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Seven years ago when we were newlyweds with a baby on the way, Simon and I made one of our first big furniture purchases together. We had just gotten a king size bed (pregnancy will do that to you – no more room in a queen with a growing belly and all those pillows!) and we were keen to pick out an upholstered headboard. At the time, they felt few and far between, at least in any modern sense. Most were of the grandmother variety – lots of ruching and floral fabrics. But luckily we were able to find one that fit our preppy sensibilities, and we still love it as much today as we did then. We went with a white basketweave so we could mix and match any color we wanted with it; the current incarnation is the photo above!
In the years since then, upholstered headboards are becoming widely available and at practically any price point. I’ve been on the hunt for one for my parents’ master bedroom and found some excellent options from Pottery Barn, Joss & Main, One Kings Lane, Williams Sonoma Home, Ballard Designs, Wayfair, , and more.
A few tips on choosing your headboard:
1. Choose your fabric carefully. Will it be easy to clean if there’s a spill of some kind? Slipcovers can make for an excellent option if you’re concerned about stains. Don’t be afraid to Scotchgard your fabric, but remember to test it in an inconspicuous spot before you apply it to the whole thing.
2. Consider what statement you’re making in the space. With your bed as the focal point of the room, how do you want to feel when you plop down into bed every night? Are you going for drama or for serenity? Will the linens and pillows be the focus or will you choose a bold color for the headboard or perhaps some kind of crazy pattern?
3. Vacuum it regularly. Our headboard needs to be vacuumed about every 6 weeks or so. Just grab a hand vac and hit all the nooks and crannies. If you’ve got a tufted headboard, you might keep a dedicated toothbrush or soft cloth around to really get in all the tufting. Dust accumulates everywhere!
Here are some of my absolute favorite picks for upholstered headboards. There’s a range of detailing – everything from tufting to nailhead trim (did you know you could get nailhead in colors?!).