Your headboard can be the centerpiece of your bedroom, or it can be a nondescript piece of furniture that blends into its surroundings. It can be ornate or austere, fanciful or minimalist, antique or modern. In fact, there are so many different types of headboards available, you’re certain to find one that suits your style and fits your aesthetic. How do you decide which one works for you? We have some guidelines to consider.  

  • Think about the size and configuration of your roomObviously, you’ll have to choose a bed that fits into your room comfortably, but there’s more to it than that. Some people choose a headboard that’s one size larger than their bed, while others do creative things like placing two upholstered headboards into a corner so that they border two sides of a corner bed. There are no hard and fast rules about how to use a headboard, but if you have low ceilings, you’ll want to choose a smaller headboard that doesn’t dwarf the room. High ceilings in a spacious room give you more leeway to play around with design.  
  • Consider the overall décor of the bedroomYou might plan out your whole room first and leave the headboard decision to the end, or you might fall in love with a headboard and make it the focal point of your room. Either option is valid, as long as you shoot for pieces that harmonize. There’s no rule that says your bedroom set has to match, so feel free to mix it up, sticking to pieces that fit the general style of the room. If your room is feminine, for instance, choose a headboard with curved lines. Wooden headboards work well in a farmhouse-style bedroom, while metal headboards give a room a chic, urban look.  For rooms with a modern look, choose strong lines that work well with the minimalist aesthetic. Not sure which direction you want your décor to take? You can get plenty of inspiration by browsing headboards online.  
  • How will you use your headboard? Do you spend time hanging out in bed watching television, reading, or even working? You might look for a headboard that provides back support and features plush padding. If you’re tall, a taller headboard may be a better idea when you’re sitting up in bed. If you need extra storage in your room, look for a headboard that provides that, with shelves and even drawers to maximize your space.  
  • Which texture fits your style? Today’s headboards come in such a broad range of materials that it can be daunting to choose the one that’s right for you. From metal to wood to fabric to leather, you can choose the texture that works best with your décor. Consider this: contrast is often more eye-catching than similarity. If your bedroom is decorated in hard surfaces, an upholstered headboard can add a touch of softness that makes your room interesting.  

If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep in Northern California, you owe it to yourself to check out Mancini's Sleepworld. Since 1969, the Mancini family has owned and operated their store in Sunnyvale, CA, selling brand name mattresses at fair prices and treating every customer with respect. Beginning an expansion in 1989, we now have 33 locations across the greater bay area, allowing for same-day mattress delivery in most cases. To learn more about Mancini's Sleepworld, contact us through our website or call 800-647-5337.