Yoshi Tsukiko Bedroom Headboard April 13th, 2018
Fireplace surround. Another item to repurpose as a headboard and one that’s even more unexpected than vintage shutters is a fireplace mantle. If you’re lucky you’ll score an oversized unit from some old Victorian mansion into whose recesses a bed fits just perfectly. If you really love the idea but can’t find an antique model to accommodate a king-size bed you could always have one made by a carpenter to fit your mattress’ exact dimensions. This romantic Los Angeles bedroom shows off the best of both worlds with a traditional tufted headboard fitted inside the surround.
Agafya Larisa Bedroom Headboard February 28th, 2018
Wood slab. While many headboards are primarily decorative they become functional when you add reading lights. Wood provides a more solid surface for mounting than fabric or metal; this live-edge slab imparts a nice balance of modern and rustic to this Colorado bedroom.
Brigida Elettra Bedroom Headboard February 27th, 2018
Opt for a private view. If your guest room opens to a very public part of the house common for downstairs bedrooms off living rooms or kitchens this is a nice idea. The headboard provides storage and a cuppa perch but it also creates a visual barrier between the bed and the door — making the space as you enter the room almost an in-room corridor. It’s handy for privacy if say one guest is still in bed and the other is up and opening the bedroom door into the room where everyone’s having breakfast.
Angelika Magdalene Bedroom Headboard February 25th, 2018
Upholstered headboard. Upholstered headboards (or stuffers as they were originally known) became popular during the 17th century as the demand for comfort increased and draping fabric on canopy beds died out. The bedroom became more private during this time and the need to show off had moved to other rooms in the home. The choice of fabric is as important as the design of an upholstered headboard. Oils from hair and skin can quickly damage and stain a headboard. Leather is an extremely durable fabric but can be spendy. Some vinyl fabrics look just as good and can cost much less. The design of the button-tufted upholstered headboard shown considers both genders in this bedroom and has a sophisticated and elegant look.
Sarah Rachel Bedroom Headboard February 24th, 2018
Lighten up. There’s plenty of space for a bedside lamp in this room but thanks to this bed design there’s no need. If you have an old-fashioned wrought iron bed like this or indeed any style with bars it’s easy to weave fairy or garland lights around the headboard. It’s a playful touch for a teenager’s room or a creative decorative detail in an eclectic adult space. Just make sure to plug your lights into a socket with an on-off switch rather than an extension lead meaning they would need to be unplugged to be turned off. Or you can buy rope lights with in-line switches.
Yoshi Tsukiko Bedroom Headboard February 22nd, 2018
Reflect the window. Here’s another canny use of mirror in a headboard. In this room the effect is window-like as the multipaned headboard echoes the design of the French doors. It adds light and space for sure but also creates an interesting focal point in an otherwise neutral simply decorated space. This is a great way to build in a striking design detail without adding color or visual clutter.
Agafya Larisa Bedroom Headboard February 21st, 2018
Fourposter with headboard. The 15th century saw the invention of the fourposter bed. With or without draping fabric this design became the rock star of the furniture world with only the truly wealthy owning such a status symbol. Ash mahogany and oak were just a few of the timbers used during this time. With reproduction furniture the harder the timber species the more expensive the piece will generally be. More intricate designs tend to add to the overall cost too. This Juliet-style reproduction fourposter with canopy and headboard has delicate gold-painted details giving the room a worldly sophisticated feel.
Angelika Magdalene Bedroom Headboard February 20th, 2018
Stretch out. This off-center headboard does a great job of creating the illusion of more space in this compact bedroom. Rather than stopping at the edge of the mattress it continues beyond it on one side to fill the back wall — tricking you into seeing a king-size rather than a double bed. If you apply the same rule to clothes it works in much the same way as the classic illusion of skin-colored shoes equaling longer legs: By not breaking up a line you naturally extend it. And here the headboard also houses a reading light plus there’s space for a little table.