Design Dilemma : Choosing The Right Headboard | Interior Design Q & A

Selecting a Headboard Design for your bedroom looks like an easy task until you realize there are so many amazing designs to be inspired from or there are so many various materials you could use, that you start to get stressed about it. The headboard is usually the focal point of the bedroom and makes a huge impact on creating the right ambience. Since it’s such an important decision to choose which one would be the right one for you, here are few points to keep in mind while selecting the correct headboard.

Form Should Follow Function.

We have all made the mistake of buying beautiful things on impulse. The problem with beautiful things is that most of them aren’t the kind of beauty we need or is any use to us other than just serving the aesthetics of our design. While the design is a major concern, we should also think about the functional aspects of it. For instance, If you are someone who reads in bed, you would like your headboard to probably have some extra storage to store your books for your nighttime reading and not let it clutter your bedside table.

“I don’t need extra storage space in my house” – said no one, ever.
While we do strive to declutter our space, we are in constant need of storage space to stuff the little things we have lying around and do not really have a place for. Double up your bedroom storage with this functional headboard detail below.


If you are someone, that wants a comfortable backrest while probably having their breakfast in bed, or reading a book at night you would want to choose soft materials like fabric, or velvet to upholster your headboard.
A Fabric Upholstered  Headboard gives a more modern and contemporary aesthetic whereas the velvet one gives you a much royal and vintage-vibe depending on the various stitching and tufting details.
shapely velvet headboard with channel tufting

A leather finished headboard looks great for an industrially themed bedroom.

It would be wise to select a darker fabric for your upholstery to avoid the display of prominent stains over time.
While upholstered headboards have their comfort, you could also consider hard materials like wood, metal, cane or even acrylic for easy maintenance.
DIY EastCoastCreative Headboard MasterBedroom Pillows


 Another important aspect while selecting the design of your headboard is its length and height. You could think about taking your headboards behind your side tables, to increase the length visually or take the headboard that connects to the ceiling. If you are planning to probably have it just behind the bed and probably maintain the usual height of the headboard is great too. There is no wrong or right way as long as it is proportionate to your space.
Personally, A headboard that covers the side table as well, is great for spaces where the bed area covers both sides of the wall. I also usually prefer the low height headboards, so I could hang a few painting which I can easily change once I want to do a quick makeover. Also, Hanging a tapestry from the ceiling would also work the same as a full height headboard aesthetically.

oikoi modern apartment1 Pokorna Apartments by Oikoi Studio

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