DIY Curtain Headboard

9 Feb

Curtain Headboard

If you ever been or currently are a college student, you understand what I mean when I say I don’t stay in one place too long. I’ve slowly acquired furniture when I can get it cheap (or free). In the meantime, I get by with what I have, which means not purchasing a headboard. Since it’s not a necessity, I’ve never bought one, but I feel like my room looks so plain without one.

One day while taking my usual Pinterest study break, I stumbled across a blog. The author suggested using a sheer curtain and a curtain rod behind a bed to create the illusion of a bed to create the illusion of a headboard (genius!) It takes up that bare, empty-looking wall space. Not only is it pretty, especially with the ambiance with a string of lights, it’s not bit and bulky like a wood headboard. When I’m in between living arrangements, I won’t have to find a place to store a big hunk of wood. However, the best part about it, it costs less than ten dollars It’s easy on the wallet, easy on the eyes, and incredibly  easy to recreate.

What you’ll need:

–       Sheer curtain – $5

–       Curtain rod – $2

–       String of lights (optional)

–       Hammer

–       Measuring tape

–       Pencil

Getting Started

To get started, I adjusted the curtain rod to just beyond the width of my bed. For my full-sized bed, I stretched the rod to 55 inches. With the tape measure, I measured one inch from the ceiling and 55 inches across then marked each spot with a pencil. Hammer the rod anchors in the wall on the marked spots. My anchors had two different spots for nails. I lined the top nail into the markings.

After securing the anchors, if you choose to hang a string of lights, now would be the best time to do so. A couple of thumbtacks or small nails would do the trick. If you don’t want to put more holes in the wall, I’m sure Command strips would work just as well.

Next, arrange the curtain on the rod. I got a sheer curtain from Big Lots for five dollars. I also think it would be pretty to use an opaque curtain that compliments your comforter.

For a more bunched, fuller look, I would use two curtains. Now, fix the rod to the anchors. You may need to adjust how the curtain is arranged on the rod after you hang it.

Other Options

If a curtain as a headboard doesn’t interest you, there are other cute and creative options that use minimal space, minimal effort, and minimal cost:

  1. Picture frame: Find an inexpensive frame with as much detail that interests you. Put your favorite fabric in the frame or even a collage of your favorite photos. The blog I Heart Organizing shows framed fabric that would look nice above a bed!
  2. Fabric or scrapbook paper on canvas: Using canvas or foam poster boards, mod podge your favorite fabric or scrapbook paper. Better Homes and Gardens shows an idea to take some of your favorite fabric and spread it over some canvas. Arranged correctly, even a bunch of small canvas would look great over a bed.

Good luck creating your headboard!


2 Responses to “DIY Curtain Headboard”

  1. Elena January 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    I have never been fond of headboard or footboards. I have always used curtains as a headboard of even painted behind the bed….never understood their purpose so have chosen to never have one. This is a great idea with the lights. Thank you for the post.

    • mgarvey2 March 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

      Thank you, Elena! Headboards can be so expensive. There are so many great alternatives out there! Thank you for reading!

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