Some items to use to make a headboard include recycled objects, furniture and area rugs. Works of art such as blown-up photographs, paintings and sculptures also make creative headboards.
Books, discarded slats of wood and old doors make ideal recycled headboards. If using wood, sand and slightly whitewash the wood for a more finished look. You can use the back of furniture such as dressers, cabinets or bookcases as headboards floating in the room, with enough space left on the other side to be able to use the furniture. An area rug hung on the wall as a headboard adds a soft texture to a room's decor. A favorite work of art individualizes the bedroom space.