Head(board) Case.

I always get questions from clients about placing beds in front of windows. In some rooms, there is no alternative to putting a bed right in front of a window.  So I thought I’d show a couple examples of how to make this work along with some other random thoughts on treating the wall behind the bed.

If you hate the idea of a bed in front of a window, you’ll want to conceal it.  One way to do this is to layer window treatments to make it as cozy as possible.  This image from Lonny below is a great example- by having a roman shade made of bamboo (kept down) flocked by long panels of curtains with tall, statement bedside lamps makes that wall feel purposely designed– not as though you are trying to hide something (even though you are).


Another thing to do is to embrace the window. Treat the window like a headboard itself, or better yet, a work of art hung above the bed.  This picture is a perfect example. again, long drapes are KEY here- you need to frame the window to make it look like the placement of the bed is on purpose, not a last resort. Also, the curtains then give you a solid background to place the lamps in front of.

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This might be my favorite treatment of a window behind a bed!  This person installed a floor to ceiling sheer on a ceiling track to only slightly conceal the window, but also making a very ethereal, cool backdrop wall for the bed! I absolutely love it!  The curtain makes the ceiling seem so much higher and filters beautiful light into the space (that baller chandy doesn’t hurt either).


Sometimes the bed is JUST wider than the wall in between the windows in a bedroom, but the does not mean you can’t still put it there.  The picture below shows how balanced it can look even if the proportions are a bit off.

bd2fdd5945c4 Another great way to conceal a window is by using a large folding screen behind the bed.  I adore folding screens and think this is a great use for them, window or not! The genius DIY queen Jenny over at Little Green Notebook made this one from scratch all by herself (learn how to do it here).


Some more screens as headboards:






And just because we’re talking about this area of the bedroom, I have to mention my new favorite composition of hanging art or tall mirrors behind each nightstand instead of over the bed! I just used this on an e-design project (yes, I do remote e-design) hanging framed tall panels of wallpaper beside the bed, behind each nightstand and the using a sunburst mirror ABOVE the bed.  LOVE LOVE LOVE. :)






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One last thought- large art as a headboard. Just love it. Modern, clean and cool. Just sayin’.




And this just because it’s ridiculously awesome and genius- bookshelves surrounding the bed? Duh.



  1. What is the picture source for the bedroom that uses the window as a headboard – I love it and want to see more!

  2. i adore the bookshelves surrounding the bed. genius idea! i too have my king sized bed in front of the “windows” in my room. but the window was not centered on the wall and i didn’t want to block the double windows on the other side of the room so i pretended that i had double windows behind my bed by hanging my drapes the same width as the doubles. does that make sense? it looks great. it grounds the bed because my ceilings are so incredibly high. great post!

  3. When you live in California, you have to be careful about hanging things above the bed lest something fall on you during a nocturnal earthquake. I got so out of the habit that now that I’m back on the East Coast I still don’t hang anything over my bed!

  4. mmmm this makes me want to go jump back into my own bed, but then I remember that it is not nearly as stylish and that is why it was so easy for me to hop out of it this morning!

  5. Nice post Erin! I love the photo with the orange chair. I think because my mother can’t stand the color orange, I’m drawn to it……..

  6. Wow! I need to go re-think my bedside tables… Beautiful images! I especially appreciate the beds in front of windows since that’s what I’m dealing with in our master.

    Does anyone know any details about the lamp from the Sarah Richardson image?

  7. Great post, LOVED it! I would love to see your ideas on TVs in family rooms. Most pictures that we see from designers don’t have TVs, but that isn’t very realistic for families with kids that want functionality and design!! I’m struggling with hiding a tv in an armoire (is that still in style?) or hanging the tv on the wall. And if it’s on the wall, what do you put below it? HELP!

  8. I LOVE the wallpaper panel idea with the sunburst mirror over the bed! :) P.S. The sunburst mirror came Tuesday. Can’t wait to show you pictures of the finished room!

    Emily (one of your e-design clients)

  9. Love all of these! I’m definitely in need of a headboard! I’ve always loved that first Lonny room!

  10. Gosh, all of those bedrooms are absolutely gorgeous! The green, upholstered bed is definitely my fav ~ so glamorous! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. great tips, erin. beds in front of windows are never first choice, but sometimes, you gotta do, what you gotta do! and screens & paintings are my favorite non-headboard headboards.

  12. Not too sure how I found this blog but glad I did find it. Think I was looking for something else on google. Don’t know I agree 100% with what you say, but have bookmaked and will pop back to read to see if you add any more posts. Keep up the good work

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