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While they may not be essential, headboards offer a design touch that can pull your design ideas together. The Greeks and Romans used them to help shield their beds from cold drafts, but it was the pharaohs in ancient Egypt who first added luxurious, ornate versions for purely aesthetic reasons. While headboards offer functional benefits, they can also elevate and personalize your bedroom decor. If you’re feeling creative, a headboard is the perfect DIY project.

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1. Paint your wall to create a faux headboard

A roll of masking tape, a level, and a three-inch paint roller are all you need to create a faux headboard that’s easy on the budget. Start by marking out the canvas area on the wall using the masking or painter's tape. Use the level to make sure your tape is accurately aligned. For a standard bed frame and mattress set, the height should be about 52 inches from the floor, and the width should be about 2 to 4 inches wider than the mattress. Freehand your design or use stencils or sponges along with coordinating paint colors to produce your masterpiece. Tip: use chalkboard paint to make your faux headboard a canvas for customizable chalk designs.

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