Dream bedrooms: how to choose the perfect upholstered headboard

The upholstered headboard has been in and out of fashion since the 17th century. Right now the upholstered headboard is bang on trend. And it’s the perfect piece of furniture to bring a real sense of elegance, style and wow-factor into the bedroom.

We’ve put together a guide on how to choose the perfect headboard for your bed. For everything there is to know about the humble upholstered headboard, read on.

Choosing the right headboard for your bed

There are 5 important factors to consider when choosing an upholstered headboard.

  1. Padding
  2. Size
  3. Style
  4. Fabric
  5. Colour

Don’t assume all headboards are the same size, or are equally well-padded. They’re not. There are also a huge range of different styles, and you’ll need to make decisions on fabric and colours too.

There are many bedroom furniture shops selling upholstered headboards with a huge variety to choose from. Snug interiors, for example, have a wide selection of upholstered headboards in a range of fabrics. Why not turn your bedroom into a dream? Here are some great tips to help you make the right choices when it comes to choosing the perfect upholstered headboard.

Tips for the appropriate amount of padding

Upholstered headboards vary considerably in how padded they are. Some are sparsely padded and uncomfortable, while others are plump, or even decadently overstuffed. If you are planning on leaning on your headboard, you’ll need to make sure your headboard includes an appropriate amount of padding to make it comfortable for your head to lean on. Try before you buy! If your headboard doesn’t have enough padding, you can always bulk up with extra pillows and cushions to lean on.

Tips for getting the right size

It goes without saying you’ll need to choose a headboard appropriate to the size of your bed (single, queen, double, king, or super-king). Importantly, measure the size of your bed, even if you think you know the size. Just a few centimetres too small could spoil the effect. It’s ok to have a headboard that is slightly larger, but definitely not smaller. Ideally it should be exactly the same size as your bed width to create the perfect look.

If your headboard is wall mounted it can actually look quite effective if it is larger than the size of your bed, especially if it’s a statement art-piece effect you are going for. With any floor standing headboard, you really need it to be the same size as your bed.

Tips for selecting a type or style

Headboards come in all sorts of styles, from vintage elegant designs to simple modern and wow-factor contemporary statement pieces. The design you choose could have a dramatic impact in the overall look of your bedroom and should be chosen to match the existing style of the room. Even simple headboards can add a certain elegance and style.

If you have other modern furnishings, then a simple modern or contemporary style will work best. Elegant headboards can also work in simple rooms, and are perfect in vintage and more refined spaces. Think deep buttoning and soft curves.

For a luxurious finish, full-length headboards fit the bill. If you are on a budget, headboards on struts are a less expensive option.

Tips for selecting a type of fabric

With so many upholstered headboards to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to fabric. Opt for a fabric that complements the other furniture in your bedroom. Obviously, the better quality the material, the more refined your headboard will look and the longer it will last. Most headboard stockists will offer a free swatch service so you can match the fabric perfectly to your existing bedroom décor.

Given that you’ll likely be leaning on your headboard when you are sitting up in bed, the fabric you choose should be comfortable and soft to the touch as well. Chenille, polyester and velvet are poplar choices.

Tips for selecting colour

If you’ve decided to have a headboard for your bed, you’ll likely be deliberating over colour, as much a style. It’s a common mistake to pick a brightly coloured headboard on a whim, but it’s an expensive piece of furniture to replace when your passion for magenta wanes. That’s not to say you have to rule out a bright colour. Just think carefully. The colour of your headboard requires as much careful consideration as the style.

A statement colour can bring wow-factor to your bedroom, especially if the décor is more muted. Graphic prints or bold colours work like a piece of art and give great visual focus. Be sure the colour you pick doesn’t clash with your bedding (unless you are replacing that too). Neutral coloured headboards create a much more subtle backdrop, but give you much greater flexibility to go bold with the colour of your bedding.

There’s no better way to bring real style to the bedroom; the upholstered headboard works like a dream.