My Favorite Retail Headboards

When you can’t quite spring for a full bed, headboards are a fabulous way to add drama, style and softness to a bedroom. By adding a $50 metal bed frame and simple bed skirt (more ideas on that later) you may never lust after that fully upholstered bed anyways! I often have custom designed ones made for clients, but lets fact it, most of us don’t have the time, resources or funds to do that- or maybe you do for your master, but need easy to buy beds off the floor for guest rooms? Here are some of my favorites!

NAILHEADS! I seriously have a problem I may need a 12 step program for when it comes to nailheads. If I could do it painlessly, I am pretty sure I’d nailhead myself, my dogs and anything else in my grasp.  I simply adore a clean headboard with a nailhead detail, it’s so classic. The design of the Serena and Lily Octavia below (available in a bevy of colors)and the oversize spaced out ones of the PB Teen one are both amazing.

Smaller budget doesn’t mean smaller bed- West Elm finally made a TALL version of their nailhead headboard!  And how graceful and feminine is this Wisteria one with it’s double row of nails?

I had TWO clients fall head over heels for this Ethan Allen Isabel bed this month- it’s clean lines and yes, nailhead, appeased the husbands! While the tufted Alison was what we used in this bedroom makeover and it really makes my heart sing. Also, you can pick fram a variety of fabrics with Ethan Allen!

How SPECTACULAR is this vintage reproduction headboard from Serena & Lily? The original flea market find they used in their catalog got so many requests that they finally made a copy! And this wood framed one from Pottery Barn has such a vintage feel to it!

The slight wings on these two beds add weight to the bed- I love the texture of the Pottery Barn one, perfect for a glamorous beach house or country home and the Helaine Bed from Mitchell Gold (whole bed shown, but just headboard is available) is a personal longtime favorite!

Prints are great when you want to keep your bedding simple (think white with banding or a texture as shown below).  And if you are scared you will not love it in a year- no problem, these are under $500 from Z Gallerie!

One of the most popular shapes these days is the Jonathan Adler Woodhouse . I have ordered it for a few clients (the best aprt- the color options and availability to provide your own fabric) but if you can’t afford that one, Pottery Barn had a GREAT version in clean linen!

Tufting is another thing I have a slightly unhealthy addiction too. When I see a good tufted anything I simply swoon. So it’s no surprise that I constantly try to get tufted beds into client’s homes- I think it is such a brilliant way to add texture in a clean way to any space. I truly think all bedrooms and living rooms need SOMETHING tufted in it- a chair, bench, ottoman, sofa or headboard. I don’t discriminate with tufting- be it clean and modern like this leather West Elm headboard or soft and traditional like this Restoration version. And some of the other headboards above also have tufting, so check them out again!

If you can get yardage of the fabric your headboard is upholstered it you can either have a bedskirt made and the peice will look like a fully upholstered bed! If that’s a bit pricey, you can buy a simple box pleat skirt like this one and use the fabric (or a close enough match or trim in the same color) to add a nice 2″ banding around the bottom of it!

If you’ve come across any fabulous retail headboards be sure to leave them in comments!

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  1. I LOVE that tall West Elm nailhead version- how lovely. We bought our bed (Sumatra bed from PB) years ago while still renting. After purchasing our home- (which has a super tiny bedrooms)… I am KICKING myself and wishing we just had a headboard- which would save some serious space!

  2. Great round-up! My husband is anti-style/decorating, but I’ve been lusting after a headboard for years. I may just DIY a nailhead version and get it up while he’s at work.

  3. I love these type of posts. It’s great to see examples of high-style decor that I could actually afford! Sometimes it feels like “designer” options are so out of reach. Great post (and I love nailhead anything too!)

  4. I just bought a nate berkus tufted velvet headboard from HSN for my guest bedroom and I love it and it was under $400. It’s also available in linen.

  5. Check out Skyline’s options on Amazon (search “Skyline headboard”) – Some of the queen options w/ velvet and nailhead, plus lovely colors ring in at under $300 + free prime shipping.
    I’ve been hard-pressed to find a better deal.

  6. ah! i love that west elm option… with a lighter grey fabric. in my opinion, headboards make all the difference. no headboard = college. headboard = adult!

  7. For locals, Boston Interiors has some fantastic options in 2 different price points (the pricier being from Bernhardt but still comparable to these retail pieces you featured). We just ordered a full upholstered bed from them and can’t wait for it to get here!

  8. Have you seen the new Tyler bed from Henredon? I just put one in my master and it is to die for.

  9. Your nailhead addiction is hilarious…I love these that you’ve selected. I’ve always wondered if the Ballard Designs headboards are nice in person or not because they are so affordable…

  10. I’m loving the Serena and Lily headboard – greek key nailhead! Such pretty colors too. It’s classic and not too trendy.

  11. Erin, thanks SO much for posting this roundup! I’d love the Collette bed, but considering we’d want a king size ( hubby is 6’3) and we’d have to buy a new mattress, it seems way out of reach. You’ve given me lots of great alternatives to consider!

  12. I was pleasantly surprised by World Market’s Draper bed. I couldn’t find the one I have, but here’s the leather version:

    I know they have upholstered (gray and oatmeal) versions in-store. It’s held up really well, is soft against my back when I read and even has upholstered footboard/sideboards! Using a coupon, I think I got the fabric version for about $200.

  13. I’ve had my eye on the Brea bed from Vanguard (at Horchow), but it’s kind of a bummer you can’t customize the fabric. It is akin to the MG Helaine bed (tufted w/ wings). You’ve certainly given me a lot of other options to think about, thanks! Had never thought to look at Ethan Allen, but WOW! And btw…welcome to Newton! You’ll love it here :).

  14. I’ve got the “nailhead” gene, too. I even love nailhead designs on doors, etc. Anyway, you nailed it!!! franki

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