Some people don’t do a lot of thinking on the fabric they use to upholster a headboard, however, there are several tips and tricks to help you achieve the look you want and get the comfort you need.
Choose the Padding
Consider what type of padding you want on your headboard. Some are sparsely padded; others are just perfect while you can go overboard with too much decadent overstuffing. If you lean against your headboard to watch television in bed or use your laptop, you will want a medium amount of padding to an overstuffed amount for amazing comfort on your back and shoulders.
Choose the Correct Size
Your headboard doesn’t have to be the exact same size as your bed. You can choose a headboard that is one size larger than your actual bed to make it a focal point in your bedroom. However, don’t choose a headboard smaller than the size of your bed, as this looks disproportionate. If your headboard is mounted on the wall, you can use the same size as your bed or larger. If your headboard is mounted to your bed frame, you will indeed need to choose the same size as your bed.
Your headboard is your own creation and as such, you can choose for it to reach up high close to the ceiling or to be much wider than your bed and reach side-to-side in an alcove.
You can choose from three different headboards, wall-mounted, floor standing and headboards with struts. First, decide on which type you want to use that will complement your room the most. Headboards with struts bolt up to your bed frame and will move to another location attached to your bed. Wall-mounted headboards will remain on the wall even if you move your bed unless you detach them. Floor standing headboards attach to your bed and they reach all the way to the floor, where the area below your mattress is not visible.
The point of upholstering a headboard for a bed is to add some color and style to your room. You want it to fit in with your existing items and in a color to complement the shade of your bed frame and the paint color on your walls. If you are just in love with a particular color, you can always add a custom bed skirt in a coordinating or matching color to tie into the bedroom décor and hide your bed frame.
Neutral colors create a subtle backdrop so you can change your bedding anywhere from bold to demur. Graphic prints and bright colors will create a focal point in your room that is actually about the same as a large piece of artwork.
You should have no problem selecting a designer fabric for your headboard, as there are literally thousands of choices in all colors imaginable. Select a fabric that matches other décor in your bedroom, such as the same type as your drapes or an upholstered chair. This will give your room continuity. You will also want to get your fabric from a location that has fabric swatches, that way you can actually see and feel the texture.
Choose a fabric that is soft to the touch if you will lean against it, such as polyester, velvet or chenille. If you choose a fabric with a tighter weave like polyester, linen or cotton you can always add extra pillows for comfort.
Choosing the Shape
You can find many different shapes of headboards from which to choose. The easiest explanation is to build on some styles to create others in the same general shape. The circle is in its simplest form and consists of a half circle. If you add a point on the top center of a circle, you have an ogee shape. If you have a circle that is taller in the center and slopes down on the sides, it is an arched headboard. The peaked headboard appears like the peak on a rooftop. Beveled headboards start as a circle and add a 45-degree angle on each of the sides and a horizontal top. The camel-back design starts as a square and incorporates the appearance of a camel’s hump on the top. The scooped appearance starts as a square and has two semicircles removed from the top sides with a flat top.
There are many choices in headboard shapes and an interior decorator can help you choose one that would best fit in your bedroom.
Choosing Your Style
Your headboard style should also match your existing bed. You can choose from a large variety of models in traditional and contemporary. For example, overstuffed, traditional and tufted button styles work well with a traditional bed base, however, a contemporary fabric that is slick works best in a chic fabric with little adornments works best for a modern style bed.
Your style will really be reflected in your headboard of choice by the embellishments you choose to have on the fabric. Tufted headboards add a touch of sophistication to your bedroom, whereas nail head trim either around the exterior or in a pattern makes it appear more casual. You can include any pattern you wish with decorative trim, large studs or any type of embellishments you wish in your bedroom’s theme, such as seashells, animals, flowers or any other item you can imagine.
If you happen to have a feline family member that likes to lounge on your bed, you should most probably consider a fabric that has a very tight weave or velvet. These choices discourage your cat from wanting to sharpen his claws on it and ruining your work of art.
These tips and tricks can help you to find the most functional and beautiful fabric, style and design for an upholstered headboard in your bedroom.