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Headboard Buying Guide for Your Home

headboard buying guide

We offer a wide range of beautifully designed and crafted headboards, all of which are created by craftsmen with impeccable care and attention to detail. In fact, there’s so much choice, deciding which headboard is right for your bedroom can be a difficult task. With that in mind, we’ve put together this handy headboard buying guide to set you off in the right direction.

Headboard types – Pros and Cons

The headboards available at Vale Furnishers fall into two main categories; wooden and upholstered. Which is right for you will depend on your tastes and requirements, however below is a brief overview together with some of the advantages and disadvantages of both:

Wooden Headboards

wooden headboard

For simplicity and convenience, a wooden headboard creates a focal point for your bedroom with minimum fuss and maximum style. Durable, versatile, and classically stylish, they are a wise investment for anyone looking to add that all-important finishing touch to a bedroom. Some key advantages and disadvantages are as follows:


  • Adds a warm, natural feel to a room
  • Easily cleaned
  • Will not retain allergens such as dust particles.


  • Limited colour choices
  • Does not offer much additional comfort.

Upholstered Headboards

Beautiful Furnished Bedroom in New Luxury Home

For classic style and the ultimate in comfort, an upholstered headboard is hard to beat. With an array of fabrics available to order and a range of superb designs to choose from, you can really get creative. Some upholstered headboards have a softer, fuller feel which blends in superbly with your cushions and bed linen. The increased padding this involves has the additional benefit of providing extra comfort and support when sitting up in bed.

More generally, here are some of the major pros and cons of going down the upholstered route:


  • Virtually unlimited choice of fabrics
  • Wide variety of styles available
  • Enhances comfort when sitting up in bed.


  • Made to order options have a lead time of 6 to 8 weeks
  • May require specialist cleaning
  • Can retain allergens such as dust particles.

Standard headboard sizes

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All of our headboards are available in a range of different sizes, and some can be made as wide as 200cm, meaning that we can cater for anything from a small single to a super king-size bed. Heights are standardised for each style, and range from around 55cm (22in) to 65cm (26in). It is of course essential to measure the width of your bed and double check that the headboard you have chosen will fit. The range of headboard sizes we offer differs between styles and ranges, however as a guide our standard widths are as follows:

Single: 90cm (35in)

Small Double: 120cm (47in)

Double: 135cm (53in)

King-Size: 150cm (59in)

Super King-Size: 180cm (71in)

Fitting your headboard

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A well-designed headboard will integrate seamlessly with your bed. By using secure wall fixings, you can adapt the height to match your bed and mattress precisely. In many cases, this is aided even further with a groove or tapered section. If present, holes in your bed can be used alongside special fixings to attach your headrest to the bed itself instead. This technique is mostly suited to wooden headrests, and has the advantage of making it easier to rearrange bedroom furniture.

Why buy from us?

Based near Guildford, Vale Furnishers are one of Surrey and Hampshire’s leading furniture shop specialists. Ever since we began back in 1960, Vale Furnishers has specialised assisting our customers in creating stunning homes in which their families can relax in comfort and style. Experience tells us that this is perhaps more important in the bedroom than in any other room in the home. So we take particular care in sourcing and selecting the bedroom furniture we sell, and you can be confident that all our headboards offer the high standards of quality and luxury our customers have come to expect. We hope this headboard buying guide has helped you in making clearer decisions when it comes to buying headboards.

Do you have any questions not covered in this headboard buying guide?
Please contact our experts in Surrey and Hampshire on 01252 325525 for more information.

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