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Headboard Tips

Updated February 21, 2017

A headboard adds an additional design element to a bedroom that you can use to enhance the decor of the room. Some headboards also serve a tangible purpose by providing padding while sitting up in bed or shelves for extra storage. Choose, decorate and make your headboard to match your room and your needs.

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Choosing a Headboard

Choose a headboard that compliments the decor of the bedroom. For example, consider using a wrought iron headboard if the room is decorated with a feminine and romantic aesthetic, or buy a sleek headboard for more modern decor. If you are allergy prone, steer clear of upholstered headboards and instead choose wood or stone. If you often read or sit up in bed, buy a headboard with a lot of padding.

Cleaning Headboards

Keeping your headboard clean is important to ensure that there is not an excess amount of dust mites, bacteria mould spores and other allergens in your sleeping area. Headboards can become dirty from your body and hair oils if you sit up in bed often. Clean wood or metal headboards with liquid dish soap and water. Use as little cleaning solution as possible if you are cleaning wood, to prevent it from buckling. Steam clean upholstery or spot clean it with stain remover.

Making Headboards

Create a fully customised upholstered headboard at home to ensure that you are getting the best product for your bedroom. To make it, wrap a piece of plywood in upholstery fabric, foam and batting. Choose very thick foam if you want a heavily padded headboard. Use a staple gun to secure the upholstery, batting and foam.

Decorating Headboards

Instead of making a headboard from scratch, you can decorate your headboard to help it match your bedroom better. Paint metal or wood headboards. Seal the paint to prolong its life and prevent scratches. Hammer decorative nail heads into the edges of wood or upholstered headboards.

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About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.

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