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



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