Ideas for a Headboard for a Double Bed

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Ideas for a Headboard for a Double Bed
Instead of two separate headboards, use one giant headboard to unify two double beds. (twin beds image by dbvirago from

You may think that you can't make a dramatic design statement with a small double bed. However, you can actually exploit its dimensions by using a headboard to create an eye-catching focal point or convert your bed into a lounging area.

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A Headboard Doubling as a Sofa Cushion

Use a headboard that turns your bed into a sofa as well. If you're limited on space, you can add a DIY headboard made from a thick foam rectangle folded in half, taped closed and covered in some fabric. Several of these cushions are lined up along the long side of the bed, which is pushed up against the wall. Two cushions are attached to either end of the bed. They double has armrests and a head/foot board. A simple sheet altered to hug the bed's corners creates the illusion of an upholstered sofa and matching cushions. The back cushions are removed for bedtime.

Elegant Wall Decal

Look for a headboard wall decal. These come in various colours, and some include art nouveau designs, which are an elaborate style with scroll and leaf patterns. This works particularly well with a double bed because of the smaller size. Add curvy table lamps on either side of bed to finish the feminine look.

Bringing Two Double Beds Together

To contrast the small size of your double bed, use an oversized headboard. Incorporate a quilted headboard in a lavish colour, a giant mosaic or a landscape mural or artwork. If you have two double beds in the same room, consider pulling those two focal points together with one giant headboard in the centre of the two of them. This offers an alternative to bunk beds.

Extend the Line

The narrow width of a double bed allows you to use a headboard that extends up to the ceiling, repeating the narrow line your bed creates on the floor space in your vertical space. Consider painting stripes of different widths in your bedding colours, or create a headboard collage with photos up to the ceiling. Soften these long lines with tables on either end of the bed, or create asymmetry by adding a wall hanging on one side, if your bed isn't located in the centre of the room.

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