One of the most difficult parts to making your own headboard is deciding what style you want — what fits the look and mood of the room, what fits your budget, etc. And headboard shapes can be SO overwhelming — and what do you even CALL that shape that you’ve really been dreaming of?
As we were looking for features and inspiration for Headboard Week, the same couple of graphics of headboard shape names kept popping up in our searches. But, upon further research, it appears that those names are proprietary, determined by the business or upholsterer selling the headboard. So what’s a Remodelaholic to do? Well, we decided to create our own basic headboard names to give us a common vocabulary to use when we talk about headboards! 🙂
The Remodelaholic Guide to Headboard Shapes
Most of the headboards that we’ve included in this post as shape examples are upholstered headboards because they tend to come in the largest variety of shapes — plus they are an easy DIY candidate! And the beauty of making your own headboard means that you can take any of these shapes and make it whatever you want — from an upholstered headboard to a a simple flat wood cutout that’s been decorated like this (tutorial coming Saturday!)
a plank wood cutout like this (tutorial here)
or even a painted or vinyl headboard like these!
Combine those options with other decorative options like tufting (great tutorial here)
and then add nailhead trim — either in a straight outline
or in a fun decorative pattern
or get even more creative and put larger studs around the sides of your headboard!
If studded nailheads aren’t your style, you can still add a border trim:
or give your headboard a whole lotta class by adding arms to make a wingback headboard!
And then when you start to think about things like height and width and realize that your headboard can extend nearly to the ceiling:
and from wall to wall…
…it’s then that you realize that the sky is the limit, and that having a completely awesome headboard to be the focal point of your bedroom doesn’t have to break the bank, because we here at Remodelaholic have got your back with plenty of tutorials to show you how to DIY it.
So, now that I’ve blown your mind with the whole smorgasbord of options (sorry!), let’s get down to business and give you the things you really came here for — some explanations of headboard shapes. Ready? Let’s go!
IN THIS POST | Guide to Headboard Shapes
page 1: introduction to sizes and styles
page 2: basic flat (rectangle) headboards
page 3: circle, arched, and camelback headboards
page 4: scooped, inset, and beveled headboards
page 5: keystone, stepped, ogee, and peaked headboards
page 6: combination ornate headboards