How to choose the right headboard

We've made a list of of the most important things to consider before buying a headboard

Headboards create a focal point in any bedroom so it’s important to make the right choice. Here’s a list of things to consider before you buy.

Comfort versus design

* If you read or watch TV in bed,
then you’ll be better off with a padded or upholstered headboard. Since
you’ll be leaning against it, a dark colour or print will disguise any

* Metal or wooden headbaords will create a stylish statement but won’t offer the comfort of upholstered headboards.

What are the design choices?

* Upholstered headboards are ideal for comfort and can create a striking statement if covered in bold, patterned fabric.
Buttoned headboards are back in fashion and now come in sleeker,
streamlined shapes giving them a modern edge. Look out for buttoned
headboards upholstered in suede for the ultimate in luxury and comfort.

* Leather headboards
are good for bringing a sleek, modern look to contemporary bedrooms,
but remember, the leather can be cold so you may need a few extra

* Wooden headboards are great for country-style bedrooms and traditional schemes.

* Metal headboards will give a room a chic, urban feel, which is great for minimal style bedrooms.

Freestanding or attached?

* If you’re buying a bed
from scratch, you may want to consider choosing a bed with a headboard
already attached. You’ll be guaranteed that it all matches and you won’t
have the expense of buying a separate headboard. However, your choice
will be more limited and you’ll have to change the bed as well as the
board if you fancy a new look.

* If you’re choosing a headboard for a divan bed,
you will be spolit for choice and it will be easy to change if you feel
like a new look. Remember to check out the bed’s fittings before you
buy as not all headboards fit all beds.

What size?

* Consider the height of the people that will be using the headboard. Some headboards won’t be high enough for tall people, and children won’t need a headboard that’s as high as an adult’s.

* Choosing a headboard that’s wider than the bed will create a sophisticated and contemporary look.

Looking to for more bedroom ideas? Take a look at our essential guide to buying a wardrobe.

Use our product finder to find the right headboard for you.

Wallpaper a headboard

* For a stylish headboard on a budget, why not add a panel of bold
wallpaper behind the bed. Paper the width of the bed and half way up the
wall. Not only will it create the look of a headboard, it will bring a
focal point to an otherwise plain room.

Use our product finder to find the right headboard for you.

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