Easy DIY Decorative Headboard




Let's make an easy headboard out of a shower curtain.


  • Screwgun or Screwdriver
  • Saw (hand or powered)
  • tape measure
  • Staple Gun or stapler


  • 2x3x8 (4 )
  • Galvanized 16-Gauge 2X Rigid Tie Connector (4)
  • Showercurtain **
  • Wood Screws
  • Staples

** You can go super cheap, with a decorative fabric curtain from Walmart for around $9 or Get super Creative on sites like Society6 or even Amazon with Super Decorative and Creative Shower curtains under $30. Point is that buying any type of Artwork, or Tapestries at this size will be way more money. The Shower Curtain offers an affordable alternative.

Step 1: Measure, Cut and Frame

With a chosen Fabric Shower Curtain in hand, which is probably 70 inches wide, regardless of whatever, you will want to cut your frame to fit this size, in order to "wrap" the fabric around the frame, you'll probably want about 3 inches extra on either side. So you'll want your 2x3 to be cut to around 64 inches wide for a 70 inch wide fabric Curtain. Also the same needs to be taken into account for the height of the Shower curtain. which could be 70 or 72" as well.

Measure twice, cut once. Once i was finished cutting a layed out the frame on the floor so i could attach them.

Step 2: Attach Brackets

These is pretty basic, the brackets will keep your 2x3 frame square. Screw them in. Done.

** i chose 2x3 because they are light and inexpensive.

Step 3: Stretch the Fabric on Your Frame and FINISHED

So youll want to take your curtain, lay it face down on the ground. then lay your now squared frame on top. I did the eyeball test to make sure it was all straight.

So if everything was measured right, you should have about 3 inches extra on every side (obviously unless you need to make it taller or shorter or thinner to fit your desires)

Now you just need to go and wrap the access around the frame and staple it in place, 1 side at a time. once you have the top and side done, you can pull it tight (the fabric has some elasticity to it) and staple it tight around the opposite side.

And your done, it will be very light and easy to move. just slide it in behind your bed frame or even mount it up on the wall.

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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Thank you for this great hack. I have a very narrow bedroom and using even 6" of space makes it difficult to walk around the bed. I will make one of these to hang above the bed for a nice decorative piece.


    2 years ago

    great looking, but what happens when you lean back into it? its not really a headboard?

    1 reply
    mike mckenzienumbass

    Reply 2 years ago

    Well i wouldn't lean on it. ;) i'm going for very inexpensive decorative piece. I personally don't sit up and read or watch tv in bed, so for my needs it works great. You can also just mount it directly to the wall. and have yourself a "loft" art for a fraction of the price.

    mike mckenziesarawelder

    Reply 2 years ago

    absolutely. I was actually very impressed with the amount of creativity in the fabric shower curtain business once you started looking for that type of creative work.


    2 years ago

    Such a simple idea. Love it! :)