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Headboard Buying Guide

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When looking for a headboard, first use the table below to narrow your choices by frame size. Then, look for a style that complements the rest of your decor. Follow this guide to learn more about what type of headboard will work in your space.

Standard Headboard Sizes

While there are no fixed standard heights, headboards are often fitted your bed frame and should match the width of your mattress ranging from 38 to 76 inches wide. 

Mattress Size Measurements
Twin At least 38" wide and 75" long
Full/DoubleAt least 54" wide and 72" long
QueenAt least 60" wide and 80" long
KingAt least 76" wide and 80" long
California KingAt least 72" wide and 84" long

​3 Most Common Headboard Materials

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1. Upholstered

Upholstered headboards come in leather, fabric, and velvet. The added padding makes it more comfortable to lean against than other headboard materials. Upholstering can be plain or include added details such as button tufting, nailhead trims, welting, or patterns. The detailing can form a border along the edge of the headboard or a few inches in. Upholstered headboards with rich and soft fabrics offer a more feminine look.

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2. Wood

As a traditional bed material material, wood headboards come in a variety of dark, light, and medium tones. The most common wood materials are pine and oak. Wood headboards can look sleek and modern, curved and contemporary, or ornate and traditional. There's a wood headboard style to match any room's decor. As with most headboards, these typically mount to a metal bed frame.

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3. Metal

Metal headboards come in various metals and finishes, such as brass, wrought iron, brushed aluminum, stainless steel, and chrome. Extremely durable and often very affordable, this type of headboard is typically made with metal rods instead of solid pieces of material. When left sleek and minimalist, metal headboards can look contemporary. If a metal headboard is antiqued or distressed, it can give the room a vintage vibe.

​Popular Headboard Styles

Panel Headboard


A panel headboard is typically arranged within a rectangular frame that has two or three panels of equal sizes. The headboard style varies based on detailing—which includes carved or etched designs—and the type of finishes or paints.  

Bookcase Headboard


Ideal for small-space living, a bookcase headboard acts as a functional storage piece. Many (if not all) styles include shelves and drawers. With plenty of room to hold smaller accessories—such as books and alarm clocks—a bookshelf headboard helps make a bedroom clutter-free. 

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Always slightly curved, a sleigh headboard features an upper backboard or backrest that resembles the shape of a sleigh. The subtle curves and simple shape help add visual interest to a bedroom. Often it's considered a more traditional style; some are available with or without headboard wings or detailed carvings and trims.

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Tufted headboards can be upholstered in many types of fabric such as leather, velvet, and linen. The fabric doesn't have to be solid, it can also be patterned or textured. Tufting is made with a series of buttons or stitching techniques that create depth and dimension to the headboard. It can come in multiple shapes, from a basic rectangle to curvy. 

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