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What to Consider When Buying a Headboard or Footboard for your Bed or Frame

By Edited Mar 16, 2014 0 0

If you are buying a headboard for your bed or frame you will rapidly find that there are many options and styles to choose from. It used to be that all beds came with a headboard and footboard as part of the frame. But with the advent of basic metal bed frames, only the more expensive or fancy beds come with a headboard attached. What some people do not realize that it is possible to add a headboard or footboard to a bed at a fraction of the cost of a fancier frame. A new headboard can greatly enhance of look of a bed as well as add style to a bedroom. Headboards can also be functional, providing a backing to lean on or space to hold items. There are a myriad of options for headboards and it can be difficult to choose the best one for your needs. You should consider the following if you are looking to buy a new headboard for your bed.

Determine the Size of Headboard

It is very important to make sure that any new headboard will fit the bed. Beds come in five different distinct sizes and nothing is tackier than a headboard that does not match the width of a bed. If you do not know the size of the bed, it is best to measure the bed to make sure you buy the right headboard. The standard bed sizes are:

  • Twin: 39 x 75 inches (or 99 x 190 cm), There is an "X-Long Twin" size which is 80 inches or 203 cm long
  • Full: 54 x 75 inches (137 x 190 cm)
  • Queen: 60 x 80 inches (or 153 x 203 cm)
  • California King: 72 x 84 inches (or 182 x 213 cm)
  • King: 76 x 80 inches (or 198 x 203 cm)

Decide on the Mount

metal headboard
Headboards can be mounted on the wall, on to the bed frame or can be completely free standing. Mounting the headboard on the wall is the easiest method as you do not have deal with the bed frame mounting screws. But if you cannot or do not want to drill into your walls, you will need make sure that the bed frame has sets of holes at the head of the bed. These holes will allow large screws to fasten a headboard to the bed. If neither of these options are suitable for your needs, consider getting a free standing headboard. These headboards are large and heavy enough to stand on their own as a piece of furniture and can be wedged between the bed and wall for extra stability. Many designers also add a bed bench at the foot of the bed if there is no good mounting choices.

Decide on the Style

bookcase headboard
The bed is the central furnishing of any bedroom and sets the decor for the rest of the room. You should look for a headboard and/or foortboard that will best show your style. The most popular headboard and footboard materials include metal, wood and upholstery. An upholstered headboard is nice to lie back on if you are watching TV or reading in bed. But if you are looking for more functionality, a wooden headboard which is also a bookcase can add storage space to a bedroom. Newer headboard styles can include built in space for a charging station or an alarm clock.


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