When you're decorating your bedroom, it just comes naturally to add a headboard to your wish list, right? Why not explore what your room could look like without a headboard? Whether you're renting, on a budget, or just want something a little less conventional, you can pass on the headboard purchase and try one of these stylish ideas instead.
Above: Paris' Hotel Henriette has a super chic and affordable option to steal for yourself. All you need is a striking paint color, a brush and some tape to square off your shape, and you've got yourself a "headboard" for around $30!
As seen on Plastolux, when your room has this much architectural character (those enormous baseboards! those moldings!), you can get away with keeping your bed low and hanging a large statement art piece right above.
House & Home shows you how easy it is to turn a rug into a "headboard" (spoiler alert: it's just nailing your rug of choice to the wall!).
Does your room already have some wainscoting? Don't cover it up with a bulky headboard; instead, just use it as a backdrop to your bed, as seen in this room featured on Apartment 34.
Create an architectural feature with a ledge full of art, spotted on Vtwonen (in Dutch), though we'd be remiss to say anyone in an earthquake-prone area should take some caution if trying out this look.
Create a focal point above your bed with a floating shelf featuring some of your favorite art pieces. Another idea to borrow from this bedroom via My Scandinavian Home? using clip-on sconces over table lamps frees up space on your nightstand.
Folding screens are great multi-purpose items that can easily be found at second-hand stores for budget warriors. Here, Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow uses a rattan folding screen as a headboard to extend the room's boho vibes.
Turn the wall behind your bed into a huge focal point with a mural or wallpaper.
A strategically placed built-in shelf holds your pretty collection, as seen in this bedroom spotted on Dust Jacket Attic.
For the minimalist who also happens to love art, why not try a simple black and white gallery wall, as seen on Style and Create.
Re-edited from a post originally published 3.8.15-AH