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Umarah Hussain author/umarah-hussain
16 Dec 2020, 2:53 PM

Bed Headboards

Headboards are believed to date back to ancient times of Egypt and Greece. Back then, they were seen as a luxury and owning one was seen as a sign of wealth and status. This still rang true during medieval times, however the purpose back then was to keep draft from hitting the person sleeping on the bed (drywall wasn’t a thing back then). However, today, a headboard is a common sight in most bedrooms.

Thinking of buying a new headboard but unsure what type is best for your bedroom? Whether you’re replacing it or buying a completely new one, this guide is probably useful for you to find out what will be the most suitable for you.

Why Is A Headboard Necessary?

At the end of the day, a headboard is a preference. Most people do have them, whilst others don’t. The whole idea behind a headboard was to keep draft from coming from the wall, however in modern days, they have become quite an aesthetic function that complements the whole bed.

Another benefit of a headboard is that they support your back, allowing you to properly sit upright in bed if you’re a reader or enjoy watching TV whilst lazing around. Without the headboard, your back support will be quite uncomfortable, and probably really cold.

Likewise, if you don’t have a headboard, you’ll most likely find that you keep losing pillows as they fall into the gap between the bed and the wall. However with a headboard, you’ll be able to keep your pillows on your bed. A headboard is actually essential if you move the bed away from the wall and place it somewhere in the centre of a room.

Different Types of Headboards

Here at Linthorpe Beds, we sell both floor standing and strutted furniture, depending on your requirements. Strutted headboards are quite common, and they come with struts that can be fixed to a headboard, which go into the back of the bed. All that needs to be done is line up the holes in the struts with the holes and bolt it. It’s as simple as that.

On the other hand, we also offer standing headboards that are simply attached to the bed. They often come with a slot within the main body of the headboard and can be bolted right through. As they have a fixed height, it’s vital to check the height before you’re choosing one.

Headboard Materials

Depending on the reason for buying a headboard and what you’re looking to achieve, you should look into different materials. Headboards usually come in wood, metal or fabric. Here at Linthorpe Beds, we stock all three and can be bought online or in-store.

Wood is actually one of the most common choices for a headboard as it can offer a lot of flexibility in which you can dress up or dress down your bedroom. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary feel or quite a traditional one, the natural tones of a headboard can be painted to a colour or shade that suits what you’re looking for.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, metal bed frames are easier to clean despite being as adaptable as wooden frames and can be bought in different designs, from antique to contemporary. Metal bed frames can also be switched up, with fairy lights, or ribbons, they can even be painted with the right spray paint if needed.

And finally, fabric headboards make for a gorgeous aesthetic in any room as they give off a very upholstered finish. You can opt for these in a multitude of fabrics, from velvet, wool, chenille, verona and much more. Upholstered fabrics work quite well if you want to sit upright to watch TV. The only downfall however, is that they can be quite tricky to clean and you must stay on top of them to keep them looking prim and proper.

Headboard Styles

Headboards come in an array of styles, which can be chosen that go with the design of the bedroom or the reason you’re looking to buy a new headboard. Here at Linthorpe Beds, we sell styles ranging from panelled, slated, traditional and contemporary.

Panelled headboard styles tend to come in rectangular frames with multiple panels (usually around 3 to 4) within the frame. This style combines quite well with divan beds and can adapt well with an array of interior within a bedroom. On the other hand, wooden headboards have vertical slats and make a bed seem a bit more taller. These can be arranged in a different design and can add depth to any bedroom on the smaller side.

Likewise, traditional headboards follow a curvature design that are reminiscent of the shape that was popular centuries ago. And finally, the contemporary design offers a smooth, clean, sleek silhouette that makes for a gorgeous top piece of a bed. This is visually appealing, and can match any interior you pop into your bedroom.

Choosing A Headboard

In today’s world, headboards are opted as an aesthetic element, however they’re still quite important for practicality. Whilst it’s visually appealing, it’s also vital to make sure the size and height of the headboard is considered, too.

It’s a given that the size of a headboard should be kept in mind to ensure it fits onto the bed. A smaller bedroom could limit the size of the headboard that you pick. Be sure to measure it and take into account the wall space. Be sure to take into consideration the doors and windows on the wall.

Spend a lot of time upright in bed? It may be a good idea to opt for a taller headboard. Aesthetically, a high foot board would be ideal, especially if your bedroom is on the larger side. This would then emanate a sense of grandeur, whereas a low bedroom makes way for quite a contemporary look. Generally, the standard height of a bed is between 14 to 29 inches.

If you’re unsure on what headboard to opt for, check out our headboard range to browse and get some ideas. We’re always happy to help, so drop us an email or contact us via telephone on specialised advice to help you choose the right one.

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