Headboard Buying Guide
Types of Headboards
Headboard Buying Tips:
• Choose a comfy upholstered headboard with high-density foam padding if you use your bed for reading and or gaming
• Look for high-quality materials and wear-resistant fabric for easy cleaning and durability
• Choose a custom-fit headboard slipcover to easily swap styles
• Avoid fabric headboards if you’re allergy prone
Headboard Size +
Headboards are made to fit standard bed widths, from single through king. Bed width refers to the width of the mattress. The exact dimensions differ from one manufacturer to the next, but the traditional mattress widths are as follows: • Single bed/twin bed: 96.5 cm • Single bed/twin bed, extra long (aka twin long): 96.5 cm • Double bed/full bed (aka standard): 134.5 cm • Queen size bed: 152.5 cm • California King (aka western king): 183 cm • King size bed (aka eastern king): 193 cm When selecting a headboard, start by determining your bed size. Next, consider the size of your bedroom because you want to ensure the headboard doesn't overwhelm the space. Finally, measure your hallways and doorways to ensure you can carry the headboard into your bedroom.
Headboard Materials +
Headboards come in a variety of materials, from elegant hardwoods like mahogany to classic metals like wrought iron and brass. It’s important to consider your nighttime habits, needs and lifestyle to choose the right material for your room. If you use your bed for lounging, reading and watching media, consider a durable wood headboard with plenty of upholstery and padding for your head and back. If you want a headboard that's easy to clean, resists dust and bedbugs and stands up to wear, a metal headboard may be your best bet. Metal headboards are also durable and well-suited to contemporary decor themes.
Headboard Colours & Patterns +
The right headboard can serve as a design focal point and set the tone for your bedroom. A headboard in muted colours and serene shades can inspire rest and relaxation after a stressful day. To energize your bedroom, choose a headboard with pops of colour and bold patterns. Be sure to select bedding with complementary colours and patterns, and consider how your headboard fits in with your drapery, rugs, walls, ceilings and other furnishings.
Headboard Shapes +
A sculptural design can add romantic flair to your bedroom and make it the perfect spot for snuggling. A slim, straight silhouette lends a masculine, modern vibe to a guestroom for overnight guests. A wingback design can add cozy charm that invites catnaps while helping keep your pillows on the bed. Choose a curved headboard to draw the eye up and help make your ceiling feel higher.
Fixed Headboards +
Fixed, or wall-mounted, headboards are attached to the wall behind your bed. Because they don’t have to match the size of your bed, you can opt for an oversized headboard for a dramatic effect. Before buying, find out if the headboard needs to be glued, nailed or screwed to the wall, and inspect your bedroom wall to ensure the headboard can be installed safely. Keep in mind that fixed headboards won’t help keep your sheets, mattress and pillows in place. However, it’s simple to swap out a wall-mounted headboard for a new look whenever the mood for a bedroom makeover strikes you.
Attached Headboards +
If you’re looking to sleep like a baby, an attached headboard will help you get tucked snugly into your bed. Attached headboards are fixed permanently to the back of your bed. This means you can use them to assist in holding your pillows, sheets and mattress in place. No matter how much you wiggle around at night, the attached headboard will remain firmly in place. Before buying, check your bed frame to ensure the headboard can be easily mounted to it. Many manufacturers include struts that allow an attached headboard to fit directly into the back of a standard-size bed.
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Headboard Maintenance Tips:
• Clean wood or metal headboards with a slightly damp cloth with a mixture of water and mild liquid dish soap.
• Wipe with a damp, non-abrasive cloth and buff dry
• Regularly steam clean fabric headboards and remove dust with a handheld vacuum
• Spot clean and dry stains immediately to prevent mould buildup in underlying foam
• Use washable pillows and pillowcases as a buffer to prevent hair oils from damaging headboards