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How to Fake a Headboard

choosing and arranging bed pillows

As summer boating season approaches, Chris and I have been doing a few small updates and tweaks at the lake cottage. We want our home to not only be a relaxing retreat for us, but for our friends and family as well. When we first looked at the house, I knew I wanted to keep the wallpaper in the guest bedroom. It’s so bright and cheerful you can’t help but be happy when you enter the room. 

how to make a headboard using pillows

Since this is our second home, we’re on a limited budget, but want each room to feel fresh, comfortable and special. Bedding can help achieve all of the above and double as a headboard! Every bed needs a little height, but at this time, a headboard is not an option so I used pretty pillows to fake a headboard and make the room feel luxe!

give the illusion of a headboard by using pillows

To be honest, I’m not always on top of my pillow game. I love them, but find the size, number, etc to be a little challenging, so I thought I’d break it down for you in case you feel the same.

How to fake a headboard:

For a King, start with 3 Euro shams / pillows to create the backdrop, for a Queen or Full use 2

Then layer with 2 standard size shams / pillows

Finish with 2 square, a bolster or another standard size pillow

how to arrange pillows to look like a headboard

You can never have too many pillows! Give me all the pillows! I just love layering textures and adding accent colors like this pretty delphinium blue.

how to create a headboard using pillows

how to arrange bed pillows

You can recreate this look here that my friends at Annie Selke sent me upon request:

Annie Selke Luxe Isabella Sham in White/Delphinium | Annie Selke Luxe Lazio Delphinium Matalasse Sham | Pine Cone Hill Laundered White Ruffle Sham | Pine Cone Hill Laundered White Ruffle Duvet Cover 

What are your best bed making tips? I need all the help I can get for my least favorite chore. My answer is always more pillows because they make it pretty without the fuss.


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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner


9 comments on “How to Fake a Headboard”

  1. This is probably the most beautiful guest room I’m ever seen! I love that wallpaper is making a come-back, and this faux headboard idea is brilliant!

  2. I love how you used the layering pillows to create height, texture and design to this space!!! I also love the femininity and warmth – it will be very welcoming to guests!

  3. Cannot get over how gorgeous this is- fresh new bedding made that wallpaper even cooler! So pretty.

  4. Great idea. Puffy pillows are the best!

  5. This is such a great idea! I love the pillows and that wall paper!

  6. What a gorgeous room, Julie! From the wallpaper to the linens and pillows, you’ve added the perfect touches. I especially love that ruffle pillow!

  7. Ok, this room is just gorgeous! What a great use of pillows.

  8. I love the use of pillows for a headboard! Beautiful guest room!

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