Headboards create a focal point in any bedroom in your annexe so it’s important to make the right choice. There are lots of things to consider before you buy, for example, whether you value comfort over everything, or if you’re more intent that your bed makes a statement.
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 marks. Wooden or rattan headboards, on the other hand, will create a stylish impact but won’t offer the comfort of upholstered headboards.
Upholstered headboards are ideal for comfort, and can create a striking statement if covered in bold, patterned fabric. Alternatively, blush pink and grey are the neutrals of the moment if you’re after a more restful feel. Buttoned designs are back in fashion and now come in curvier and plumper styles you won’t resist sinking into.
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 pillows.
Wooden headboards are great for country-style bedrooms and traditional schemes. Or choose an intricate carved design for more of an eastern-inspired look.
Metal headboards will give a room a chic, urban feel, which is great for minimal-style bedrooms.
Should I choose a freestanding or detached headboard?
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. The best thing to do is measure the screw holes to ensure you’ll get a good fit when you buy.
What size headboard do I need?
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 is advised, as when you add a duvet it might look otherwise look short. Ideally, it should be two inches wider than your matttress on either size, although headboards can be anywhere between zero and four inches.