Bedroom Headboard or Bed Head
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How to Choose a Headboard
Much like picture frames, headboards focus attention where it matters. They instantly dress up walls and beds, and many come with helpful storage options or cozy backrests for late-night reading or TV viewing. As part of a set or statements all on their own, these pieces are excellent for showing off your creativity and personal style.
Factoring in Size & Budget
To pick the right headboard size, consider what will look best with your existing room and furniture. Typically, they are the same width as the bed or wider to create visual balance in the room. Headboards that are too small make beds and other furniture appear oversized. Those who are tight on space may also want to consider a slim, wall-mounted piece, while those with large rooms to fill can go as big and plush as they want. Remember to take into account that smaller pieces tend to have smaller price tags and may be better options for budget-conscious buyers. Find the right size headboard that works for you:
Certain headboard heights may also work better for you and your space. The long, vertical lines of tall pieces can draw the eye upwards, making the most of rooms with high ceilings. On the other hand, keeping them relatively short makes low-ceilinged rooms look more spacious, like panel and slat headboards. Additionally, tall pieces tend to limit the need for other wall decor.
Choosing a Style
For old-world charm, try tufted leather headboards. Oversized wooden pieces with stark, clean lines add a modern touch, while curvy, wrought iron headboards are romantic and whimsical. Additional decorative details, like buttons, quilting, or nail heads, can also lend character to your space. They should complement the pieces in your room, but can also introduce texture and depth to existing designs like floral. For example, if you have mostly soft, upholstered pieces in your bedroom, consider a wooden headboard for some needed contrast.
Depending on your preferences and the needs of your space, you may prefer solid or open designs. Solid wood or upholstered are large pieces that create instant focal points in any bedroom. However, for those with small rooms or plans to place their headboards in front of windows, open pieces with slats or bars can create the illusion of greater space while letting in natural light.
Deciding on Materials
Upholstered headboards are made of composite wood with a layer of soft, fabric-covered foam. Leather, cotton, and linen are popular and durable fabric choices that come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. Fabrics like velvet, brocade, and silk are undeniably luxurious, but are also expensive and wear easily. Quality wrought iron and solid wood headboards can last a lifetime. Some wood pieces also provide helpful built-in shelves or ledges to store mugs, reading glasses, alarm clocks, reading lights, books, and decorations.
Wood headboards range in color from ash to mahogany, with options to fit any room. Stay in the same color family as your existing bedroom furniture. For example, oak furniture and walnut don't match exactly, but both have warm, yellow tones that pair well. For an element of the unexpected, try metal. Metal pieces look fresh and modern when painted, while those that retain their natural patina can look either antique or industrial. Upholstered headboards provide even more choices, with almost unlimited fabric options. To pick the best shade, consider the wall space behind your headboard. Neutral pieces pop against brightly painted walls, while dark headboards add drama to light-colored spaces. Check out our variety of colors including: