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Anyone who has ever tried to outfit their bedroom knows that bedroom furniture is not cheap. So what do you do if you are short on cash, yet long for a stylish room? You do-it-yourself, of course.

There are a few things to consider before you begin. Think about your decorating style. Are you looking for something as a short term solution or are you looking to invest the time and energy into making a headboard that will last your for the long haul. How much time and energy do you really want to spend making a headboard? Do you want to make your headboard from items that you already own, then look around your house, garage, or attic at things that you have laying around that could be repurposed.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Think beyond the metal scroll screen. There are many types of screens out there that can suit your own personal taste. You can even use vintage shutters hinged together.

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An old door can be made into a fabulous headboard that will be the focal point of your bedroom. You can sand and paint the door.

Or even leave it in its found state for that rustic, shabby chic look.

By now we have all seen how a section of picket fencing can be made into a quaint headboard that is perfect for a little girl's garden themed bedroom. But what about for a little boy? Look at this headboard made from baseball bats! I know quite a few sports minded little boys who would love this.

An interesting and contemporary twist on the traditional upholstered headboard. This can easily be recreated with 12" x 12" squares of plywood that you upholster yourself in fabrics that coordinate with your bedroom. Another twist on this would be to buy 12" x12" stretched canvases and paint them. I have also seen identical picture frames used as a faux headboard. Each frame was matted and had black and white family photos. While I thought it looked nice, I am not so sure I want to have my children's faces in 12" x 12" hanging right there over my bed. But maybe that's just me, I don't know.

Turn an old fireplace mantel into a unique headboard. I love that there is then a shelf above the bed for decorating.





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