12 Headboards Bedroom Furniture Full, Queen & King Sizes 2021
Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in a good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. This is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of things to sleep on — including the best platform beds, the best metal bed frames, and the best adjustable bed bases — here, we’ve rounded up the best headboards, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. To even the playing field a bit, we focused on queen-size headboards, but most of these headboards are available in other sizes as well.
Modway Lily Tufted Linen Fabric Upholstered Full Headboard in Navy$119 now 10% off4.6 stars, 1,668 reviews$107
About 75 percent of reviewers gave this headboard five stars, and most noted that it’s much nicer than they expected it to be. One reviewer describes it as “a step up from something from Ikea.” Reviewers are equally as impressed with how easy it was to set-up. “It was only 3 pieces to assemble, so super quick and easy,” one writes, adding that all the hardware to attach the legs to the headboard and to attach the headboard to the bed frame was included. One even says they “Went from in the box to set up in less than 30 minutes.”
Reviewers also note that this works with a variety of bed frames from metal to wood, and even with platform beds: “I was a little worried that this headboard was going to be too tall for our platform-style bed, but on the lowest notch it is perfect.” The same user adds that the headboard is sturdy enough that you don’t even need to attach it to the bed, writing, “We ended up just putting it behind the bed, scooting up the mattress, and it is secure without having to be installed at all.”$107 AT AMAZON
Best-rated (less expensive) headboard
Zinus Satish Upholstered Channel Stitched Headboard in Grey4.6 stars, 128 reviews$89
“It is not only plain and simple, which is what I was looking for it also looks smart,” one reviewer says of this headboard from Zinus, adding that they were also “impressed that the legs are metal which makes it sturdier in my mind. I think for the money it was a home run.” Another says, “This headboard is beautiful, easy to assemble, looks expensive, my friends and family can’t believe I purchased this for under $150.” About a third of reviewers describe the assembly as easy and a few even note you can attach it to the wall. Another 10 percent use the word “sturdy” in their reviews and one even thinks it’s durable as they have found it’s easy to clean: “When my ex got salsa on it, it was easy to spot-treat, and the stain went away just like him.”$89 AT AMAZON
And now for some micro-picks of every type of headboard you might be looking for.
Best faux-leather headboard
A skeptic who says, “Come on… I’ve seen similar in stores around town selling for upwards of $250 with the same look, same fabric/vinyl, same adjustable feature,” wasn’t expecting much but says that they were, “very pleased” with this purchase. Others were also shocked by how much they liked the faux leather (which is actually vinyl).
The Best Headboards on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers
“It does not feel plasticky as I expected vinyl too,” one writes, while another says, “I don’t think you’d realize it wasn’t leather unless you climbed on the bed and touched it.” One even point out the fabric has some practical perks, writing, “If it gets dirty in any way I can just wipe it.” Reviewers also add that setup was simple. “I love the look in my room; it was just what I envisioned and took me (by myself) about 30 minutes to install,” one satisfied customer writes.$116 AT AMAZON
Best cushioned headboard
Modway Annabel Tufted Button Linen Fabric Upholstered Queen Headboard$144 now 16% off4.5 stars, 795 reviews$121
One customer —in a reviewer titled, “At last can read in bed!” — loves the “deep cushioning” on this headboard. And a dozen others describe how comfortable this headboard is, thanks to the padding. Another user who attached theirs to the wall says, “The headboard is very plush and comfy to lean against.” And another couple who “Needed (okay, wanted) a headboard to make our master bedroom look more ‘adult,’” settled on this one. In addition to being easy to assemble, they note, “I love the way it makes our room look and it’s quite comfy to prop some pillows against it and read in bed.”$121 AT AMAZON
Best headboard with nailhead trim
Modway Region Linen Fabric Upholstered Queen Headboard in Cafe with Nailhead Trim$119 now 38% off4.5 stars, 570 reviews$74
“The fabric is really good quality, with a linen texture, and the antique brass nailhead trim is nicely applied,” one reviewer explains. “Nailheads are slightly larger than ones I have seen on antique upholstered furniture, so the headboard feels clean and modern.” Not only are they modern, but reviewers think they give the headboard that cheap, but expensive-looking feel.
“If you are looking for an inexpensive, upholstered headboard, do yourself a favor and buy this one,” one happy customer urges. “It’s a bit on the thin side but the fabric and nailheads look SO much better than the price tag suggests.” The price, however, has nothing to do with the quality according to one reviewer who says, “ It looks like it cost at least three times the price, and the ‘nailheads’ are on a strip rather than being individual so they should stay attached much better, and still look fantastic!”$74 AT AMAZON
Best storage headboard
Sauder Orchard Hills Bookcase Headboard in Carolina Oak$117 now 12% off4.1 stars, 457 reviews$103
For reviewers who can’t make use of a nightstand, this storage headboard is a godsend. “We have a cat that likes to knock everything off of our nightstands and walk back and forth across our heads all night,” one says. “Enter this lifesaver! It went together easily enough & attached to the bed frame just fine. Now our cat leaves our nightstands alone and just hangs out on the shelf at night.” Reviewers also appreciate that the shelves are removable and that there are cable holes.
12 Headboards Bedroom Furniture Full, Queen & King Sizes 2021
One explains, “The cubbies are nicely sized and I really love that I can customize the shelves on either side, and there are pre-cut, but not punched out, cord holes in the back of the shelves.” One reviewer does leave a very specific warning when it comes to this headboard-slash-bookcase: “I didn’t think about how everything on it will come to life and start attacking you and whoever you are ‘jumping on the bed’ with if you bolt the bed frame to the headboard. The salt stone lamp damn near killed her. So I just detached the frame from the headboard, and it’s mostly fine now lol.”
What is the point of a headboard?
A headboard gives support to your bed, but most importantly it protects your wall against abrasion. As well as a headboard’s practical uses, a headboard can also give your bedroom a very personal touch.
Can I buy just a headboard? A Headboard Only is Easier on Your Budget
Since you don’t have to buy a complete bed frame, the cost of a headboard only will save you money.
Is it OK not to have a headboard?
While we love a beautiful headboard as much as the next home decorator, it’s no longer a necessity to create a finished bedroom. Not only does decorating without a headboard allow you to be more creative and think outside the box, but it can also free up space and give you more room to work within a small space.
Can you put a headboard on any bed?
Can a headboard be attached to any bed frame? Yes, a headboard can be attached to any bed frame provided they are size compatible. For example, a twin headboard can be attached to a twin platform bed, bunk bed, or four-poster bed, but a twin headboard cannot be attached to a full-size bed frame.