboard project. All you need is the fuzzy fabric from a craft store and staple with a staple gun on the back of the wood headboard.
15) Fake Animal Skin
One great and trendy use for fake animal skins is to cover your DIY headboard for your dorm room. You can find this type of fabric online or at a fabric craft store. Then cover your headboard with this fabric for a really cute dorm look.
16) Cushioned Headboard
One item that you can pair with your chosen fabric is a cushion. If you have a sheet of cushion, attach it in between the wood and fabric to create a more cushioned look for your dorm!
17) Velvet Fabric
Velvet is a trendy fabric that is so comfortable and cute for your dorm room. Staple this fabric to your DIY headboard for a fresh new look.
18) Mirror Headboard
This is a stylish and unique headboard that is easy to DIY! Attach mirrors to the wall behind your bed in a headboard shape. This is a DIY idea that you can experiment and get creative with. Have fun with this!
19) Geometric Patterns
Experiment with fun geometric patterns for your DIY headboard fabric!
20) Wall Art
You can also use wall art to act as a headboard visual if you’re not into headboards for sleeping! It’s super cute and ties the room together!
You are all set to create your very own DIY headboard! Use these ideas to inspire your own DIY headboard creation. Share your results in the comments!
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Julia grew up in a town just outside of Chicago. She currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee where she is a junior Creative Writing and Literature major at Rhodes College. Julia prefers to spend her days outside writing stories for others to find joy in. Other than story-telling, you will find Julia running on her college track and field team and traveling the world.