Dreaming About...Headboards. (I Need Your Help!)

Ever since we moved to DC, we haven't had a headboard for our bed. In Richmond, we re-purposed five bifold doors to make a headboard, which I loved, but they didn't look right in our new place. So they went off to a new home via a "free stuff" posting on Craigslist. I keep meaning to do another DIY of some description, but I've been super indecisive about what I want. Does this happen to anyone else (wink wink)? So for a year, we've been headboard-less. I think that's why I haven't really shown your our bedroom here on the ole blog. Silly reason, I know, but that's about to change, because I'm enlisting your help on coming up with a solution to this little issue.

Here's the most current photo I have of our bedroom. It's unstaged, un-decluttered (is that an oxymoron?), and generally how it looks on an everyday basis...if we make the bed :). 

There are lots of changes I'd like to make here, but I'm going to try to focus on the headboard issue for now. Let me tell you a little bit about our bedroom...

The room has a bit of an odd, but cool shape to it, as you can see. The wall angles make the bed area of the room sort of a half-octagon shape (the rest of the room is a regular rectangle) and our queen bed snuggles up right in the middle of it.

Our bedding is mostly Pottery Barn. The duvet/shams are the Pearl Embroidered collection in Porcelain Blue, the quilt is the Hanna Quilt in Porcelain Blue. The two ruffly small gray pillows were a Marshalls or TJMaxx pick up from a few years ago.

I love that oil painting up there - it just "fits" the room. The chunky wood frame brings in a lot of warmth since most of the colors in the room are on the cool side. I'd love for it to stay, but that does mean the headboard should be on the shorter side I think.

Our two swing arm floor lamps are fine for now (although I really wish I could install some swing arm sconces), and they actually have solid white shades on them now (since I repurposed one of them for the wood shim pendant light above our dining table).

One other thing I should note is that we have this awesome charcoal gray and white chevron rug at the foot of the bed. I don't have a great photo of it by itself, but it's this one:

Had to have something a little more on the wild side with all that civilized bedding up there. You can actually catch a glimpse of it in some of the "before" photos of the coral and gray dipped side table post.

So my question is, what kind of headboard should I go for? (That's not a rhetorical question - I really want your opinions!) I'm leaning heavily in the upholstered headboard direction, and I've even completed one step so far - buying foam - ha! :) The blogging world is just FULL of DIY versions, so I've got plenty of inspiration. I just can't settle on one!

Here are a few of my faves (I'm focusing mostly on shape here, not fabric or colors).

Love the sophisticated look of this upholstered headboard with arms from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs:

The fabric on this DIY version of the Pottery Barn Raleigh Headboard from Tenth Avenue South is a drop cloth - so clever!

Probably not orange, but I love the shape and style of this nailhead-trimmed one via Little Green Notebook:

So much awesomeness in this shapely upholstered headboard by The Hunted Interior:

This simple straight headboard by Kerrisdale Design Inc. would be simplest to DIY:

Or how about some button tufting? This straight headboard with wings by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs (again!) is lovely:

Lots of great ideas out there, huh? There are so many others as well, but I figure this is a good sampling.

So now that you've seen the current state of my bedroom, what do you think? Are you on board with the upholstered headboard idea? If you are, which one of these do you think would "fit" our room? Opinions, please! :)

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  1. Hm...tough choices! They're all so cute! I might maybe point out that all the ones you like aren't really on the shorter side though, which might be the source of your indecision? Can the painting you love go on the opposite wall? Then you can go all show-shopping, sculpted, nail-headed, pattern-popping and colorful on the headboard.

    1. I know! I think you're right about all the beautiful tall headboards being part of the problem. They're just so pretty and hard to not want to replicate! There's not another good wall for that painting, unfortunately (the other side of the room is a huge window, and the other walls have closet doors on them). Decisions, decisions!

  2. Hey Chaney,
    I found your blog through a link up on another blog that I read regularly. I loved your DIY light for over your table and started following you then. I love your blog and read regularly but figured now might be the time to chime in and let you know you have a fan. :) My husband and I made a headboard out of some recycled paneling that we took off of the walls in our house after moving in last year. It has been very durable and is a simple addition to the room that really pulls everything together. We love the look so I thought I would shoot you the link in case it helps at all. We found that going with a shower curtain for the fabric was a perfect (and not too pricey) alternative to some other fabrics that we looked at. Hope it helps! http://parrott-ponderings.blogspot.com/2013/04/bedroom-update.html I can't wait to see what you decide on.

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