The Best Headboards for Dorm Rooms
You’ve probably seen the college dorm room makeover craze that’s taken over Pinterest. Undergrads aren’t settling for 100-square-foot boxes (or smaller!) of blank, boring space. Instead they're transforming their miniature domiciles into cozy homes away from home. Before and after photos of spruced-up dorm rooms are pretty astonishing, but at the core of these wow-factor projects is a desire to show off their personality by decorating their dorm room.
Decking out your tiny space with homey touches doesn’t have to break the bank and it's actually easier than you may think. One accessory worth spending on that has the ability to transform the whole room? A faux headboard. These styles attach to the wall or simply sit in place, so you don’t have to lug a heavy toolbox around on move-in day. Take your twin XL from stiff to snug with our favorite headboards for dorms. They'll instantly create a feeling of comfort in your new home away from home.
Wood Framed Headboard
A white wooden frame around a natural linen inset will warm up any dorm room in just a few seconds. It hangs on the wall so it can work with any bed no matter the height.
BUY IT: Wood Framed Headboard, $159; pbteen.com
Pink-and-White Upholstered Headboard
You’ll want to bring this upholstered headboard back every year. Choose between a beveled or arched style, and use Velcro to attach this lightweight piece to the wall.
BUY IT: Dorm Room Twin Headboard in Pink and White Geometric, $183; etsy.com
Pillow Faux Headboard
This piece combines the comfort of the pillow with the structured design of a headboard (a good choice for lofted beds).
BUY IT: Twill Pillow Faux Headboard, $99; pbteen.com
Teal Wicker Headboard
Pair this wicker headboard with white or neutral bedding for a bright pop of color that will add plenty of personality to the space.
BUY IT: Teal Blue Wicker Twin Size Headboard, $163; amazon.com
No Nails Scallop Faux Headboard
Bring Pottery Barn’s classic style to your room with a scalloped faux headboard. Dress up the linen fabric with a monogram for a personal touch.
BUY IT: No Nails Scallop Faux Headboard, $120; pbteen.com
Tufted Velvet Headboard
The plush velvet finish of this headboard will add an extra layer of texture while still remaining neutral enough to match any color scheme. Simply place it between the wall and bed frame to keep it in place.
BUY IT: Tufted Velvet Plush College Dorm Headboard, $104.99; amazon.com
No need for an extension cord with this savvy tech headboard. Two USB ports and two three-pronged outlets are hidden on the side, perfect for plugging in laptops and phones.
BUY IT: Tech Smart Avalon Faux Headboard, $269; pbteen.com
Nailhead trim, linen fabric, and an arched design will upgrade any dorm room and create a polished look. The provided legs allow you to choose from two height options.
BUY IT: $123.99; bedbathandbeyond.com
Preppy Faux Headboard
The scalloped frame and etched border give this piece a classic finish that will pull the whole room together. This headboard attaches to the wall, so it will work with any bed height. All necessary hardware is included.
BUY IT: Preppy Faux Headboard, $149; pbteen.com
Over-Bed Shelving Unit
Storage solutions are key for maximizing a dorm room’s minimal square footage. This headboard doubles as shelving for stashing books or displaying photos and decor. It fits securely between the bed and the wall.
BUY IT: Decorative Dorm Shelf in Marble Gray, $150; dormco.com
Twin/Twin XL Metallic Tufted Headboard Cushion
Go glam with an oversize metallic pillow from Dormify. Loops on the back of the headboard make hanging it from peel-and-stick hooks even easier.
BUY IT: Twin/Twin XL Metallic Tufted Headboard Cushion, $74; dormify.com
Kelly Pewter Headboard
Atlanta-based Room 422 specializes in stylish, functional dorm decor. Their upholstered foam headboards have washable covers and Velcro to the wall.
BUY IT: Kelly Pewter Headboard, from $165; room422.com