Headboards that Work for You

by Marcus Pickett

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No bed is complete without the right headboard. Whether for purely decorative purposes of whether you're looking for a little extra shelving, headboards can do wonders for your bed and your bedroom. Headboards are available in a wide variety of colors and designs. They can be attached to your bed frame or wall-mounted.

A metal headboard is ideal for a thinner, more ornate design that works well with a modern-style bedroom. Upholstered headboards have a softer look and offer more choices for design and patterned fabrics. Bookcase headboards are ideal if you have lots of little items hanging around your bed at the end of the day. Cost versatility is also a great advantage of headboard installation. You can spend less than a hundred dollars for a basic headboard frame to a thousand dollars for a high-end custom-made headboard made from exotic wood.

Upholstered Headboards
If you like to constantly rearrange your bedroom and its décor, an upholstered headboard with a slipcover is probably what you're looking for. A slipcover is an easily removable, easily replaceable fabric that goes over your headboard. Buy seasonal slipcovers and you have a lighter, more open design during the summer; a darker, cozier pattern for the winter; florals in the spring; and colored leaves for autumn. Whatever you want you can make it happen for about the price of a new bedspread instead of a new bed frame.

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Bookcase Headboard
You have your alarm clock, the book you're reading, a glass of water, and a few dolls your grandmother gave you. These are the kinds of items that ask for a bookcase headboard. If you don't like reaching to a bedside table or if your room has extra depth and not enough width near your bed, a bookcase headboard can take the place of bedside tables and open up some much needed residual space. The look of bookcase shelving typically lends itself to a wood headboard, but certainly any option is available. A modern-style bedroom can accommodate a metal bookcase headboard. The important thing is that you find the headboard that works well in your bedroom.

If you like the idea of a bookcase headboard but aren't sure you would feel comfortable with loose objects around your head, a headboard and footboard combination may be the solution. Obviously, headboards and footboards are often purchased and installed in tandem, but a storage chest can add some much needed storage for miscellaneous objects and still provide you a place to set your late night materials. A footboard bench can sometimes offer you a more functional place to sit when you're getting ready for bed or a place to casually sit in your bedroom during the day.

Marcus Pickett is a professional freelance writer for the home remodeling industry. He has published more than 600 articles on both regional and national topics within the home improvement industry.