Hello, I have 2 extra long twin beds pushed together to make one big bed. I need a headboard, but it can't be too high or it blocks the windows. I've thought of making one but can't hang it on the wall, it would have to be hooked to the bed somehow.
could you create a frame that is as wide as the two beds pushed together minus 1 inch on each side and about 10 inches tall ... staple a fabric to it and hang. light as a feather (almost) one layer of batting would 'plush' it up a tad.
check out Etsy.com Mariescosycushions
and then look at the hanging wall art in her 'shop'
You could also stretch fabric over a grouping of three or five (space wider for the three obviously) 8 x 8 or similiar wooden panels (Homedept can cut for you into exact size. make out of very thin plywood or any thin wood. Bet you can even use foamboard and hang those (very lightweight) and you can slightly pad them for thickness. There are also decals including adhesive fabric decals on etsy.
Lots of fabric design ideas on etsy and you can even buy the fabric there. You can go to the alchemy section and ask for bids on the project --tell them you want to spend 10 or less on each 'panel' or 15 or whatever you can afford. You will get bidders.
Right now Michaels has these perfect wooden (clean clean no splinters smooth finished wood) crates for 5 dollars !! very light colored wood. Not rough at all - no knots - clear light wood. Can be painted or stained. Can screw a few into the wall and double as bookcase or holder for lamps, clocks etc.
If you have a feel for 'whimsy' you can get a string of wall pennants (? spelling) beautiful fabrics - usually run about 20 dollars for six feet - grown up fabrics etc. Run from maybe 4 inches long to the point of the triangle and I have seen them as long as 8 inches.
Or you can purchase a decorative (or plain) molding and attach to the wall in a long rectangle or a group of squares and paint the inside, wall paper the inside, fabric the inside, glue buttons inside, old jewelry, clock faces, ...whatever.. use the molding as the 'framing.' Old black and white photos of you as a child -- all same size...same frame... hang in a row. I actually think that small space that you have lends itself to more easy options than a larger wall would. Post a photo of whatever you decide.