Do you really need a headboard for your bed? If you live in modern construction, probably not. The genesis of the headboard is in fact practical, not aesthetic. Historically, headboards served to protect the sleeper from the cold drafts of poorly insulated walls. Putting a wooden headboard between the bed and a brick or stone wall forced cold air toward the floor, instead of over the bed.
Though a headboard may not be a practical necessity nowadays, a headboard can bring big design impact to a room. It can create a focal point, as well as tie the bed in with the rest of a room’s decor. And though you may not need it as a barrier for drafts, a headboard can indeed be practical. If you love to read in bed, an upholstered headboard can provide extra comfort in an upright position. A headboard created with storage cubbies makes a place for books, clocks, and the rest of your sleep routine essentials.
You can DIY a headboard nearly as easily as you can buy one. And if you’re on a budget, there are a multitude of DIY headboard design ideas to make on the cheap. You can repurpose a door for a headboard, or make an easy upholstered headboard with plywood, batting and fabric. Get some inspiration and check out our favorite DIY headboards from around the web.