(This is a wrought iron balcony in New Orleans. It looks gray because the sun is hitting it–it is actually black in real life.)
Here’s an idea if you need a headboard for your bed: Use a balcony railing. Salvaged balcony railings, especially the wrought iron kind, can make a elegant headboard in a bedroom. I have seen some pretentious designers use these beautiful remnants of the past as headboards and have always liked the effect. But there’s no reason to pay those guys thousands when you can purchase the railing at salvage yards and make headboards on your own. After all, ideas are free!