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7 Things You Didn’t Know Mattered about Headboards

Very few things make you feel more like an adult than adding a headboard to your bed. A headboard launches you into a world of sophistication from which you’ll never want to turn back. Now we’ve convinced you to stop what you’re doing and commence OPERATION HEADBOARD, let’s talk about how we’re going to select the perfect headpiece for your bed.

Here are seven things you didn’t know about selecting the right headboard, courtesy of Alicia Lacy of Curbly

1. Finish. For the most part, the bed is the largest piece of furniture in the bedroom and can set the tone for your space. Are you looking for something soft and regal, like a linen upholstery? Or what about something sleek and natural, like leather or woodgrain?

2. Size matters. A standard Queen headboard measures around 48″ tall (including the legs). Choosing something lower will give your bed a more modern look and lower profile; something taller will add more drama, impact and draw more attention. 

3. Mix and match. A set of matching furniture just isn’t for everyone. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and get eclectic in your bedroom. If you have a big, overstuffed chair or ottoman at the foot of the bed, maybe consider a leather or wooden headboard to add some visual interest. Similarly, if your room already has a large wooden armoire or dresser, soften those edges with a beautiful upholstered headboard.

4. How will it mount? Some headboards attach to your bedframe; others mount to the wall. Understand how your headboard attaches before you buy. If you’re renting your space, you may not want to mount something that substantial to the wall.

5. Contrast or blend in? Think about your wall color; if it’s a deep, saturated tone, consider a contrasting headboard to make the bed pop. On the other hand, a headboard that blends in with the wall color will give the room a quieter, calmer look. Choosing a neutral color gives you the opportunity to swap out bedding, curtains and accessories more often.

6. Forgo a footboard? A footboard can keep your headboard company and your mattress in place. But depending on how you sleep (do your feet hang off the end of the bed?) or how big your space is (does a footboard make your room seem more closed-off?), you might want to forgo the footboard.

7. Extra storage. Small spaces can benefit from a bookcase headboard or platform bed with storage. While style options may be limited for these pieces, sometimes you just can’t ignore your functional needs for bedroom storage.


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