Welcome to our gallery of beautiful primary bedrooms without headboards!
Many people consider headboards a bedroom staple, defining the look of the room.
Without a headboard the design of a room looks incomplete and lacking true design.
Well, we are here to prove that misconception wrong! We have made a gallery of designs that work astonishingly well without the addition of a bulky or heavy headboard.
Instead, these designs utilize accent walls, decorative pillows, and wall art to make up for the lack of a headboard. They balance out the room, tie the room together, or create the illusion of a headboard without needing one.
There are plenty of reasons a room cannot accommodate a headboard. Maybe it is an attic room with sloping ceilings that do not offer enough space to fit a headboard without having to place the bed in the center of the room.
Maybe the designer does not like the bulky look of most headboards, or is trying to achieve a minimal or low-profile design. These are all reasonable answers to saying no to a headboard.
Here you can find plenty of great examples of how to make different types of rooms and design work without the design feature of a headboard. Hopefully you can find the design inspiration you need to ditch the headboard and create a fresh new look for your room.
Please enjoy the rest of our gallery!
With a steeply pitched ceiling it can be hard to incorporate a headboard. Leave it out entirely and utilize a free-standing bed frame like this one. The contrast of black furniture against the dark brown woodwork and white backdrop creates a uniquely and simply designed space. The bright green of the small tree in the foreground acts as the only bold color in the room.
Here is another angle of the same room, this time showing off the bed and the stunning sloping ceiling better. Letting the ceiling be the highlight of the room means that the rest of the room should remain neutral in color.
This simple setup of tatami mats with a futon mattress is a simple but effective way to set up a small sleeping space that is easily moveable so as not to take up space that may be needed for something else. Lining books up along the wall makes use of space that would otherwise remain empty.
Utilizing decorative pillows in place of a headboard is a great way to create the illusion of having a fancy headboard without actually needing one. The balance of colors in this room with the dark accent furniture is a great combination of shades and textures.
In lieu of a headboard, this striking accent wall creates a great showcase frame around the bed. The low-profile bed and side tables allow for the backlighting around the wall to highlight the space even more.
Again utilizing decorative pillows in place of a headboard, this brown and orange bedroom makes a stunning color combination against the beige and tan backdrop of the room.
The half wall boarder of this room acts as a pseudo headboard with a low profile. When coupled with the accent pillows it creates a striking color palette for this room.
Placing a large piece of wall art centered over the bed can act as a focal point, much as a headboard would, as seen here. The neutral colors of the room allow the gorgeous wood built-ins to showcase in this room.
Similar to the idea of large wall art, a big mirror can also to the trick of highlighting a bed. The black frame of the mirror brings together the dark wood of the rest of the room to tie all of the color choices into one magnificent palette.
Decorative pillows again create a faux headboard and add to the room with bold patterns to offset the leopard print of the bench cushion and the tribal look of the lamps.
A cushioned accent wall does the job of a headboard while also creating interest for the rest of the room. Making use of the suede texture throughout the room add to the softness of the room. The neutral color palette is livened up by the olive green throw over the bed.
Using the half wall of this room as both storage and a headboard is a great way to utilize the awkward space posed by the steep ceiling in this room. Keeping to the theme of natural wood with white accents, this suite delivers a calm space to relax.
The framed bamboo artwork on the wall acts as both a striking accent piece and as a headboard. Neutral colors and simple furniture shapes allow the beautiful wood floor and the highlight features to show off.
There is no need for a headboard when you have a gorgeous accent wall like this one. The weathered paint of a few strategically placed boards creates a stunning contrast to the dark wood planks of the rest of the wall.
Decorative pillows create the headboard in this room, as does the white paneling on the bottom half of the wall. Highlighting the green and tan colors of the room with bright white and dark wood accents makes for great contrast.
This richly textured and patterned room doesn’t need a headboard to dress it up. The rest of the room does that well enough. Dark woods and bold accent patterns create enough depth in space that a headboard might end up being too much; instead pillows create the best replacement for a fancy headboard.
A minimalist room like this one does not need a headboard to weight it down. The heavy wood of the bed frame is enough to weight down this bright space. A dark wall hanging and thick textures add more interest to the space.
In a small space like this, the addition of a headboard could make the space feel even smaller. As it is, the skylight centered directly over the bed helps to open up this small sleeping area.
The black, white, and red color scheme of this bedroom against the plain beige backdrop adds enough interest to this room that it does not need a bold headboard.
This bright white room needs no frills to dress it up. Bold blue linens create enough contrast to take the place of a headboard and the small, simple copper side table adds another pop of interest to the room.
Lush fabrics and rich textures make for this extravagant room. With plush velvet pillows taking the place of a headboard when paired with the unique wall art.
This streamlined, minimal bedroom contains plenty of storage hidden from view. Including a headboard here would take away from the clean lines of this lovely, simplistic design.
In true Onion fashion, clean lines and simple colors showcase in this room. Lavender walls and bright white accents – in the bed and light features – create a clean and welcoming atmosphere. Leaving out a headboard keeps the room feeling simple and minimal.
Instead of a headboard, this gorgeous wood accent wall carries the wood floor up to the wall and highlights the simple bed and furniture choices. This minimal design would be taken away from with a clunky headboard included in it.
This lovely minimalist bedroom allows the view of the outdoors to play the showcase for the room. Sleek lines and low profile furniture keep the zen-like low key vibe of the room, which would be taken away from with anything but the wood accent wall.
With this uniquely angled ceiling and play of light on the surfaces, there is no need for headboard in such a low space. With so many accent pillows on the bed, they more than make up for the lack of a structure frame. Warm, bright colors keep the space lively and welcoming.
Source: Zillow Digs™
No need for extra flourishes in a small space like this. Even without a headboard the space had been utilized nicely to create a lovely frame around the head of the bed using the steep pitch of the roof and a small window.
Source: Zillow Digs™
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