By Michelle Gage and Lydia Geisel

Published on June 19, 2018

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Photography by aaron bengochea

Whether you are a wooden, metal, or tufted headboard enthusiast, we challenge you to go without one! A headboard can act as a bedroom’s focal point, and can anchor the room, but a headboard isn’t the only way to make a bedroom feel complete. Some careful bedroom decorating tricks can ensure that a room with no headboard can look equally as appealing as one with. Think outside the box this summer and try this clever trick to update your sleeping space.

In the same way a proper headboard serves as a buffer between your head and the wall, a streamlined pile of pillows can also act as a forgiving buffer. Complete this no-fuss look by mixing and matching different colored cases, like NYC-based yogi, Krissy Jones, did in her zen Soho studio.

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Just because you might not need a headboard doesn’t mean you won’t want to emulate this faux fix. Instead of opting for a bulky headboard in her tiny Brooklyn bedroom, Samantha Litt secured this dreamy velvet daybed cushion (which she snagged at Urban Outfitters!) to the wall for added support.

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Among the many fresh ways we’re elevating our walls right now, swathing our rooms in dynamic textiles is one. Fabric designer and renowned photographer Martyn Thompson’s visually rich dwelling is true proof that a textured wall can certainly stand in for a headboard.

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Not sure what to do with that awkward ledge in your bedroom? When you place your bed directly on the floor, said ledge can double as a headboard and, not to mention, a bonus spot for art.

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Hang an artisan macramé tapestry above your bed, in absence of a headboard, to draw the eye up. With a passion for handmade goods, Dayna Isom Johnson (Etsy’s leading trend expert) couldn’t resist showcasing this stunning piece by My Macramenia.

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Photography by addie juell

Place your bed in front of your windows, if you are without a headboard. This cost savings can be put towards other pieces in your space.

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Photography by michael wiltbank

We hardly miss the headboard in Dan Pelosi’s colorful Brooklyn bedroom. Art and plenty of plants more than make up for an extra piece behind the bed.

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Photography by jason frank rothenberg

Shiplap sure does help to shape up this space! In Serena Mitnik-Miller’s peaceful family retreat, a rustic feature wall makes a convincing argument for going headboard-less.

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Photography by frances tulk-hart

Coming up with creative solutions is key to keeping your space from feeling dull. Opt out of a headboard and into this graphic, textured wall hanging.

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Photography by Jonathan Gooch for Remodelista

Symmetry is this space’s friend! Perfectly lined up under this window, we hardly notice the lack of headboard.

Want more bedroom decorating ideas?

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