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Making the most of headboards

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 10, 2022

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service

Headboards are sometimes viewed as inexpensive alternatives to a bed ensemble that includes side rails and footboards, but these days they can also provide an opportunity for creativity and even saving space.

Why not consider a headboard to grace the head of your bed? Here are some top tips to keep in mind.

Add a bed skirt. Typically, a headboard is placed against a metal or wood frame in which seeing the frame could be undesirable. A bed skirt will allow you to conceal the bed frame. A bed skirt with a 16- to 18-inch drop typically works best.

Consider a headboard that involves stain-resistant fabrics. To help preserve an upholstered headboard, consider having it covered in a stain-resistant or treated fabric. This will help considerably preserve the appearance of your headboard.

Opt for batting. A plump and well-wrapped headboard will last longer than one in which the foundation is more thinly wrapped.

Consider an alternative to a traditional headboard such as iron. Once considered old fashioned, they are now used in interior settings in which people are looking for a midcentury modern or art deco feel.

Consider an architectural feature or design element to act as a headboard such as a long wood panel, wall of mirror or upholstered panels that can even be affixed to the wall.

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