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Quilt Headboard




  • Wooden drapery rod
  • Two brackets
  • Hanging hardware


  1. Step 1

    Paint the drapery rod and brackets to match the bedroom walls, and let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Install the brackets above the bed, positioning them at the desired height, and put the rod in place.

  3. Step 3

    Drape the quilt over the rod, lining up the bottom edges so that it hangs evenly.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2008



Reviews (19)

  • lepetitmatin 6 Dec, 2010

    But if the quilt is heavy (as some can be) will the rod sag in the middle?? When you drape the quilt over the rod, it's impossible to set a center bracket for the rod... I want to hang a queen-size quilt. My only other thought is tapestry or curtain clips, but I don't like the look of that as much. I'd love other suggestions!

  • utalumabaylormomma 2 May, 2008

    Several years ago, I used a variation of this for our daughter's first college apt. We purchased a Martha quilt and used the matching shams stuffed with pillows for the headboard. We sewed ribbon and buttons to slide onto the curtain rod. It was a very sweet finished look, especially for a small apartment bedroom.

  • Sdreuter 2 May, 2008

    Love this idea. I have been trying to come up with some type of head board for my daughter's room and this is just what it needs!!

  • straythreads 2 May, 2008

    What a wonderful idea decorative and functional. Newer quilts are better to hang than antique and heirloom quilts. Quilters have demanded better quality fabric in recent years so color retention is more permanent so less fading. Cotton battings are alos stronger and available in several weight s or thicknesses making them lighter and easier to hang. has lots of quilts including some of mine.

  • NanaTaunton 2 May, 2008

    This is a great idea! I've been looking at head board designs and was about to make a quilted headboard using the pre-quilted fabric, but this is so much easier and I have just the right quilt all ready to go! And I can easily chnage the quilt per change of seasons.

  • LadyKay 2 May, 2008

    Please do not put an antique quilt hanging where light from a window or florescent lights shine on it. It will fade terribly. Be mindful of anyone leaning on the quilt where a head will touch it. Very thin plastic sheeting is available at stores you could protect the quilt with, but do take it off to let the material breathe occasionally as well. Enjoy. I plan to use my family heirloom in my guest bedroom over a brass rod like this.


    This is actually the perfect solution for a problem I have been having recently. I painted out all the furniture in my spare room white for a cohesive appearance, but was too tortured about painting my Grandmother's headboard, which is wood. I can put this on the wall and becasue of the space from the wall I can drape it over the headboard and solve two problems at once and not ruin anything for the future. Totally works for me.

  • kar-jer 1 May, 2008

    I think it is a wonderful idea, I have seen quilters display their wrok in homes but never thought of doing it as a headboard. Not worried about oil slicks - you dont need an antique or expensive quilt up there - just something w/ the colors you want. Save Grammy's quilt for the livingroom or something! Or over the railing if you have one. Space is a concern so this is great. very "cozy".

  • dembidj 1 May, 2008

    I did this in the north bedroom of our 1860 farmhouse. The old walls aren't that well insulated and the quilt really made a difference in temperature as well as style.

  • craftyc 1 May, 2008

    I have done something similar for a cottage bedroom using the woven throws that have a scene on them--such as loons on a lake, caribou with a mountain scene in the background or a nautical theme with sail boats, lighthouses, etc. Just suspend the rod higher up the wall so the entire scene can be "seen".

  • craftyc 1 May, 2008

    I have done something similar for a cottage bedroom using the woven throws that have a scene on them--such as loons on a lake, caribou with a mountain scene in the background or a nautical theme with sail boats, lighthouses, etc. Just suspend the rod higher up the wall so the entire scene can be "seen".

  • pegboard 1 May, 2008

    Great idea--especially for a guest room!

  • lbuser 1 May, 2008

    Hmmm - This would even be great with a piece of drapery or upholstery fabric folded and draped or 2 pieces side by side. Then I could swap it out when I get the urge to make changes. This is a really great idea.

  • ellenpmcgill 1 May, 2008

    I think it is a great idea, especially in rooms where you have limited space but want a more finished look. My bedroom is too small to accomodate a regular headboard. If you are worried about damaging the quilt, don't use it. Buy an inexpensive one instead. No brainer.

  • mickisuzanne 1 May, 2008

    This is exactly the idea I was looking for. I have a tall headboard but a super high wall on that side of the room. I needed something to take up some of the space and pull the colors together! This will be PERFECT - and I have just the quilt! (And no, no head will ever touch it; it will be above and behind the headboard!)

  • spaxton 28 Apr, 2008

    Love this idea. Wish I would have seen this before I went out

  • apotie 17 Apr, 2008

    The idea for a quilt headboard is a good one but there are things you need to do if you have antique quilts. The paint can stain or harm the quilt. I have hung my quilts on wooden rods with muslin material folded underneath doubled over. My sister who is a avid quilter gave me this hint.

  • kburden 8 Apr, 2008

    Who's gonna get the oil slicks out of the quilt on hubby's side? Not a great idea, if you ask me, especially if it's grandma's quilt hanging up there. Well, maybe MY hubby is the only one that likes to lean back and read in bed (and has oily hair) but I really don't think so ... ?

  • christmasDec25 2 Apr, 2008

    hi everyone from christmas dec25. i just love the ideas of hanging a favorite quilt in back of your bed. i just bought a new bed last year and i've been wanting to come up with an idea for a new head board but i don;t want to spent a lot of money on a new headboard and this would be great to do. you could take and change out the quilts as the seasons change.put one out for summer and then change it for fall and then christmas and so on.