When I think of a rustic headboard, I typically think of logs. However, there are other ways to achieve a rustic bed with either an attached headboard or a faux headboard on the wall. All of the headboards that I have found are designed with some kind of wood. Whether it be logs, branches, burls or slices of wood, they all have the rustic, natural look in common.
This first headboard is super simple and is what we did in our guest room for a quick lodgy look. The sliced section of birch tree is simply screwed into the wall behind the bed frame. We put it high enough so that a person could lean back against a pillow without rubbing on the headboard.
I love this headboard from Wood Railing (awoodrailing.com). The way the branches cross each other is so artsy and rustic at the same time. I also like the fact that the main posts are curvy. It gives it a great whimsical look!
This next faux headboard shows that you can go rustic and girly romantic at the same time. I love the white birch and the added sparkle of the lights of this bed from Pinterest. This is another simple headboard that is just attached to the wall. All you need to do is find the trees for an enchanting and whimsical design.
Here is something that you can do with any bed. If you want to add a little rustic to your room, then simply insert tall branches behind your existing headboard or bed. This was a great idea done by Row House Nest to achieve this fun clean look.
Traditionally, this headboard from Log Cabin Rustics (logcabinrustics.com) is what we are used to seeing with a rustic bed. This type will always look great in rustic decor, especially in a cabin or lodge.
For the ultimate in rustic elegance, this redwood burl headboard from Natures Woods (natures-woods.com) is super high class. Burl wood makes beautiful furniture in great irregular shapes. No two pieces would ever be the same so you would definitely have a one of a kind headboard.