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Building Out Your Bed: Everything You Need to Know About Headboards


Pillow-covered bed with a beautiful upholstered headboard from City Mattress

Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom. It’s the place to spend roughly ⅓ of your life. It’s more than that, though. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the bedroom door. It’s where you’re looking forward to being after a long day. It’s the place that refreshes and revitalizes you. Clearly, your bed is a really big deal! Today, we want to take the time to discuss a too-often forgotten piece of the bed. Your bed is more than a mattress; it has a bed frame and a headboard too! 

Is a Headboard Functional or Just Aesthetic?

Our selection of headboards at City Mattress come in countless different shapes, sizes, styles, and colors to give your space a personal touch. A headboard is the perfect way to tie your bedroom design together, add extra comfort to your bed, or provide support to the mattress and bed frame.

Long ago, headboards were originally used as a barrier between the wall and the edge of the bed, keeping heads from getting too cold during the night. Today, in better heated and insulated homes, a headboard mainly serves an aesthetic function. It does provide minor practical functions, such as keeping your pillows from falling off the bed or stopping you from knocking your head on the wall when you stretch. A headboard also provides a sturdy and comfortable backrest for when you want to sit up in bed. 

Your Main Headboard Options

Here at City Mattress, we have dozens of King headboard and Queen headboard choices. They are broken down into four main categories based on the material they’re made from.

Upholstered Headboards

An upholstered headboard is soft and made from high-quality fabric and tufting. You’re not right up against something that is hard. An upholstered headboard was virtually unheard of several years ago, but they’ve been booming in popularity recently. Your bedroom is your sleep oasis, so it makes sense that you would want your entire bed to be soft and plush!

Malouf is a brand well-known for excellent pillows, but they also make several upholstered headboard options as well. We love the Lenox Tufted Upholstered Headboard, Chandler Tufted Upholstered Headboard, and Britain Channel Upholstered Headboard. Each one comes in several colors, so there’s sure to be a Malouf upholstered headboard that perfectly matches your decor taste.

Wooden headboards

For a more classic, traditional, or rustic-looking bedroom, you’re going to want to shop for wooden headboards. Sea Winds Trading makes some of our favorites! Both the Sea Winds Trading Captiva Two-Tone Wood Headboard and Sea Winds Trading Islamorada Two-Tone Wood Headboard are good-looking and well-made. They feature subtle planked details, distressed touches, and a natural wood grain finish. If you’re looking for something more traditional, there’s nothing like the New Classic Tamarack Bed. This beautiful bed is composed of poplar and basswood solids, and offered in Cherry, Black, or White wood colors.

Woven headboards

Whether you’re living the island life or simply wish you were, a woven headboard gives up the tropical vibe you love! All of our woven headboards are part of the Palmetto Home Collection. Whether you opt for the Woven Banana Leaf Headboard, Natural Core Headboard, Banana Coffee Headboard, or something else, you’ll feel like you’re in a cottage by the beach every time you step into your bedroom!

Metal headboards

Metal headboards are great because they can be classic, contemporary, sleek, ornate, or just about any other style you desire. There’s a metal headboard for everyone! The Hillsdale Cali Headboard is romantic, the Wesley Allen Sunset Headboard is modern, and the Hillsdale Wylie Headboard is sleek and smooth. 

While you can certainly purchase a bed that comes all together, like a panel bed or platform bed, you don’t have to. You can buy a bed frame and then choose your favorite standalone headboard. Most of our headboard assortment are interchangeable with several different types and styles of bases and bed frames, even with adjustable base compatibility.

Whether you’re looking for a King headboard or Queen headboard, City Mattress is the place to find it. This is because we have everything you need to sleep great, even bedroom furniture!