Wake up even the sleepiest bedroom with a luxurious upholstered headboard. You won't have the same wear-and-tear concerns as with a sofa or chair, but it's wise to approach buying an upholstered headboard as you would any piece of furniture. High quality materials, comfort, and long-lasting style are key. Consider these tips when choosing the focal point of your at-home getaway.
Shop Smart: Look for a hardwood frame with high density foam padding, wear-resistant fabric, and a covered back. A custom-fit slipcover is a bonus for easy style swaps and cleaning.
Measure Up: Height is important. A tall mattress and stacks of pillows will obscure a too-short headboard. For lean-back comfort, measure your height when sitting in bed.
Install With Ease: Most headboards come with hardware that attaches to standard bed frames. You can wallmount one using D-ring hooks or interlocking hanging brackets.
Keep Clean: Use a pillow to keep hair oils off upholstery. Clean regularly with a vacuum brush; a lint brush works for touch-ups. For stains, spot-clean or call an upholstery cleaner.
Tall & Simple Headboard: This simple design reaches lofty heights and partially obscures the view from the window behind it, creating privacy and providing a comfortable backrest for sitting in bed.
Colorful Choices: Headboards not only crown a bed, but also can introduce a welcome burst of color. This green-and-white upholstered headboard pops against the saturated taupe walls and crisp white bedding.
Contrasting Pattern: Besides color, headboards also can introduce patterns to a bedroom. Here, a large gingham pattern creates a geometric focal point in a sea of floral patterns. Scale is important when mixing patterns. A small gingham print would have been lost against the bold floral wallpaper and the wall would have been too busy. But with this headboard¿s oversized design, the pattern mixes in well.
Shapely Design: Add a romantic curve to your bedroom with a sculptural headboard. The curved design of this tufted headboard acclimates well in a space filled with luxurious soft fabrics and elegant patterns. A curved headboard like this one also can also help draw the eye up and make the ceiling feel higher.
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