Six Recycled Headboard Ideas

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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!


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


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


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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.


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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 a handy guide to vegan-friendly mattresses.

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  1. The old doors is certainly my favourite. I just love old ornate doors with the paint mostly stripped back. They look stunning. A lovely café in my local area has one installed and I can’t help but admire it every time. I never thought to use one as a headboard- but I love the idea!