In the bedroom, the headboard plays a very important role: It visually anchors the bed, elevating the main element in the space. For decades, the headboard was always part of a matchy-matchy set with other pieces of furniture in the room, like the nightstands or dresser. Fortunately, decorating is a lot more fun now that that unspoken “bedroom set” rule has been broken. No longer does a headboard have to be the literal board behind the bed. They can be padded, tufted, wooden, metal, painted, salvaged — every kind imaginable. If you want something new and different, but don’t know where to start, maybe these headboard ideas will spark some creative options:
Choosing a headboard that extends past the width of the bed makes the headboard the definitive element in the space. This one is large enough that it forms a backdrop for the nightstands as well, making it seem like one unified piece. The headboard itself features vertical channel tufting that is modern and emphasizes the width.
Having a custom headboard created for your master bedroom is a marvelous option that opens up all sorts of creative possibilities. Here, the headboard consists of horizontal lengths of padded and upholstered units that feature a cut-out space for the lighted decorative mirror. This headboard also extends slightly past the confines of the bed, making it appear larger.
Nothing adds drama to a modern bedroom design more than a floor-to-ceiling headboard. This angular space has a generally hard vibe that is softened by the upholstered bed and headboard. The upholstered panels have a minimalist geometric joint in the middle that serves as a design element, emphasizing the modern style. This also makes a modest room feel taller.
Low and Overstuffed
In contrast to a super tall style that typically has more formality, this low headboard has a casual feeling. The design is still perfect for a modern space that is focused on minimalism but it has a softer edge. This overstuffed headboard features upholstery that is gathered instead of smooth and tight, which highlights the more casual nature of the piece.
Long and lean with a clean design, an all-in-one bed, headboard and nightstand set can still be a modern option. While they all certainly match, they are not like a typical bedroom set since they’re one connected unit. This is an easy design for those who don’t want to fuss much about the design. The low profile of the headboard itself keeps it from becoming a hulking wooden behemoth and emphasizes the relaxed feeling of the space.
Long and Low
In an open plan space like this one, a long and low headboard that runs the full width can help define an area. Although the slatted sliding doors define the dressing area, the added visual of the headboard of padded square panels accentuates the bed, preserving its dominance in the space. With such a low headboard, it’s important to keep the nightstands proportional to maintain the flow.
Suspended from the Wall
In a style that is truly out of the ordinary, the elements of this headboard are suspended from the wall instead of attached to the bed at its base. The pillow-shaped elements visually anchor the bed and the architectural structure that secures them forms a decorative element within the slightly recessed wall section. This style if headboard is also very comfortable for propping up and reading in bed!
Upcycled and Rustic
For a truly eco-friendly space, a headboard can be fashioned from salvaged wood in a simple or complex design, depending on individual taste. This minimalist platform bed includes a rustic headboard that is without embellishment or pretense. This kind of headboard idea works in rustic spaces, industrial style bedrooms as well as eclectic decor schemes.
A Hint of Victorian Style
With a shape that hints at a more Victorian style, this headboard is upholstered in a striking graphic fabric and is ideal for a contemporary bedroom. Sophisticated and luxurious, the element is a design statement that says a lot without screaming. The colors blend seamlessly with the drapes and chair, which also stand out for their rich golden hue. This is ideal for those who would rather stick to a more traditional headboard style.
An Art Ledge
Hanging art above the bed is standard decorating fare, but this headboard that serves as an art ledge is something very different. Propping up art is a looser, more casual way to display favorite works and un the bedroom, it adds a more relaxed element to an otherwise straight-laced space. It’s perfect for art lovers because swapping out the pieces is completely effortless — no hammer or nails required!
Rather than projecting outward, this magnificent headboard gets its drama from being recessed. Giving the bed a feeling of being slightly enclosed, the set-in space is upholstered in a sophisticated tufted gray fabric, reminiscent of a bespoke suit. The inset area is just wide enough for small nightstand tables and the lights are built in. If the bedroom is limited in size, this is a marvelous way to create drama.
Inset into the Wall
Equally dramatic but more open in style, this tufted and upholstered headboard reaches nearly to the ceiling but is inset into the wall. This particular style adds plenty of visual interest without taking up any floor space. the bed itself is skirted in a matching fabric that ties them together and creates a strong focal point. Insetting the headboard is a good option for tight spaces as well.
This headboard doubles up on the style by adding a cushion element to a basic wooden style. The minimalist black headboard extends past the sides of the bed, so two hanging cushions draw the eye back into the center. Too much symmetry is not always desirable, as in this case, so the artwork is perched on the headboard (or attached to the wall off center) to switch up the visual effect. Layering elements add depth and dimension in the bedroom just as they do elsewhere.
Fitting the Space
Sometimes a bedroom space can be super challenging because of the configuration or size. In a case like this one, where the industrial style space is limiting, a chic all-in-one configuration with a low profile is the way to go. The fewer separate pieces assembled in a small space, the cleaner the look. This is also a modern, no-fuss option ideal for an industrial style bedroom.
Concrete has made its way into every room of the home and the bedroom is no exception. Here, a set of floor-to-ceiling concrete panels serve as the backdrop for the bed. The gray hue ties into the bedding and provides a slightly edgy but neutral element that tones down the bright pops of color in the room. Wall-mounted bedside lamps keep the look clean.
Just as the matched-set days are gone, so are the days when the headboard has to be made from a single material. Here, an artful arrangement of panels forms the headboard, which also encompasses the attached nightstands. Varying heights add interest to the wooden and upholstered sections that are done in different textures of textiles. Backlighting completes the look and really sets off the modern silhouette.
Modern Platform Style
In a modern version of a platform bed, this model draws on the traditional form of having the headboard attached to the rest of the bed. The one-piece look is substantial but offers the freedom of moving it around and combining it with any assortment of bedside tables, lighting and other pieces. The mottle gray abstract textile adds dimension to the vertical channel tufting.
Of course, an upholstered headboard does not have to be tufted or traditional. This modern graphic headboard features two colors of fabric arranged in a design that is slightly off-kilter. It has a retro feel and when combined with other vintage pieces of the era, like these nightstands, it definitely has a sixties vibe.
Rococo All the Way
For fans of this over-the-top decor style, a headboard is the ultimate rococo piece. The peaked shape and swirling intricate carving that surrounds the deeply tufted center are pure luxury. Among the headboard ideas we’ve collected, this is among the most traditional in that it is part of a matching set of bedroom furniture. While this is old-school style, it still has legions of devotees.
Modern, clean-lined headboard ideas can still be luxurious. This platform bed boasts a headboard with leather and suede upholstery in two tones. The design is soft and serene, ideal for those who want a bedroom that has a gentle and relaxing feeling. It’s also a style that could be decorated in a masculine or feminine way depending on the bedding and other pieces chosen.
Another one-piece headboard idea is a bed that has a sofa-style back. By this, we mean that it is made up of two or three cushions that look like the back of a sofa. It’s comfortable and casual, perfect for a bedroom that has a large element above the bed, such as art or other wall installations. The low-slung look is a relaxed choice and upholstered in brown leather it has a masculine vibe.
Basic But Not Boring
Not everyone wants a really out-of-the-box headboard and fortunately, there are plenty of regular beds that have enough distinctive features that they feel very special. This platform bed is upholstered in buttery soft leather and features a decorative seam down the middle at the seam. The sophisticated taupe color means it will match virtually any bedroom decor.
Among the more unusual headboard ideas, this one features what looks like a stack of cubes that form the back and base of the platform bed. Covered in luxurious velvet, it’s a different spin on tufting that yields a very luxe yet relaxed feeling. The low headboard and bed are best paired with equally low-profile bedside tables.
If storage in the bedroom is an issue, then this headboard idea might be the solution. A large wooden panel defines the headboard that is fitted with shelves of varying lengths. Floor-level extensions serve as a bedside surface for lighting and necessities. Adding shelves to the wall around the bed without such a unit is also a budget-friendly alternative.
Plain and Pillowed
A very basic platform bed (perhaps even a DIY version?) can sport a colorful headboard in the form of oversized pillows. This is the perfect choice for those who like to frequently change up the color palette but prefer a cushioned headboard. It’s an eclectic look that works with a variety of casual decor styles.
Wow! That’s a lot of headboard ideas, and we’ve hardly scratched the surface. Before you buy a new headboard, make sure to peruse all the different options that fit with the style and feeling that you want to achieve. You might be surprised by the alternative you can find.