Last Modified 05 January 2024  |  
First Added 24 June 2021

Headboard Styles for Every Bedroom

Headboard styles have come a long way and have an interesting history attached to them. In Ancient Egypt headboards were a sign of social status and made of wood to help keep the bed’s occupants warm. The Ancient Greeks then started using cushioned headboards and many also depicted early drawings. The Middle Ages saw the introduction of four poster beds, another status symbol; and finally, the Victorians preferred an iron bedstead.

Today, we are spoilt by a plethora of headboard styles, from indulgent upholstered headboards to painted, wooden and metal headboards. So, the question is how to choose a headboard? We firmly believe your bedroom should be a sanctuary and creating a style that flows throughout the room is important. Headboards can be decorative or functional, but what unifies them, is that they will always be central to your bedroom’s architecture.

French Style Headboards

For French style sophistication you need to think sweeping curves, detailed carving and elegance; all of which are qualities you’ll find in our beautiful Salcombe Bed. But her statement making style doesn’t stop there… the linen upholstery, diamond button detail, the soft arches and scrolls all add to a stunning headboard style framed in weathered oak.

Our linen upholstered Annecy Bed is equally romantic with sweeping lines galore, sans the buttoning. The headboard style is also mirrored in the foot end which creates a lovely cocooning effect.


Upholstered Headboard Styles

An upholstered headboard will always add a plush, luxurious feel to your bedroom. They are very ‘touchable’, for want of a better word. And if you opt for a bold fabric colour, they can become incredibly statement making.

If you’re after grandeur and elegance, look no further than our Arlo Bed. The tall, winged headboard makes this bed incredibly distinctive. The delicate fluting detail running down the headboard creates interest and texture and stops it feeling blocky or overbearing.

*Sorry, our Arlo Bed is no longer available, but you may like our Bethany Bed, which is similar in style.


Enduring Classics

Sometimes you just can’t beat classic headboard styles that will stand the test of time. Our weathered oak collection offers this in abundance. Take our Sienna Bed which is beautifully elegant with cabriole feet styling and an upholstered headboard. Or for a contemporary take on classic styling, our Sienna Rattan Bed ticks every box. We adore rattan and our deeply romantic Versailles Bed with its winged rattan headboard showcases perfectly.

And if you love a wooden headboard style, which is a fabulous way to bring a little of the outdoors indoors, you can opt for lovely natural woods or alternatively, a painted finish, which bring the warmness of wooden styling, but with a fresh and contemporary design twist.


Marvellous Metal Headboards

Metal headboard styles are very versatile and whether you prefer vintage charm or understated glamour, a metal bed can transform a bedroom.

Our charmingly traditional Henley Bed, available in nickel or brass, is the very definition of a true design classic. Delicate mouldings, traditional castings and globe finials make this bed sophisticated and statement making, and we adore it, quite frankly.


How to choose a headboard comes down to personal preference and your bedroom’s look and feel. Your bed and bedframe will likely be the biggest thing in the room, so spend time understanding the feeling you want to create in your bedroom and how you can create that flow, whether it’s through colour, texture or material.


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