9 DIY Rustic Headboards (You Can Make!)

So “rustic” rhymes with “romantic”… ok, not really, but it should because they go right together! Which makes them a perfect combination in the bedroom, right? Decorating, I mean.  😉 What better way to bring those two things together than DIY rustic headboards?! We’ve got some great tutorials, pick one to make, or use them to inspire you to do something all your own! Seriously, these headboard projects could totally transform your bedroom… Totally. How many times can you change your headboard in a year and still be considered sane? 🙂




DIY Rustic Headboard Tutorials

This rustic headboard DIY from ‘I Spy DIY’ is so freakin’ pretty! The herringbone pattern makes this look very expensive, but it is pretty easy to make. (Therefore, saving big bucks!)


If you really want to do a DIY rustic headboard right, then find out how to make a headboard out of barn doors for less than $50! ‘Little Yellow Wheelbarrow’ tells you exactly how they did it. Is this not the most romantic look?


Six Clever Sisters’ made a really lovely herringbone rustic headboard out of free pallet wood! They have great tips on how to choose safe wood for your project. If pallet wood isn’t accessible, cheap lumber can work as well.


This wood and tufted headboard from ‘The Craft Patch’ has a rustic quality to it, but still is elegant and sophisticated. The velvet fabric plays off the wood in such a nostalgically pretty way!


For a light and bright look, try this DIY farmhouse headboard tutorial from ‘Sincerely Marie Designs’. They even added some swing arm reading lamps to make this project look custom and high end.


Brook at ‘Being Brook‘ has this tutorial for her rustic wood headboard, and what I love about this one is that she gives you a step by step for this really cool, and incredibly easy aged wood finish… She used an Ana White plan for the headboard itself… we love Ana! Free woodworking plans for anything!



Jump on over to the ‘Liz Marie Blog‘ and check out her antique window headboard idea! You don’t even need power tools for this! She gives a great tip – they polyurethaned the frames so they don’t have chipping paint all over their bed each morning… We have that problem with the DIY faux fireplace we made from an old repurposed window… we sealed it ( we thought!) with a clear sealer spray, but it wasn’t enough. You need the poly…



So you want to build a pallet headboard, but have  absolutely no idea what you’re doing? Np, just go see Lauren at ‘The Thinking Closet’. This is one of the most thorough and complete tutorials I’ve seen on working with pallet wood, and the headboard turned out amazing!



We thought we would inspire you with more headboards from old doors… and we are starting with this drop dead gorgeous bedroom and headboard by Maria from ‘Dreamy Whites‘. Ok, go to her site. Even if you have no intention of building a headboard, go. Now. Soak up the amazing romantic feel, the inspiring photos, and then when you are done drooling over her every room, come back here, and get some more DIY headboard inspiration!


Did you just love these DIY rustic headboards? Then go check out our other post on 16 DIY Headboard Ideas and DIY Murphy Beds! Also read our post on DIY Headboard Ideas over at TBD!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


    • Kathy Woodard
      December 20, 2016 / 11:56 am


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