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What Should I Look for When Buying a Headboard?
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Choosing a headboard isn’t as easy as you might think. The right choice of headboard can make your life easier and more comfortable, while the wrong choice can feel like a large, unwelcome slab of rock pressed up against your pillow. There’s a lot to consider as you shop for this important piece of furniture, so when it’s time to start looking, keep these tips in mind!

Start With Some Ideas

If you have no idea what kind of headboards you like, it’s time to figure it out — before you leave for the store or shop headboards online. Take a look through online magazines, interior design blogs, or Pinterest collections. Do you like the look of a padded headboard, or do you prefer a classic metal or wooden headboard? Does button tufting turn you off? What color do you think best suits your room? Are you planning for your headboard to be a focal point or blend in with your existing bedroom furniture? Asking yourself these and more questions will help you get ideas, which will make shopping quicker and easier in the long run.

Consider Your Needs

What do you need from your headboard? These factors are worth thinking about:


If you have small children or pets that love to squeeze into tight spaces, shopping for wall-mounted headboards might be a wise choice. You don’t want anyone getting pinched. Small children can also hit their heads on wood or metal headboards, so consider looking at upholstered headboards (such as tufted headboards) instead.


Consider what will happen to your headboard long-term. If you enjoy moving your furniture around every few months or years or see yourself moving out of your home sooner rather than later, a wall-mounted headboard will be a headache to deal with, for instance. Panel headboards are easier to take apart and move, and some can even be quickly detached from bed frames without taking apart the bed itself.


Think about what you plan to do when you’re in bed with your new headboard behind you. Do you prefer to read or watch TV in bed? You’ll probably enjoy panel headboards more than slat headboards since you’ll be able to support your back without worrying your pillow will slip through the slats. A sleigh-style headboard may be a good choice for extra back support if you like to sit up in bed and work or if you have a hobby you enjoy doing in your PJs.

Match Your Bed Size

All the effort you’ve put in to pick the perfect headboard will be for nothing if you don’t choose the right size! Make sure you match your headboard to the size bed that you have. If you have a king-size bed, choose a king-size headboard.

Don’t Cheap Out

Your headboard isn’t just another random purchase. It’s an investment in your comfort, your home’s interior design, and even your sleep hygiene. You spend more hours in bed than almost anywhere else, so don’t choose something flimsy just to save a few bucks, or you’ll find yourself buying a replacement headboard sooner rather than later. Quality matters with your headboard, so get something that lasts.

Purchase a Headboard Today at Sweet Dreams!

Get the headboard you’ve been looking for at Sweet Dreams Bedding & Furniture! We offer the BEST prices around and stock thousands of pieces of furniture, including Global Trading furniture, marble top TV stands, and more. Stop in or browse our headboards today!