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We’d like to think of headboards as an opportunity to impart the bedroom with a more unique element. A differentiating detail with an opportunity to bring about a fresh texture or a daring pop of color. Surely, there are plenty of methods for going about this, but for those looking for a slightly untraditional take on the concept, you’re in luck. Here, we rounded up just a few of our favorite headboard alternatives that challenge existing conceptions with a more daring twist. Take a look!

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Photography by BROCHNER HOTELS / SP34.

In Copenhagen’s SP34 hotel, we happened upon a rather unique approach to headboards. Structured pieces, set at the head of each spot, were cleverly paired with leather-bound headrests, perfect for lounging. 

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Photography by APARTMENT THERAPY

A raw cut of wood doubles as the ultimate headboard with a built-in (!) nightstand. Bonus points for merging originality with chic simplicity! 

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Photography by LINE KAY FOR HALE MERCANTILE CO.

It should go without saying that if your bed comes equipped with a four-poster canopy, a headboard isn’t necessarily a must. Feeling a more subtle approach? Simply hang a pair of sheer curtains high up on the wall where a headboard would go, for a similar yet subdued effect. 

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Photography by DABNEY FRAKE

Feeling crafty? This clever DIY is all about transforming a piece of hardboard into a chic and upholstered headboard at just a fraction of the cost of the real thing!

Get the how-to on Apartment Therapy.

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Photography by THE APARTMENT BY THE LINE

Embrace the ever-growing shiplap trend by incorporating it into the decor of your bedroom. In this mod-meets-rustic bedroom setup, vertically set boards provide the room with an inspired border and manage to double as a headboard for the bed as well. 

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Photography by MAISON MODE

Don’t be afraid to source unusual objects or surfaces from flea markets or scrap yards (a post-purchase deep cleaning is a must!) to stand in as a headboard. 

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Photography by TRENDENSER.SE

Extend a faux canopy all the way down to the head of the bed to double as an alternative for a headboard. We love the little pop of charm this tasseled piece lends to the monochromatic makeup of this bedroom. 

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Photography by URBAN OUTFITTERS

For a more rustic effect, string posies of fragrant greens, such as eucalyptus, on a curtain wire set above the bed. 

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Photography by DECOR 8

A macrame wall-hanging provides this dreamy spot with enough texture and character to make up for the lack of a headboard. 

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Photography by MECHANTDESIGN.BLOGSPOT.FR

A headboard that doubles as a chic storage solution? Count us in! This streamlined shelving unit features ample space for all sorts of trinkets, books, and goods. 

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Photography by MILLE M2

Pressed for space? Take to the walls with a bright splash of paint to designate the zone a headboard would otherwise occupy. Here’s your opportunity to take a chance with color!

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Photography by BECKY GARDNER INTERIOR DESIGN

Set more overhead, a floating shelf housing a curated selection of prints makes for a rather strong case against headboards altogether. 

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Photography by JERSEY ICE CREAM CO

Reclaimed wood strips line the wall of this mod bedroom, doubling as a backboard for the bed, while simultaneously providing the area with a nightstand and a clever storage solution. 

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Photography by BOHEMIAN DIESEL

A lengthy yet narrow stand is tasked with holding an eclectic array of potted plants in this boho chic bedroom. Recreate the look with a similar piece, or sub in a thin console instead! 

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Photography by APARTMENT THERAPY

An indented half wall functions as a rather effective headboard in this minimalist space. The bonus shelf space, which results from the extra margin, makes for the perfect spot for displaying everything from art to plants. 

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Photography by PASSION SHAKE

Simplicity calls for a modest wall hanging clad in a handful of delicate greens, positioned directly above the bed.

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Photography by GREG COX

In lieu of a basic cut of wood or upholstered piece to stand in as a headboard, opt for something with a little more personal charm. Here, a pair of intricate prints not only bring about a unique element to the decor of the room, but they also function as fairly chic headboard alternatives. 

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Photography by APARTMENT THERAPY

Take in cues from worldly trends by hanging an exotically patterned rug or throw at the head of the bed. We’re loving the unique color element this piece brings to the decor of this boho chic bedroom. 

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Photography by SFGIRLBYBAY / VICTORIA SMITH

For those who prefer something with a slightly more minimalist approach, opt for a shallow shelving unit that’s more for design and less for function.

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Photography by WE HEART

A bold graphic behind the bed – whether it be paint, wallpaper, or a print – can help distract the eye from the lack of a headboard in the first place. 

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Photography by Paulina Arcklin

An oversized set of chargers fit right in with the decor of this Moroccan-themed bedroom. Note the element of warmth the wooden pieces bring to the otherwise monochrome design.

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Photography by GOODHOUSEKEEPING.COM

Whether you’re complementing an already existing palette, or bringing in a fresh pop of color to the bedroom, utilize your faux headboard as an opportunity to experiment with more daring hues. In this eclectically decked space, a globally-patterned piece of a woven composition imparts the room with a healthy dose of color and texture.   

Find 10 more clever ways to fake a headboard here!