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Budget-friendly and Beginner-Friendly DIY Headboards

Check out some of the benefits of making a DIY headboard and once you have reviewed the pluses of DIY versions, block off a weekend and get to hammering.




A headboard is an eye-catching addition to any master bedroom - one that won’t cost a homeowner an arm and a leg. Suppose you're renovating your bedroom or even buying a new bed. If that’s the case, you may be on the fence about incorporating a seemingly non-essential headboard. Perhaps you're a first-time homeowner who’s never owned a bed with a headboard before and can’t help but wonder if the hype is warranted.

Though most wouldn’t necessarily consider a headboard a must-have, purchasing a brand-new headboard or building a DIY version can benefit sleepers in many ways. Besides giving your bedroom a polished look, a headboard can provide the ultimate comfort and support you need for a better night's sleep.

Aside from its practical benefits, a headboard is an ideal accessory for your new bed - a feature that ties your bedroom together and allows you to create the sleep oasis you’ve been dreaming of all your life.

Are you ready to give your sleeping space a long-awaited makeover? Well, before you make a trip to the local home improvement store for supplies, you should check out some of the benefits of making a DIY headboard. Once you’ve reviewed the pluses of DIY versions, block off a weekend and get to hammering.


Adding a headboard doesn't have to be a serious DIY project - there are some stunning yet simple ideas out there.


Take a weekend to complete your DIY headboard

Whether you choose to secure a pillow to your bedroom wall or hang a textile over your sleeping space, a headboard will act as a much-needed focal point. For those sleepers still not convinced it’s worth the hours of nailing, drilling, and draping, these DIY alternatives are simple to execute and relatively inexpensive.

If you’re not worried about how your bedroom looks, consider these practical benefits of a headboard.


• Keeps in Warmth

Imagine those cold winter nights where you shiver under the sheets. Unbeknownst to most, one of the primary reasons headboards were invented in ancient times was to provide a solution to bone-chilling walls known to cause sleeper discomfort. In their rudimentary forms, these headboards ensured the sleeper stayed warm throughout the night.

Traditionally, the headboard was made of wood that acted as insulation, which prevented the cold from seeping through a homeowner’s walls. Although the modern home is relatively well insulated, it's still a good idea to have additional insulation. Those homeowners plagued by bitterly cold winters should opt for an upholstered headboard.


• Provides back and head support

Another excellent benefit of a headboard is that it provides a sturdy back and head support. Whether you're seated or sleeping, you'll be able to achieve the rest or relaxation your body requires. This way, you can watch TV, work on your laptop or tablet, relax with your partner, or even read without misaligning your spine or dealing with annoying backaches.



The average cost of a DIY headboard

The cost of making a headboard often varies depending on several factors. Some of the aspects used to determine their price include style, height, width, material quality, etc. Some sleepers may choose to sit their mattress on a metal frame or design a custom frame, which will likely depend on your current budget restrictions. This decision can impact the cost of your headboard cost, as each version will have varying heights and widths.


Choose a DIY headboard design that is well within your DIY skills.


Another factor to consider is the bed and box spring width and height. Mattresses and box springs often come in different variations, which is why considering its height and width is critical. These two factors can also significantly impact the size and price of a headboard, given that the materials needed will directly correlate with the dimensions of the bed.

Designers may also consider wall height. Not surprisingly, the desired size of your headboard may impact the total cost. While some people may prefer medium-height headboards, others are interested in a more grandiose backdrop to their sleeping surface, which might attract higher costs.


When setting your budget, decide if you’d like your headboard to play a supporting role or starring role in your master bedroom.


Another factor that can affect the price of your headboard is the quality of the materials used. Should you choose to purchase inexpensive materials, like polyester or cotton, your headboard may be relatively cheaper. However, you’ll need to invest more if you’re looking for a headboard of superior quality. For example, velvet or faux suede options will cost significantly more than cotton varieties, while pine will be far cheaper than expensive hardwood..



Is a store-bought headboard more cost-efficient?

Now that you understand some of the factors used to determine your DIY headboard's cost, you may be wondering how much a store-bought headboard will cost? Although the price varies, buying a headboard can cost you anything from R1500 for something basic up to R5,000 for more complex, custom designs. It will depend on the material you choose, labour cost, quality of construction, and the complexity of your chosen design.

However, if you're working on a tight budget, you can always opt for DIY alternatives to transform a bedroom into a stylish, visually-stimulating sleep sanctuary. For those more daring DIY enthusiasts, you can choose a more elaborate design to achieve a stunning final product, worthy of a magazine feature.


Final thoughts

DIY headboards are, arguably, one of the most cost-efficient DIY home projects. After all, you’ll save a significant amount of money assembling your headboard by hand rather than handpicking a pre-constructed headboard from a furniture showroom. But, most importantly, you can add your own unique features and personal touches that a professional wouldn’t usually incorporate. Besides saving money, you’ll enjoy a sense of self-fulfillment knowing you completed the project yourself.



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