How to Make a Curtain Headboard


What feels like forever ago, I had mismatched furniture, a bed with no headboard, and a very long, plain, white wall. With a tiny budget, and a desperate need to make my bedroom look even marginally better, I opted for a curtain headboard.

While my particular project isn't the best, and my bedroom is far from gracing the cover of Home Decor magazine, it will at least give you an idea about how a curtain headboard might work for your space. Afterward, I'll also include some things I wish I had thought about prior to putting mine up. You know, to save you time... and unnecessary holes in your wall.

Let's take a quick look at the before photos, then I'll break down the materials.

Okay. Big, blank, boring wall? Check. Fabric draped over mismatched end tables to cover their ugly non-matchiness? Check. Tiny bed lacking fancy bedding or decorative pillows? Double check. Glaring bedside lamps because I took these photos at night? Triple check. What a disaster.


Here's a breakdown of the materials we used, primarily purchased from my home-away-from-home, Target:

  • Room Essentials Chesapeake Window Panels in Black - $19.98
  • Room Essentials Square Cafe Rod (48-84") - $16.99
and a 216" long piece of fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric for about $20 that I used for the scarf valance. Altogether it came to about $60.

The instructions are very simple. Just install the curtain rod where you desire, put your panels onto the rod, and drape your scarf valance. When you're finished, it should look something like this (depending on height, curtain choice, any interior design sense, etc.):

Not too bad, but in hindsight, I shouldn't have hung the curtains so high. I mean, really... it's a touch much. While it does help break up the monotony of the plain, boring wall, I should have hung the curtains half as high, and hung a cute frame or canvas print above. That would've been much better. But, at least now you know that even the most design-challenged person can pull off a project such as this. There is hope after all....

Will you be trying this for your bedroom?

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  1. Oh you're better than me at least you have a frame, we just have asking size bed on the floor! LOL I do want to redo our bedroom though and love this idea without spending a lot of money.

  2. I wish we had a king-size! If you {or you know someone} are crafty you could get some sheets and make them into curtain panels for less than traditional curtains. I have some how-to's pinned if you want to check 'em out.

  3. ooh thanks I'll check them out!

  4. Very pretty and awesome. I'm still working on my bedroom, it's been an entire year now and i'm finally almost finished. I have one thing left to do and that's to turn my dresser into an cabinet for our tv.

  5. You should share a photo when you're all finished!

  6. I love this idea. My wall is bare and makes my room look so dull. Glad I seen this post.

  7. There are so many different ways to do one, too! See this post ( for more styling options.


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