DIY wall mounted headboards

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DIY wall mounted headboards
Wall-mounted headboard above bed. (bed with desk in the corner of the room image by David Smith from

Today it is common to see artwork, doors, panels, pieces of wood, fencing, gates, fabric, drapes, photographs and almost any imagined material converted to decor as a wall-mounted headboard. This is a transition from headboard as furniture in a bedroom set to headboard as decorative art creating a focal point of the bed.

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Things you need

  • Theme
  • Headboard
  • Tape measure
  • Removable hooks
  • Hook and loop tape
  • Cleat system

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    Select a theme for your bedroom. If you selected a rustic theme you might find an old door, gate, planks or bit of iron work. You might go further and decide you want natural branches or plant materials twisted and bent into interesting shapes. Any of these would qualify as rustic and your challenge might be deciding the best way to mount your headboard to the wall.

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    Determine the best location for the bed in the bedroom. Usually this will be the longest wall and often it will be the wall opposite the bedroom door so that you are looking at the bed from the moment you enter the room. Measure the wall to determine the best location for the bed on that wall.

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    Identify challenges to mounting a headboard on the wall. If the wall is masonry, like concrete, brick or tile, then it may be difficult to drill hangers into the masonry materials. Other challenges may include short and high windows, odd niches in the wall, poor wall quality or restrictions in your rental contract to make holes in the walls. A headboard should be at least 15 cm (6 inches) wider than the bed and it should start at the top of the mattress and rise at least 30 cm (12 inches).

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    Attach removable, non-penetrating hooks or hook and loop tapes for lightweight headboards on walls with no-hole rental restrictions. Limit your choices of headboard materials to those that are within the typical weight ranges of these non-penetrating mounting devices.

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    Choose flush-mount cleat style mounting systems for larger, heavier mounts with headboards such as ironwork, gates, doors, panels, mirrors, large paintings, large metal art, and heavy decorative elements. A cleat style system is a wood board cut along its length at a 45-degree angle or an interlocking metal bar system (depending on size and style). One half of the board is mounted to the wall, the other half is mounted to the headboard. These cleats interlock when they connect. These create very secure flush headboards.

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