Best Headboards

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A headboard helps to set the theme of your bedroom. It will usually match your other bedroom furnishings, but in some cases, it might be a standalone that complements the rest of your furnishings or makes a statement about you. It can also be a convenience item if it includes shelves, electrical or digital connections or a place for your book, diary or small personal items. In a small house that has limited space, a good headboard can become a place to keep things that might otherwise become lost. Décor, space-saving, your headboard, your statement about you.

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Our Picks

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Hermione Upholstered Panel Headboard

Hermione Upholstered Panel Headboard

This padded headboard provides a romantic silhouette and the upholstered comfort to lean against as you read in bed. Its exquisite curved corners and button tufting provide a whimsical look. The sloping curves of the indented corners give a strong, classic appearance. Two strong wooden posts support this upholstered headboard and, with five pre-drilled screw holes and a two for the bed frame, it can fit just about any configuration. This product does need assembly.

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Bennett Queen Upholstered Panel Headboard

Bennett Queen Upholstered Panel Headboard

Headboards are an easy way to jazz up your bedroom. In master bedrooms, the bed is generally the focal point, and a stunning headboard can make the space stylish and inviting. This piece is stretched over a metal frame and is upholstered in polyester. Button tufting across the rectangular light-grey headboard makes this headboard an excellent choice for modern and classic décors. This headboard fits either a full or queen bed frame and requires assembly.

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Therrien Upholstered Panel Headboard

Therrien Upholstered Panel Headboard

The clean lines and crisp contouring of this headboard make it a spot-on choice for modern or mid-century modern bedrooms. It is either wall or frame-mounted and stands at four feet so as not to overwhelm the space. Two rectangular blocks of foam covered in grey twill run across the dark finish of the metal frame to provide padded back support and a contemporary look that is sleek and refined.

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Thelonius Upholstered Panel Headboard

Thelonius Upholstered Panel Headboard

This panel headboard emits a refreshingly romantic vibe with gentle lines and soft fabric over a metal frame. Diamond tufting flecks the fabric and subtle nailhead trim outlines the delicate slope of the headboard. Updating your headboard is an easy way to rebrand your bedroom without a lot of effort or funds. This headboard would pair very well with a whimsical classic motif or nature-inspired modern.

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Candice Upholstered Wingback Headboard

Candice Upholstered Wingback Headboard

This wingback, tufted headboard matches almost any aesthetic by mixing traditional components with a daring new shape and a double row of stylish nailhead trim. Solid-hued linen is stretched over a wood frame with metal legs upholstered in the same linen for a seamless look. A double dose of diamond tufting across the back is a contemporary take on an old classic, and the wingbacks add a modicum of privacy as they wrap around the head of the bed.

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Francis Upholstered Panel Headboard

Francis Upholstered Panel Headboard

This modern headboard is a sleek and simple way to spruce up your bedroom. If you don’t have a lot of resources, swapping out your headboard is a great way to enliven your sleeping space and add a dash of style. This gorgeous headboard has a rectangular silhouette and biscuit tufting all the way across, giving it a comfortable and inviting feel. Springy foam on a wooden frame is wrapped in easy-to-clean fabric. This product is compatible with adjustable beds.

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Chu Queen Slat Headboard

Chu Queen Slat Headboard

This open metalwork headboard elevates any tailored décor with its modern take on a classic style. A gentle slope of black tubed metal is broken up with slatted rods topped with round finials. To create a pulled-together look in any bedroom, pair this streamlined headboard with a colorful throw rug or jazzy comforter and throw pillows. The sleek, simple design adapts to almost any motif and is an excellent backdrop for showier colors and patterns.

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Zoe Upholstered Panel Headboard

Zoe Upholstered Panel Headboard

A timeless addition to any modern master bedroom, this sleek upholstered headboard is defined by its simple lines and solid background. A true classic with a camelback shape and nailhead trim, this headboard comes in neutral hues to match any color scheme. Set on a wood frame and at a fantastic price, this headboard would pull any room together with its understated elegance and well-appointed details.

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Fuente Upholstered Panel Headboard

Fuente Upholstered Panel Headboard

This solid black headboard exudes confidence and durability. Upholstered in a polyester blend and set on a sturdy metal frame, this headboard has button tufting in a diamond pattern across its expanse, adding textural details to its sleek style. If you’re looking for a headboard to serve as a focal point of your bedroom or the backdrop for flashier colors and patterns, this headboard is perfect. Paired with a showy rug or throw pillows, this headboard is a stand-out.

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Chittim Slat Headboard

Chittim Slat Headboard

This metal and wood-framed headboard is an excellent addition to a bedroom in a classic or whimsical style. Sturdy wooden posts frame an open ironwork design in the middle for an open inviting look. Showcase the curved design details with simple bed linens and a comforter in a solid color. This headboard is designed to attach to your present bed frame, so updating your bedroom has never been easier.

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Buying Guide

In the past, headboards were necessary in homes that were poorly insulated or not insulated at all. They were made of wood and built to create space between the wall and the bed so that the cold air would sank to the floor rather than onto the sleeper.

Today, our bedrooms are comfortably heated, even toasty, but, along the way, the headboard became an ordinary part of the bedroom suite. It adds greatly to the overall décor and keeps our pillows propped up when we read or watch television in bed.

A headboard is an important element in the well-appointed bedroom and could influence other design decisions, so choose carefully. We have here a "primer" on headboards to help you make an informed decision.

Panel

This is your basic headboard. It is flat and rectangular and so-named because it features panels of wood. But not all of the time these days. Panel headboards now come in every style, from minimalist to ornate, and every material. No matter what your décor, you will find a suitable panel headboard. It's one of the easiest ways to upgrade and update your plain bedroom and give a bit of a boutique-hotel vibe.

Wingback

The wingback headboard gives a fresh, feminine look to any bedroom décor. You can easily update a bedroom without doing major renovations. The headboard has two panels (wings) that jut out on either side of the bed's headspace. Most wingbacks are upholstered, and tufted upholstery has become a hallmark of this style of headboard.

Slat (Mission Style)

Also called Mission Style, the slat headboard has vertical or horizontal slats made of wood, metal or natural fibers. A simple outer frame may be curved or have flat sides. There are countless versions, including French country, rustic, traditional, contemporary, Shaker and coastal.

Open-Frame

An open-frame headboard brings a casual elegance to the bedroom. It has a simple outer frame, same as the slat headboard, but the inner bars or slats are elaborately intricate. Usually the open-frame is made of metal, but when fashioned from natural fibers, it has a definite coastal vibe. When made of wood with a design of geometric shapes, it works well in contemporary décor. It also makes a fun transition headboard when toddler Johnny grows into his "big boy" bed.

If your bed is in front of a recessed window, the open-frame will not obstruct the outdoor view.

Sleigh

The sleigh headboard is definitely elegant, with a gentle backward slope such as a horse-drawn sleigh has. May be simple or elaborate. Simple for a farmhouse décor; elaborate for traditional European, such as French Provincial. Upholstered sleigh headboards provide extra comfort when you read in bed. Faux leather sleighs are ideal for modern decors. Carvings at the top of the sleigh, particularly open carvings with metal accents, "punch up" a rustic décor.

The size of your room must be factored into the size of the headboard. If you have a large room, especially one with a high ceiling, you can go as large as you wish. If you have a small room, a large headboard would overwhelm the room.

Width

  • Make sure you have the exact measurements of your bed when you shop. If it is too narrow by only a few inches (centimeters), it will be noticeably "off." Think of back in the day when a boy wore slacks just a few inches too short. Yes, your headboard will look that "dorky." If it is a few inches too wide, it will not be a problem. The standard width is 0 - 3 inches (0 to 7.6 centimeters) wider than the bed frame.
  • There are situations where the headboard is ultra chic when extra wide: if it extends beyond your bedside tables, if it is twice as wide as a standard one; if the headboard spans the whole wall. Lucky you if you can manage that last one. It can be absolutely stunning. But tread carefully.

Height

  • Standard height ranges from 14 inches (35.5 centimeters) above the top of the mattress to 48 inches (122 centimeters) or more.
  • The wider the bed, the taller the headboard, but the headboard is never taller than the bed is long.
  • If you're tall, a taller headboard with be more comfortable when you read or watch TV.
  • Taller headboards add drama to the bedroom.

You do not need to be a carpenter to make your own headboard. In fact, you can do it even if you have never made anything before. Not only is it immensely satisfying, but you will also have a headboard like no other - one that reflects your style and personality. It is also a budget-friendly way to go.

  • Use reclaimed materials, such as old wooden doors, paneled room dividers, dismantled fences,  or antique fireplace mantels.
  • Wrap a piece of plywood with polyester batting then cover in any fabric you like, such as a wildlife scene, tropical flowers or Cubist art.  
  • Get a piece of wallpaper with a design you love and the size of the headboard you want. Paste it to the wall behind your bed, then frame it with decorative crown molding.
  • Put up a large piece of art or large wall accents.