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Headboard Buying Guide

Headboard Buying Guide: Style, Material, And Size Guide

A headboard plays an important part in the style and aesthetics of your bedroom, so it is worth taking the time and effort to choose the right one. To help you with your decision, our design team at Mattress Mick’s have put together a headboard buying guide on how to choose the right headboard for your bedroom, along with some recommendations.

Before we get started, it is important you consider your habits and requirements, like: How big is your bedroom? Do you need a headboard that matches other design elements? Do you sit up reading or watching TV in bed? What is your budget? Answering these questions will help you in choosing the material, shape, and size of your headboard.


Headboard Materials

Headboards come in a few different materials, the most popular being: Upholstery, wooden, and iron.

Upholstery Headboards

Upholstery headboards have a huge versatility in styles, as they come in a wide range of fabrics including leather, cloth, velvet, linen, and Dundee - this makes the upholstery fabric headboard a great choice when it comes to getting the finish you want for your bedroom. They also come in most shapes including plain, panel, sleigh, and tufted.

Wooden Headboards

Wooden headboards are the most popular type of headboards. They have endless styling possibilities to match your bedroom, whether you want a traditional or modern look. You can find wooden headboards with carvings, straight or curved lines. They can be natural in colour or painted. Wooden headboards are very durable, and can last for decades if you go with a solid wood such as oak or pine.

Iron Headboards

Whether your looking for vintage shapes, classic, or modern design, Iron headboards are versatile. Design choice is wide, you can select between scroll design or a simple modern look. And pick between a painted or natural finish. In terms of durability, Iron headboards are strong and last for years, and are not too heavy either. 


Headboard Shapes

Headboards come in a variety of shapes from plain, panel, tufted, sleigh, to bookcase headboards. Each shape brings with it purpose and style.

Plain headboards

Plain headboards are the most simple type of headboard you can get. These headboards are perfect if you are looking to add a simple, modern look to your bedroom. You can get them in upholstery, and wooden materials.

Panel Headboards

Panel headboards are built with equally sized panels in a rectangular frame. These type of headboards are great for adding a bit of drama to your bedroom décor. They come in all kinds of materials, including wood, and upholstery.

Bookcase Headboards

These are an ideal storage solution for childrens bedrooms and small spaces. They add functional storage space to any bedroom, especially if you don’t have a bedside unit. They come in wooden and upholstery.

Sleigh Headboards

Designed with a curved headboard and footboard that looks like a sleigh, these headboards are lavish in style and will add visual appeal to your bedroom. They come in upholstery fabrics or leather.

Tufted Headboards

Tufted headboards are built with soft synthetic foam backing which incorporates a series of either buttons or stitching across the headboard to create depth and dimension. These headboards are available in a wide range of upholstered fabrics to match any style you have in mind. If you’re looking for a soft headboard to sit against, the cushion padding makes them ideal. As well, they are great for comfort and we recommend them if you sit up in bed reading or watching television.

Headboard Sizes

Size is an important consideration to take into account when you are buying your headboard. For instance, for a bedroom with a high ceiling, you could go for a high headboard to fit with the portion of the room – choosing a small headboard would look out of proportion. Small bedrooms look well with simple wooden or iron headboards. You should also keep your height in mind, especially if you sit up reading in bed.

For more help with choosing a headboard, feel free to give us a call at the Pearse street store at: 01-6709053

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