Bored with your bedroom?
- 18th August 2007
- Property Tips
Top tips to creating a designer bed head. You know the cliché, ‘a change is as good as a rest’. Yawn. Zzzz.
Why not try a bed headboard with a difference – you won’t find these at local department store.
Watch Western movies in a Western style bed -make old cartwheels into a bed headboard. Try one cartwheel or two side by side, natural wood or painted.
Panel and shelves
If you’re a DIY and fancy a contemporary look with a 50’s twist this one is for you. Make a single panel of painted MDF behind your bed with shelves either side acting as bedside tables. Paint it the same colour as the wall, and it’ll be almost invisible but a handy place to affix lamps for good overhead reading light. The shelves act as mini bedside tables for a glass of water and your favourite novel.
A wooden arch
If you fancy a strong but simple modern take on the medieval look, commission a carpenter to make you two wooden arches that cross in the middle at the top of the bed head – about 6 feet up. Or treat yourself to a new bed from http://www.ciderhouse.co.uk/
Large framed picture
Why not admire some art from the end of your bed? A favourite picture, or even enlarged head shot photographs Warhol style of you and a loved one side by side, will keep you smiling.
Auction houses and antique warehouses are a great source for huge old mirrors. A gilt effect crested stucco mirror could make a very majestic headboard. Just make sure you fix it very securely to the wall so it doesn’t crash down on you in the night!
Soft fabric covered panels
A DIY that looks like Tate Gallery art, and as if it came from an expensive Chelsea interiors shop. Cut some plywood to make four large panels to fix together to form a bed headboard. Make it double height of a normal headboard for impact. Cover the plywood with a thin layer of foam, and then affix four different fabrics to the ply foam panels. Change the fabric whenever you fancy a new look.
Wood or ornate door
Old Victoriana or antique pine doors make timeless and inexpensive bed head boards. Even painted ones can be stripped.
Achieve a colonial style bed head with an ornate wood carved veranda rail. Try looking in salvage yards and antique warehouses. Nobody else will have a bed head likes yours!
Antique iron gates
If you like the look of iron but want an original style, try your local salvage yard for antique iron gates. A single gate or a matching pair could look great behind your bed as a bed head.
Don’t throw out your grandparents’ modesty screen. Not just for hiding behind when getting undressed, or for screening off a room, folding screens can be adapted into interesting bed head boards.
Ciderhouse beds are a real architectural statement.
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