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Six Recycled Headboard Ideas

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recycled headboard idea

Looking for some recycled headboard ideas? I’ve got a load for you!

I watch a reasonable amount of home decor programmes.  It’s one of my guilty pleasures in life!  I also spend a little bit of time on Pinterest (another guilty pleasure!) and something that I haven’t failed to notice is recycled headboards.  They’re everywhere!

I’m not one for jumping on trends for the sake of it, but I really love this idea.  If you’ve got an old divan frame then a recycled headboard is a great way to update a room with minimum impact on the environment.

To get you started here are six recycled headboard ideas to suit every taste and style:

Six Recycled Headboard Ideas

Here are six eco-friendly headboard ideas that are proof that you can recycle just about anything to make a zero-waste headboard!


recycled headboard ideas

This oar headboard from Bees Knees Bungalow is so striking.  Perfect for a nautical-themed bedroom!


recycled headboard ideas

This headboard made from old books is a colourful and creative way to use old damaged books.


recycled headboard ideas

This headboard is cleverly made from old pallets.  It cost Whitney and Dustin, the bloggers behind The Rooster and The Hen, just $8 to make!

Recycled Headboard Made From Floorboards

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This modern and striking headboard is made from reclaimed oak floorboards, by interior designer Paul Flynn.


upcycled headboard ideas

Isn’t this headboard made from old fencing, found on House Tweaking, so unique?

Recycled Headboard Made From Old Doors

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This is my kind of DIY – simply place an old door behind your bed and hey presto, an instant headboard!  This photo is by Annie Schlechter and I found it on Decoholic.

More Eco-Friendly Bedroom Tips

If these recycled headboard ideas have given you the nudge to brighten up your bedroom, then here are a couple of other environmental tips:

If you’re renovating your bedroom and replacing your bed and/or mattress then if they’re in good condition then I would always suggest either donating your old bed and/or mattress to charity.  Another idea is to pass it on to someone in need via the freebies section on Gumtree or by using Freecycle.  It costs nothing and ensures your bed will remain in use.

If your old bed and/or mattress is completely worn out then recycling it is a good option.  Although I personally would happily buy a secondhand bed frame, a mattress is something I’d always buy new.  If you’re the same, then even if you’re just buying a new mattress from a retailer, then one of the easiest ways to recycle your bed and/or mattress is to take advantage of furniture recycling services offered by some retailers.

For headboard materials try Freecycle for pallets, flooring or old doors, or architectural salvage yards for more ornate and period features.  I’m not too sure about old oars – any ideas?!

In case you are interested, then I’ve got lots of other sustainable bedroom ideas. Here’s a guide to ethical bedding and here’s some ethical bedroom inspiration.

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Should You Compost Cooked Food Waste?


Should you compost cooked food waste in your home composter? Read on and see.

There were a lot of really useful and helpful comments in response to my post on dealing with food waste, and my dilemma of what to do with cooked food waste.  However, what really surprised me were a couple of comments from readers saying that they compost this kind of waste, or asking me why I didn’t just chuck it in our composter?

I’ve never composted cooked food waste. In fact, the only things I put in there are things like fruit and vegetable peelings; tea bags; coffee grounds; eggshells; paper; cardboard; and the like. Therefore, this was a bit of a revelation to me.  As our council doesn’t offer food waste collection, all of our cooked food waste has just gone in the bin.  So I began wondering, should I actually just compost it?

Why You Shouldn’t Compost Cooked Food Waste

The traditional advice has always been to not compost cooked food waste in a standard composter.  Zero Waste Scotland, Get Composting, and Love Food Hate Waste all specifically say not to.  Apparently composting cooked food creates very dense and wet compost. Composting this kind of waste can also attract pests, such as rats and flies. What’s more, it can create some pretty pungent odours.

Experts say if you have a Green Cone, Green Johanna (doesn’t it sound like a song?!) a Jora Bin, or a Hot Bin then you can compost most types of cooked food, but in a standard compost bin or heap then cooked food is a no go.

My Questions For You

I couldn’t find anything to back up composting cooked food waste in a standard composter, but it’s clear you guys are doing just that!  I must just be a stickler for the rules and hadn’t thought about giving it a go!  So as I’m interested, and I bet others are too, I have a ton of questions for anyone that’s composting this kind of waste:

  • Are you using a conventional compost bin or heap?
  • Does it smell?
  • Have you noticed rats?
  • Are you over-run with flies?
  • What’s your compost like?
  • Does cooked food waste take longer to break down than raw waste?

Do tell all in the comments below, or drop me a line via email ( or Twitter or Facebook.  I’ll make sure I add any messages in the comments below as I’m sure they’ll be useful to other readers.

PS: do check out my top tips for composting at home.