Creative headboards for better and for worse

by Patti Boker Elkon on February 15, 2009

PB Teen Bedroom Set


Finding a nice headboard can be a challenging endeavor.  Many people just do without, but from a Feng Shui Practitioners point of view this is a big no no.  In Feng Shui headboards are not only decorative, they are also responsible for grounding the bed into the space.  A patterened “cut-out” headboard like the one featured above doesn’t do much in the way of grounding, but at least it offers respite from the cold, hard walls. 

This aged shelf was meant to compliment the exposed beams, I like the concept but would have like it even more if the wood extended down behind the bed.  I think that the vases are a dangerous decorative accent and would remove them immediately.


What a great way to recycle antique window frames.  When adding an accent of this kind it is important to make sure that they are securely fastened to the wall.


Framing a collection of old handkerchiefs adds a touch of heritage.  The “handkerchief as headboard” reads success, but the “baskets and bench” at the foot of the bed comes across as clutter.  Do away with the baskets and surrounding tchochkes and I think we have a winner. 


This hanging cushion-shelf is a nice solution.  I would place smaller frames sitting horizontally on the shelf but I can live with these as is.


The shelving unit-headboard does not work for me, this is one of the craziest things I have seen in a while.  Why would you want to sleep with your possessions hanging over your head not to mention the towering decorative columns flanking the bed.


The photo gallery effect behind the bed is a bad idea.  First off, you loose the pillow rest aspect that a headboard is cherished for.  Secondly, who wants all those people staring at you when you are trying to sleep?  Bottom line, beds are for sleeping and we need to do all that we can to make this the most peaceful and restful experience of the day.


*Above photos courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

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Sarit February 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I’ve just been looking around (the net) for DIY solutions for headboards, so this comes at a good time for me. Any suggestions about where to find good, maybe colorful, bedside tables – cheap (in IL)? I’m thinking maybe red, to go with a headboard that would be covered with a white/multicolored crocheted afgan. (I know red doesn’t go in a bedroon in FS, but DH won’t go for pink.)


Patti Boker Elkon February 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Hi Sarit,

For “Cheap” I would suggest visiting the Shuk of Pishpishime here in Yafo,where you might find side tables that you can paint. There are also some nice stores in that area like “Vintage” which caries retro furniture from the 50’s (make sure to go up into the attic where you can get a better deal on stuff that has not been refurbished). Also, a tried and true suggestion for “Cheap” is IKEA and that is what you will get…

You did not mention the style that you are looking for so I am going to recommend stores that I love. “Hedderim” in South Tel Aviv which carries interesting imported furniture from India, “Art Moroc” in Neve tsedek which carries small tiled tables, “Hafatzim” also in Neve Tsedek which carries all kinds of styles and may have small tables.

BTW a bit of red in the bedroom is OK,just be prepared for “action”.



Anthony August 26, 2009 at 2:04 am

Dear Patty- It’s pretty easy to find fault with any photo or idea. Do you have any neat ideas of your own to contribute or you really just pick apart the work of others?


Nat December 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I have been looking for a simple blueish bed cover like the one in the first picture at the very top, could you pls let me know where I can get it? Thanks. 🙂


Patti December 30, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I borrowed those photos from the Better Homes & Garden website, so I am afraid I do nothave the product information for the bedspread.

You can try companies like: Laura Ashley, West Elm and Pottery Barn.

Good Luck,



Danii August 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I really need the head board from the top picture and cannot find it on the website you have previously suggested if anyone has a link or and information on how to find what I’m looking for, please can you tell me it would be very helpful 🙂 thankyou x


Gabriela April 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm


The hanging pillow and shelf idea, where did you find it?



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