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Fabulous and functional: 10 alternatives to standard headboards

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There are so many amazing alternatives to bog standard headboards that we are thoroughly impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of the interior designers coming up with these ideas, which is why we wanted to show you a few of our favorites! Perfect for adding a little extra pizazz to a master bedroom, as well as some striking functionality, we think you're going to look at headboards with renewed vigour after this, so let's get started!

1. Get stuck on this.

industrial Bedroom by Ronda Design
Ronda Design

Magnetic headboard

Ronda Design

WOW! Why have a boring headboard, when the wall behind your bed can be turned into a cacophony of handy magnetic shelves? Unusual, adaptive and fantastically modern, we bet this is overtaking quilted headboards for you!

2. Soothing hues.

We all know that our bedrooms are meant to be havens of relaxation and now, they can be, with inset slices of soothing color replacing traditional headboards. Add a little ambient lighting as well and you'll have the whole package!

3. Rustic charm.

Who doesn't fall in love with rustic styling whenever it's presented? We know we ALWAYS do and this charming rustic headboard alternative is no exception to that rule! Offering a handy shelf and a pretty aesthetic, we have to admit we want this!

4. Perfectly lit.

Getting bedroom lighting is hard enough as it is, so instead of fitting a busy headboard to your bed, why not seek to add some integrated back wall lighting, which will give you ambient illumination, within easy reach and create a gorgeous backdrop as well?

5. Inspirational.

modern Bedroom by Silvana Barbato, StudioAtelier
Silvana Barbato, StudioAtelier

foto camera da letto con parete decorata su disegno

Silvana Barbato, StudioAtelier

If you aren't the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed type and take a while to really get going in the mornings, how about adding a motivational mantra to the wall behind your bed, so that you wake up ready to take on the day? That's got to be better than a purely decorative headboard, right?

6. Playing double-duty.

scandinavian Bedroom by Laquercia21
Laquercia21

Letto isola

Laquercia21

Maybe you like the idea of a pretty headboard, but you also want to up the ante a little by adding some extra storage too? Well, this is the perfect solution! From this rear angle, you can see all the integrated shelving, but just wait until you see the front!

scandinavian Bedroom by Laquercia21
Laquercia21

Letto isola

Laquercia21

We did tell you that this was a gorgeous bed design! What a combination of function AND aesthetics!

7. All encompassing.

If your tastes lean a little more towards traditional headboards, but you want to put your own contemporary spin in things, how about a tall wraparound design, like the ones seen here, as well as a feature wall behind it? Talk about making an impression and creating a cozy vibe!

8. To divide the room.

modern Bedroom by Eisner Design
Eisner Design

Master bedroom

Eisner Design

When is a headboard not a headboard? When it's a freestanding room divide that separates a bedroom from the ensuite! This design has some serious wow factor and really seeks to make the most from the space! Love those mounted lights as well!

9. Secret storage.

modern Bedroom by manuarino architettura design comunicazione
manuarino architettura design comunicazione

camera da letto con testata contenitore

manuarino architettura design comunicazione

If you can honestly tell us that you have enough storage in your bedroom then we are really jealous! On the whole, we could all use a little more, which is why this built-in headboard, complete with drawers and cupboards, is so inspired. It looks sleek, but is so handy!

10. To showcase some color.

Finally, why let a fussy or old fashioned headboard get in the way of you demonstrating your style credentials, when you can negate a headboard altogether and just enjoy a wall of fashionable color? The gray here actually looks like one huge headboard anyway and the impact is terrific!

For more bedroom ideas, take a look at this article: 12 amazing bedroom designs!

Do any of these look perfect for your bedroom?
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