8 Design Tricks When You Don’t Have a Headboard

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

One of the main tips to decorating a bedroom is that you should have a headboard. You may have passed without one in college, but if you want to have a dreamy bedroom, you HAVE to have a headboard.

Why is this so important? It’s just a headboard. The bed is the largest and most important piece of furniture in your space. It is literally the center of attention. So when you have a bed without a headboard, the space serious lacks that level of importance and focus. It takes a pro to pull off a bedroom without the need for a headboard, but for most of us, a headboard is a key piece to achieving a well decorated bedroom.

From a design perspective, the bed has a large horizontal scale to it. Left this way, it is visually unappealing as it is this massive piece of furniture with nothing to help ground it to the room. Having a headboard helps draw the eye up vertically and assists to connect the bed to the rest of the space.

Now if you are a millennial whose just starting her career, you may have more pressing purchases than a bed with a headboard. Furniture can be pricy, and it certainly is an investment, so in the meantime, you’re stuck with that metal frame and no headboard.

Even if you don’t have money to purchase the perfect bed just yet, you can still achieve the look by these cheap and alternative decor tricks….


Hang a Tapestry Rug

A tapestry creates a nice vertical background to frame your bed. You can either go bold and boho, or have a nice natural piece, which adds warmth and texture to the room. To keep your space looking more chic that broke hippie, use a tapestry that is natural and looks more like a rug than a screen printed digital art piece on fabric.