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Go high or go low? That is the question. The size of your headboard has a big impact on the look and feel of your bedroom.

First, an overview of headboard heights. Tall or oversized headboards are dramatic and impactful. They create a focal point in a sophisticated and modern bedroom. Shorter or smaller headboards have a minimal appearance, which are great for smaller spaces, and still add plenty of personality to a room.

Here are some tips for selecting the best headboard height for your bedroom.

1. Think about placement

Step one is to determine where your bed is going to be placed in your room. What’s the height of the ceiling? Are there windows to work around? Is the room spacious or cozy? Your headboard not only needs to fit in your bedroom from a measurement perspective, it also needs to be aesthetically pleasing to the space.

2. Consider your evening routine

Do you love to read or work on emails while lounging in bed? Opt for a taller headboard so there’s space for you to lean back comfortably. One other consideration: while our bed frames don’t require box springs, if you have an extra-thick mattress or a mattress and box spring, a taller headboard can look more pleasing.

If you prefer to lie back and watch a show, then a shorter headboard is perfect for your lifestyle. A shorter headboard also allows more room to hang photos or art above the bed.

3. Count your throw pillows

Consider the number of accent pillows you like on your bed. If you have an extensive collection, you’ll want a taller headboard so it doesn’t disappear under a mound of throw pillows. If you’re not a decorative pillow collector, a shorter headboard style will work well.

4. Find the bed frame that matches your style

We offer our Avery, Hartley and Wyatt upholstered beds in two different heights. Here’s a look at each collection to help you decide on the look and function you want for your space.

Avery bed

Avery features beautiful tufting, which puts a modern twist on a classic style.

  • Headboard is available in 48″ and 64″ high
  • Front storage drawer option
  • Available in twin – California king 

Avery bed in two headboard height options


Hartley bed

Hartley features a distinctive, channeled headboard that is expertly tailored by craftspeople in North Carolina. It also has beautifully tapered wood legs, which add to Hartley’s sophisticated design.

  • Headboard is available in 40″ and 48″ high
  • Available in twin – California king

Hartley bed in two headboard height options


Wyatt bed

Wyatt is a modern, low-profile bed frame. The clean lines give it a fresh feel in any bedroom.

  • Headboard is available in 36″ and 48″ high
  • Lift-up or front storage drawer options
  • Available in twin – California king

Wyatt bed in two headboard height options


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