9 Benefits of a Headboard

9 Benefits of a Headboard

Although they are often underrated, a headboard can easily add a new layer of style to a room. There are many benefits of headboards, and this post will explore nine reasons you should have a headboard on your bed. We also explore if a headboard should be against a wall and what to do if your bed doesn’t have a headboard.

Benefits of a Headboard

1. Style

This one might be obvious, but one of the best benefits of a headboard is that they are stylish. Typically, the primary function of a headboard is to add a bit of je ne sais quoi to your room. 

One of the best ways to achieve this is to plan your bedding around your headboard – the bed is the focal point of your bedroom, so it’s important to make sure that all the components complement each other. 

If you prefer bright and colourful bedding, go for a neutral headboard to make them pop. Alternatively, if your room has an established colour scheme, a headboard in that colour (or a complementary colour) can help bring the room together.

2. Cover marks on the wall

If you have any scuffs or stains on your wall that you can’t get rid of, or even a spot where you tried to get rid of something and smudged the paint, a headboard can hide the mark. This is particularly useful in rented accommodation when you can’t repaint the wall but don’t want to see it every time you’re in your bedroom.

3. Prevents wear and tear

Similarly, headboards protect your wall from wear and tear. At night, you do sweat and, yes, some people drool onto their pillows. It’s natural, and you can’t help it, but when your pillow absorbs this and then presses straight against the wall, it can cause streaks or marks. Sleeping without a headboard can even stain the wall, making marks difficult to remove. This leads to the next point…

4. Easy to clean

The benefit of a headboard is that they are easy to clean. If you’re worried about your headboard collecting moisture, dust and skin particles while you sleep, fear not – a quick clean regularly, and the occasional deep clean, will keep it fresh. 

A quick hoover is an easy regular clean for an upholstered headboard, and a deeper clean with baking soda every so often will keep it fresh. A leather headboard is even easier – all you have to do is dust it off and wipe it down with some leather wipes. This is why a headboard is important, because they are much easier to refresh than the wall behind them. Of course, ensure you check the manufacturer’s instructions for the best way to clean your headboard.

And, whilst you’re at it, why not freshen up your mattress too? 


5. Back support

Whether you prefer to read in bed, scroll on your phone or watch videos on your tablet, many people spend time sitting up in bed to wind down before sleep or wake themselves up slowly. A headboard can make this time much more comfortable as it prevents you from slouching back against the wall directly and provides a layer of padding.

It can also help you maintain a better posture while sitting up in bed, and if you enjoy an occasional breakfast in bed, a headboard will help you stay balanced to minimise the risk of spills.

6. Feng shui

If you are interested in the spiritual benefits of designing your bedroom according to the principles of feng shui, you’ll probably already know why a headboard is important. Sleeping without a headboard means you lack a mountain at your back to keep you safe and secure. There are certain materials and styles of headboard to use and those to avoid, according to feng shui. Still, the right one is believed to empower you, strengthen your command position and create better Chi energy benefits. 

7. Keep you warmer

Headboards are great for guarding against a cold wall, making them ideal for sleeping comfortably in winter, especially if your walls are poorly insulated. This applies to both fabric and leather, as they’ll trap more heat for you to stay cosy and snuggled up. 

8. Pillow stays put 

Picture this: you’re on the verge of falling asleep. You’re cosy and tired, and the mattress is just so comfortable. You shuffle up onto your pillow a little more… and it drops to the floor. Awful, right? Sleeping without a headboard means that your pillow has less traction and is more likely to move around during the night. A headboard helps you keep your pillow where it should be – under your head.

9. Functional

One great benefits of headboards is that they can be versatile. Some headboards come with storage options available or little shelves. These allow you to store some night-time reading, keep your alarm close or charge your phone by the bed without the need for a nightstand. 


Does a Headboard Have to Be Against a Wall?

Headboards don’t have to be against a wall – ‘floating’ your bed means to have it freestanding away from any walls, and headboards often ensure the back looks good as well as the front. 

However, it comes down to how much space you have. In a large bedroom, having all of the furniture against a wall can leave too much open floor space in the middle of the room and floating the bed is a great way to combat that. In a smaller bedroom, having the bed in the middle of the room can restrict your ability to walk around the room and make it look cluttered.

What Can I Do If My Bed Doesn’t Have a Headboard?

Now that you know why a headboard is important, you might be wondering what your options are if your bed doesn’t have a headboard. You could buy a wall-mounted headboard, which is a popular choice in hotels. However, a wall-mounted headboard means that you wouldn’t easily be able to move the bed even slightly.

Alternatively, a floor-standing headboard sits just behind your bed to give you all the style and function of a headboard without having to get a whole new bed frame. One of the benefits of headboards is that they can be versatile.

At Linx Beds, we offer a wide range of headboards in different colours, styles and materials to ensure that you can make the most of the benefits of a headboard. For advice on how to choose and style a headboard in your room, contact our friendly team today, and why not check out our post on bedroom furniture trends in 2021 and keep on top of all the best styles for this year?