Headboards were originally created to keep pillows and bed linens in place. Strictly a functional piece then, a headboard now adds an entirely new element of style to the bedroom. If you feel like your bedroom is lacking, invest in a quality headboard to take your décor to a whole new level. Consider these tips as you make your headboard decision.
What style should you choose? Since a headboard’s closest neighbor is the bed itself, be sure the two styles are complementary. Beds often come complete with the headboard; in that case, be sure the bed set is in line with the overall bedroom décor. You may want to go more traditional with a solid wood headboard, or go eclectic with an antique wrought-iron choice.
How do you decide on the shape? Headboards can be created in any shape you can dream up, particularly if you go custom. Determine what kind of statement you want to make with your headboard before making your choice. For example, square or rounded corners are more traditional, while the curves from a Hanover or Regent-style headboard will add a little drama.
Should you upholster your headboard? Though upholstered headboards lost some of their luster in the 1990s, the look has returned and is a popular decision for many designers. Not only are upholstered headboards more comfortable to sit against, but they tend to be visually appealing while adding texture and color to a room. Plus, the options are endless: headboards can be tufted, monogrammed, quilted, slip-covered, and more. Browse through bedrooms in Houzz Ideabooks to see examples of upholstered headboards to get a good sense of what might look right in your room.
How do you know what size to get? In regard to physically fitting it to your bed, simply refer to the size of your bed. Most headboards are created to fit the standard sizes of beds: twin, double, queen, king, or California King. Height is entirely up to you: keep it lower for a more modern, clean look, or raise it high to create a dramatic focal point. Be sure it’s still in proportion to the rest of your room so it isn’t overshadowed or visually overwhelming.
Could you use extra storage? Sneak it into your headboard by finding one that comes with built-in drawers, bookcases or cabinets.