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Headboards: Do You Really Need One?

People typically think of  headboards for beds as an essential sleep sanctuary item. Whether you prefer wooden, upholstered or a DIY option inspired by Pinterest, headboards are an easy way to customize your bedroom. But we got to thinking, is there a functional purpose for headboards or are they just for aesthetics? Why do you need a headboard?


History of Headboards

Back in the day, headboards were used as a barrier between the wall and the edge of the bed, keeping heads from getting too cold during the night. Houses weren't insulated as well as they are today and the walls could get really cold, resulting in a very cold bedroom. Simply put, headboards shielded the cold.

So why is there still such an implied necessity for headboards since homes have better insulation now?

Why do you need a headboard today?

One way of looking at it is that headboards can be considered a space filler not only on a big, open wall, but also between the wall and the bed, keeping pillows from falling off the bed during the night. Nothing is more frustrating than waking up with no pillows because they've fallen off the bed.

Most of what we discovered is that headboards really are simply meant to be fun to look at and aesthetically pleasing. A stylish headboard can make an entire bedroom seem cozier and more comfortable than just a bare wall. Cozy bedrooms naturally make it easier to get comfortable and fall into deep, quality sleep.

Sure, there may not be an actual functional purpose requiring headboards to be in every bedroom. But if having one could make you more comfortable and improve your sleep quality, our Mattress Firm team most definitely recommends them. For us, being bed-obsessed is our way of life, and we know finding your best bed is all about discovering your best quality sleep!


Are there headboard alternatives?

Since headboards are more of an aesthetic item now, the way you choose to style your sleep sanctuary is boundless! For those who don't like the look or feel of a headboard, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Whether you prefer to use a wall as your headboard, a piece of art at the head of your bed, or you want to roam free and use no headboard at all, the choices are endless. However, if you are using the wall or a wall with art at the head of your bed, it's important to use an internal wall rather than external. If the other side of the wall is exposed to the outside and poorly insulated, you may find yourself in the same predicament that made people invent headboards in the first place! Also, it's important to make sure your pillows and your head are far enough from the art to avoid any kind of damage or injury during sleep.

Are there headboard options for every bed?

Absolutely. Whether you are in need of  full bed headboards, are searching for the best  headboards for queen beds or need a headboard that will work with your  adjustable base, there is a size to fit your bed and a style to fit your preference. And if you're looking to add a little extra flair to your sleep space, a headboard can be just the ticket to truly make your room the sleep sanctuary you crave.


If you are looking for the right mattress to go along with your new headboard or on the hunt for the best headboard deals, let Mattress Firm help you find exactly what you need. Shop at your  nearest Mattress Firm or online at to find the bed of your dreams!

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