Decorating With A Fabric Covered Headboard

By Kerri Stout

Everything looks absolutely perfect in your bedroom except for your bed. It is hard to match the other furnishings and accessories to just any type of bed frame so you are considering a fabric covered headboard to finish it off. This is a great method of finding the perfect material to add to and match your bedroom decor.

There are many advantages to using these bed additions. They are fairly inexpensive as compared to wood or metal styles. They are easily cleaned and maintained. The selections are many and can be found in physical stores and online. No foot board is necessary. In fact, sometimes it is better to be without one as they obstruct views from windows or glass walls or block the view to a television screen. These are exactly some of the reasons that you rarely find foot boards in hotel or motel rooms.

The main materials used can look absolutely amazing against a wood-paneled or painted wall. It will enhance the room by adding interest, personal style and texture. For example, a light green fern pattern would look fantastic against a dark green wall. An off-white linen would be astounding against a wall with rustic texture.

A variety of styles are available. They can be very simple, ornate, curved, rectangular, high, or low. Sizes can be found or custom made for any size bed whether it be a king, queen, full or twin bed. If you own an irregular size of bed, the headboard can be designed especially for that model.

Fabrics are also very varied and the piece can be made of anything from polyester, linen, silk or micro-suede. Choose the look that best fits the personality of the room. For example, if you have a truly masculine-style decor in a room, a dark brown suede with a tan or brown patterned comforter would be absolutely perfect for the confirmed bachelor or single businessman.

Special touches can make it even more appealing. The more padding used, the more elegant it will look. Deep tufts will also add elegance and a nail head trim can make the impact more traditional. Eliminate any buttons, nail heads or extras for children's styles as they can be pulled off or damaged.

Two-tone fabrics, floral materials, large checks or a combinations of varnished wood trim and an upholstered back will give a distinctive look to your purchase. The use of taller headboards can give the illusion of height in the room. Posts can be added to Early American or French Provincial styles to help them blend with the main style in the room. For children's rooms, seek out unusual prints and designs that will reflect the personalities of the occupants.

One of the best and most important advantages of this type of purchase is that changes can be easily and inexpensively made later after a new decor is chosen or different color is desired. An experienced upholsterer will be able to replace the old material with new, keeping the main frame for continued use.

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