If you don’t have a headboard on your bed, you’re just starting out with your first apartment or you want to furnish a little-used guest room, you might not want or be able to make a major investment in furniture. The following ideas will help you create a great look that’s easy, fast and inexpensive. (Note: No matter how you create your headboard, always be sure it’s secured to the bed frame or wall.)

PAINT

Outline in pencil on a wall exactly where you want your faux headboard to go. Be sure to use a straight edge to create straight lines. Tape off the lines with painter’s tape and fill in the headboard area with the color of your choice. In just a few minutes, and for less than $10, you can have both a headboard and a colorful focal point for your bedroom.

CURTAINS

Hang curtain panels or fabric panels at the top of the ceiling behind the bed. Or create a canopy with the curtains. With a few hooks, some cheap fabric panels and a step ladder, you’ll have a soft, luxurious headboard in a snap.

View of a guest bedroom featuring oar headboard and colorful accent pillows. A headboard made from salvaged materials can add tons of charm and unique style to a bedroom. Photo Credit: DIY Network

DIVIDERS

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Room dividers can make instant headboards. A plant trellis is another headboard option. Put two or three wooden ones together and paint. For a canopy-style headboard, look for an inexpensive plant arbor. Many garden centers and discount home stores carry these, and they can be quickly converted into a headboard.

DOORS

Old doors create beautiful headboards for beds. Hinge two antique doors together and stand them behind a bed. Or, turn them on their side to create a headboard. Screw the door directly to the wall or mount it to some scrap lumber legs and bolt into the bed frame. Or, take two dirt-cheap hollow core doors and hinge together. Then paint, wallpaper or upholster for an inexpensive custom headboard.

SHUTTERS

Tin ceiling tiles give the appearance of a quilt in a decorative framed headboard made from salvaged materials can add tons of charm and unique style to a bedroom. Photo Credit: HGTV

Pick up three or four shutters and hinge them together. Be sure to anchor these to the wall so that you have a firm headboard to lean against. Paint them to match your bed linens and you have a smart, beachy-casual headboard.

ARTWORK

Try placing four square prints into a diamond and hang over the bed. Or, look for metal wall hangings to go behind the bed for a faux headboard. These can be found in home décor stores and in some garden centers. Fabric wall hangings and tapestries can also be employed as makeshift headboards.

FOOTBOARD

Many times a footboard is the perfect headboard option, especially for beds that need to fit beneath a window. They make a great headboard stand-in.

A headboard made from salvaged materials can add tons of charm and unique style to a bedroom. In this space, a Donna design uses a sign -- reclaimed from a dump and brightened up. The end result is a whimsical, one-of-a-kind headboard. Photo Credit: HGTV