Headboard Guide: Why Buy a Headboard?
While getting your bed right is vital for comfort, it's usually the headboard that helps create that perfect, stylish finishing touch.
But headboards aren't just for making a style statement - there are actually countless benefits to using a headboard. From why you should have a headboard to the different types available, our headboard guide has everything you need to know.
Why Have a Headboard?
We're often asked 'can you have a bed without a headboard?', or whether a headboard is really necessary. And, while it's not an absolute must, there are countless benefits that having a headboard can bring. These include;
1. Prevent Damage to the Wall
If your bed is directly up against the wall, the edges of the bed can rub against the wall and damage paintwork. Plus, it's a fact that when we sleep, we often sweat. If you don't have a headboard, your head is likely to brush up against the wall meaning any sweat or oil can cause wear and tear over time. With a headboard, this worry is eliminated.
2. Get Comfier Sitting in Bed
Whether you're settling in to watch TV, scroll social media, or curl up with a good book, most people find themselves regularly sitting up in bed. With a headboard, you can enjoy extra head and back support and a firm surface to rest your pillows.
3. Don't Lose Your Pillows
Speaking of pillows, without a headboard, you mind find them going missing in the night. A lack of headboard often means a slight gap between your bed and the wall - the perfect hiding place for pillows! A headboard means your pillows will stay safe and secure, so you can rest easy all night long.
4. Banish the Cold
If you're sleeping up against a poorly insulated wall, you're much more likely to feel the effects of the cold during the night. A headboard adds an extra layer of insulation, keeping the cold at bay while you sleep.
5. Add Style to Your Bedroom
Finally, headboards are great for bringing a sense of style to your boudoir. Whether you're looking to create a cosy ambience or want a striking, dramatic style, there are a huge range of headboards available that can bring that extra touch of 'je ne sais quoi' to your space.
It goes without saying that the size of your headboard should match the size of your bed, so if you have a double bed, you need a double headboard, and so on. However, there are several other things to consider, such as the size and layout of your room.
Measure your space and ensure the headboard won't take up too much room. Take any windows or alcoves into account too, to make sure the headboard will fit perfectly without any obstructions. Here are some additional things to think about…
How High Should a Headboard Be Above the Bed?
A common question we're asked is how much taller than the bed the headboard should be. The answer is usually - it depends! The standard height of a headboard is from around 14 to 29 inches, though you can opt for taller or shorter if you prefer.
The height of a headboard depends a lot on your sleeping and lounging habits and the kind of style you want in your bedroom. If you spend a lot of time hanging out in bed, you may prefer a taller headboard that will allow you to sit up comfortably. If you purely use your bed for sleeping, a shorter headboard will suit you well.
The height of your headboard can also make a huge difference when it comes to style. For a grand, dramatic look, a tall headboard is ideal. For something a little sleeker and more modern, look at shorter headboard styles.
How Big is a Single Headboard?
Our single bed headboards are designed to fit our standard single beds, so are 3' x 6'3”.
How Big is a Double Bed Headboard?
Our double bed headboards match the size of our double beds, so are 4'6” x 6'3”.
How Big is a King Size Headboard?
Our king size headboards are made to fit with our standard king size beds, so are 5' x 6'6”.
How to Measure Headboard Height
If you want to measure your headboard, you can simply do this with a tape measure. Measure from the top of the mattress up to the top of the headboard to determine the height.
What are the Different Types of Headboards?
There are a few different types of headboards that you can choose from depending on your preferences and needs. Here are some of the popular types…
What is a Floor Standing Headboard?
A floor standing headboard is a headboard that is separate from the bed frame; it stands directly behind the bed frame on the floor. While it comes as an individual component, it can be attached to the bed frame.
What is a Strutted Headboard?
A strutted headboard comes with two reinforced 'struts'. These are used to attach the headboard securely to the bed frame, so there is no chance of it coming loose. Strutted headboards often come with the benefit of being height adjustable.
What is a Tufted Headboard?
A tufted headboard is a style of headboard. It is upholstered, and the fabric is secured in place with a button or knot.
How to Choose a Headboard
Choosing a headboard comes down to personal style - what kind of décor do you like? Here's some things to consider when choosing a headboard…
What Colour Headboard Should I Get?
This all comes down to the colour of your room and the style you're going for. For a timeless style that will go with anything, you can opt for a neutral wood, cream, or grey headboard. If you're looking to make more of a statement, a bold blue or green headboard is perfect for you.
What Style Headboard Should I Get?
From subtle styles to bold designs, there are a range of options to choose from when it comes to your headboard. Traditional, panel and slatted headboards are popular choices - they're timeless, subtle, and will fit easily into any décor style.
What Material Headboard Should I Get?
The material of your headboard comes down to personal preference and what you will be using the bed for. If you spend lots of time sitting and lounging in bed, an upholstered headboard with a padded back is ideal - it's timeless and incredibly comfortable. For easy cleaning and a durable option, you can explore wooden or metal headboards.
How to Care for a Headboard
While upholstered headboards are always popular, many people worry about their upkeep of them, asking whether they're hard to clean or if they get dirty. The answer is the same as all your furniture - they will look better for longer with regular cleaning.
For simple spot cleaning, we'd recommend lukewarm water. Fabric deodorant and vacuum cleaners can also be used to keep upholstered headboards dust-free and smelling fresh. For tougher stains, you can clean upholstered furniture with a stain removal solution.
For more detailed information about cleaning fabric headboards, head over to our Fabric Care Guide.
Can You Buy Just a Headboard?
While many beds come with headboards included, you absolutely can buy a headboard if that's what you prefer. In fact, having an individual bed frame and headboard makes it quick and easy to redecorate and update your space without having to replace the entire bed. Our range of divan beds are available without headboards, if you want to mix and match your bedroom style!
Where to Buy a Headboard?
If you're looking to replace your headboard, you can do it right here at Happy Beds. We offer a range of different styles and colours to bring a touch of pizzazz into your bedroom - no matter your décor style. Explore the full headboard collection today to begin your bedroom makeover.