Although a headboard is often seen as a decorative element, it’s also a practical one. Headboards allow you to prop yourself up while watching TV, reading, working or even eating. Most pieces, especially upholstered headboards and padded headboards, offer comfortable backing for ultimate relaxation, while other wood and metal options are trendy and may also provide additional shelving. On the other end, literally, a footboard can make your bed feel like a cozy cocoon or provide a visual barrier between your bed and an open door.
Whether you're looking for a twin or king headboard and footboard (or something in between), here's what you should consider:
What shape and style headboards are available?
Since a headboard’s closest neighbor 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 color. Surprisingly, a rectangular shape isn't your only option. Get creative by determining what kind of statement you want to make. For example, square or rounded corners are more traditional, while the curves of a regency-style or wingback headboard will add a little drama.
Will an upholstered headboard look dated?
Though upholstered pieces lost some of their luster in the 1990s, the look has returned and is a popular choice with many designers. Not only are padded headboards more comfortable to sit against, but they tend to be visually appealing and add texture and color to a room. Plus, the options are endless: A popular choice is a tufted headboard, but you can also opt for monogrammed, quilted, slipcovered and more. Browse through bedrooms on Houzz to get a good sense of what might look right in your room.