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Why is a Headboard Important?

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This guide has been written by home expert Imogen North

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One of the most underrated issue when deciding how to outfit our bedroom is whether or not to get a headboard. Many of us may be wondering what’s the point of having one. Headboards have been used in the past to show off wealth and luxury, and to isolate sleepers from cold in poorly insulated houses, but what’s the point of having one today?

We all know we can live with or without them but, although they may not be necessary to our survival, there are still important benefits, both aesthetic and functional, in using one. Read on to find out some.

Easy restyling

If you’re thinking of refreshing the look of your bedroom, purchasing a headboard can be the easiest way to do that. Headboards are eye-catchers, they stand out and create an atmosphere. They come in an abundance of different design and material; by adding one to your bed you can, in one move, rejuvenate the room, give a touch of distinction to it, make it appear more comfortable and stamp your own identity to it.

Cold insulation

Historically, headboards have been used to isolate sleepers from cold drafts during the night. This is still the case now: a headboard positioned against the wall or a window can shield the bed from cold drafts. If you’re suffering from a stiff or achy neck, this is an important point to consider.

Protect your wall

Not only a headboard will cover up existing marks or stains on your wall, it will also prevent them from happening. Abrasions due to the bed scraping against the wall will no longer be a problem.

Back support when sitting on the bed

If you like to sit up in bed reading, using your tablet or laptop, or you like enjoying Sunday breakfast in bed, a headboard can provide extra support. It’ll be more comfortable to sit against it rather than a hard wall or a pile of pillows.

Make your pillow stay exactly where it is

A headboard will put an end to the frustrating experience of having your pillow ending up in the gap between the wall and your bed.

Store things

Some headboards on the market can provide overhead storage in the way of shelves or hidden compartments. This kind of headboard can suit you if you don’t have a large bedroom; it can also replace bedsides tables whether there’s little space for them.

Better sleep quality

This may seem a little strained, but when all is said and done, when it comes to furnishing your bedroom, you want the decor and arrangement to be nice to look at, but also and most of all you want to create a cozy, warm and safe environment that can make it easier to get comfortable and fall into deep, quality sleep.

For all the reasons listed above, adding the right headboard to your bed can be the easiest, cheapest and fastest way to achieve that safe and warm environment, and this is, I think, why it’s worth having one.


1.  Headboard (furniture) – Page from Wikipedia

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