Headboards That Make the Room

The right headboard is a key piece of furniture that completes a bedroom. Today's options showcase custom upholstery, specialized construction, one-of-a-kind details and luxurious fabrics that set them apart from a basic bedstead.
By: Jeanine Hays

Photo By: Room and Board

Photo By: Room and Board

Photo By: Room and Board

All in the Details

For a headboard that truly makes a statement, work with a local interior designer to create a custom piece that perfectly complements your style. Designers' specialized access to trade-only resources means they can offer headboards in a number of unique finishes. This tufted headboard adds interesting detail and texture, and makes an elegant statement at the head of the bed. Image courtesy of Jamie Herzlinger

You're the Designer

Custom choices are also more and more popular in today's readily available bedroom collections. Stores like Room & Board offer the ability to select the fabric and frame so you can design your own custom headboard. "By picking just the right fabric, the rest of your bedroom choices can easily mix together. We offer more than 200 fabric options on our upholstered beds," says Katie Lloyd of Room & Board. Image courtesy of Room & Board

Detailed Construction

Sophisticated trim like nail heads are another way to jazz up a headboard. Here, Jamie Herzlinger adds silver nail heads to glamorize this modern sleigh bed. To create your own unique headboard, Jamie suggests, "Look at the portfolio of a designer whose style you love for ideas." Image courtesy of Jamie Herzlinger

Luxe Leather

"Created by artisans using the finest materials, leather headboards offer a layer of warmth, texture and interest to the bedroom," remarks Katie Lloyd at Room & Board. This leather headboard is extra high, creating a modern feel. Image courtesy of Room & Board

Functional and Fabulous

When creating a custom headboard, consider adding high-tech features. This streamlined wood headboard, designed by Jamie Herzlinger, features unique details like individual lighting controls. "This bed is all-inclusive," explains Jamie. "I had to create a headboard where the couple could have their books and could also turn the lights off when one of them fell asleep. I designed the stainless steel inlays on either side of the bed to be touch controls to control their individual lighting. There are also two small drawers on each side for nighttime accessories like glasses." Image courtesy of Jamie Herzlinger

Bigger Is Better

Make sure your beautiful headboard is visible behind the pile of decorative pillows by scaling up the height. Large-scale fabrics, like this gorgeous tone-on-tone damask, also add impact. "I love working with finishes that are elegant and sexy. The features I like to work with are tufting and large upholstered headboards," says Jamie Herzlinger. Image courtesy of Room & Board

Classic and Comfortable

To update the classic wood headboard, the design team at Room & Board added a cushy micro-boucle fabric inset. The fabric adds softness and texture to the streamlined frame. Image courtesy of Room & Board

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