Custom upholstered headboards truly will customized the look of not only the bed but the overall look in the bedroom. It can blend with the bedding or become a commanding presence in the room. To expand on the element of the upholstered headboard, sometimes the wall behind the bed can be upholstered and create a truly custom backdrop for the bed and end tables.

One nice thing about creating a custom headboard is that you can determine the height and presence it will have in your room. This decision will take into account the height of your bed and the ceiling height of the room.

Custom headboards can have a straight or shaped profile to fit with the design of the room. Usually the headboard ranges from three to four inches thick for a substantial upholstered feeling. Headboards can have a decorative “roll” that runs around the three sides or no roll. That roll can be shirred or plain. There can be accent cording, trims or nail head trim. Headboards can be tufted, with or without buttons, channeled or simply plain. It can have “wings” such as what a wing chair provides.

Material selections should give consideration to its cleaning ability due to natural oils in our hair when leaning against the headboards. Today there are a lot of materials that can be treated with finishes such as Kravet’s Nano-Tex™ finish or the use of Crypton® fabrics that repel the stains and make cleaning easier. Leathers, vinyls and microfibers are also some nice selections from which to choose.

A nice way to install a custom headboard is utilizing a French cleat method where the headboard is actually hung from the wall and the bed frame with mattress and box spring  is pushed up against it. This eliminates wobbling headboards. Upholstered legs then are optional depending on the look you’d like.

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