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Although a headboard is often seen as a decorative element, it is also a practical one as well. They allow you to prop yourself up while watching TV, reading, working or even eating. Most pieces, especially upholstered and padded headboards, offer a nice comfortable backing for ultimate relaxation, while other wood and metal options are trendy yet not quite as comfortable. Whether you're looking for king or single bed headboards (or something in between), here's what you should consider:

Why are there headboards on beds?

Originally wood headboards were used to shield people from drafts and the cold when they were sleeping. However, nowadays we have better insulation and therefore we use them to create a focal point the bedroom, prevent our pillows from slipping down the back of the bed and provide back support when we’re sitting up instead.

What shape and style headboards are available?

Since a headboards closest neighbour is the bed itself, you want to make sure the two styles are complementary. Beds often come with the headboard, but if that isn't the case, be sure you match the style, size and colour, whether that be the wood tone or fabric colour. Surprisingly, rectangular isn't your only option. Get creative with your shape — determine what kind of statement you want to make. For example, square or rounded corners are more traditional, while the curves from a Hanover or Regent-style option will add a little drama.

Should I buy an upholstered headboard?

Though upholstered pieces lost some of their lustre in the 1990s, the look has returned and is a popular decision for many designers. Not only are padded headboards for beds more comfortable to sit against, but they tend to be visually appealing and add texture and colour to a room. Plus, the options are endless: tufted headboards are extremely popular, but you can also opt for monogrammed, quilted, slip-covered, and more.

What sizes do headboards come in?

For a master bedroom, large headboards (that is, king and queen size) are still the most popular, depending on how much space is available and what size your current mattress is. In general, most options fit the standard bed sizes: single, double, queen, king or super king. Height is entirely up to you: keep it lower for a more modern, clean look, or raise it high to create a dramatic focal point. Be sure it’s still in proportion to the rest of your room — after all, you don't want it to overshadow or visually overwhelm the space.

Whether you’re looking for upholstered headboards for queen beds, or metal double headboards, Houzz is bound to have the perfect style for your home.
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