A bed without a headboard is like art without a frame. Both look better with an anchor. But you don’t have to spend a fortune replicating the velvet headboard from Mad Men to dress up your boudoir. For a quick and easy DIY headboard (pictured), pick up wood stretchers from Blick Art Materials (about $14 for 24-by-40-inch stretchers at 42 S State St, 312-920-0300) and fabric. After securely adhering the stretchers together, pull the fabric taut around the wood, stapling it over the edges and taping the excess material to the back. Hang the headboard from two nails, letting the board dip a few inches below the top of the bed. Or, think outside the box and opt for a makeshift headboard; while you can’t exactly lean against them, a row of framed prints or a chandelier-shaped decal from Blik ($30) has the same effect. If you’re feeling a tad more ambitious, HGTV’s Design on a Dime host Frank Fontana suggests going for a French-country look by adhering shutters from a window or closet. Lay the shutters on the floor and reverse-screw them onto a two-by-four. Then screw the two-by-four into the wall so it hangs just below the bed. Make sure to prop up a few cushy pillows for comfort.
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