While browsing design images, I noticed divider/folding screens used as headboards in numerous photographs. I think it's a pretty neat idea. There are many people that don't read in bed or need a headboard to lean against. Some people don't even use pillows ( I happen to use 4 for my little self). So, in these cases where a headboard is not a necessity, why not try an unusual and unique approach and use a screen?
Some have great detail like this chinoiserie screen.