Bed head boards enhance the look and feel of a room. Photo by MyTexasHouse.
Bed Basics

Headboards: Do You Really Need One?

People typically think of headboards for beds as an essential piece of furniture for your bedroom. 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?

head bed boards help decorate your sleep space

History of Bed Headboards

Bed headboards were originally 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?

Today's Modern Headboards

Today, 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 headboards and footboards today are often more of a decorative piece of furniture that enhances the overall aesthetic of a bedroom. 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.

Beds Without Headboards

Since headboards are more of an aesthetic item now, there are unlimited ways to style your sleep space. 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 paint the wall as your headboard, use 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. Most headboards easily attach to a bed frame or adjustable base by screwing into the frame.


Best Mattress Firm Headboards

Ready to update your sleep space with a new headboard for your bed? Here are our top headboard picks for every bedroom.

Sleepy's Wingback Tufted Headboard

sleepys marion wingback tufted headboard

Add a touch of luxury and comfort to your bedroom with the Marion Wingback Tufted Headboard. This upholstered headboard features winged sides with button-tufting details. The durable soft linen fabric is available in light gray and dark gray.

Harley Bed Set

home elegance harley headboard and footboard set

The Harley upholstered bed frame features a tufted curved headboard. Available in a variety of colors, this bed set includes the headboard, footboard, sideboards and slats.

Fenton Column Headboard

sleepys fenton column headboard

Soft, tufted panels and classic lines add to the beauty of the transitional-style Fenton headboard. Plush, durable fabric enhances the overall look and feel of this headboard. It is available in beige or dark gray and comes in a queen and king headboard size.

Francis Bed Frame Set

homeelegance francis upholstered bed frame set

The Francis bed set by Homeelegance is an upholstered bed frame set that includes a scooped corner headboard outlined with nail head accents. This bed set will soften any bedroom, creating a relaxing sleep space. Available in a variety of colors, this bed set includes the headboard, footboard, sideboards and slats

McKenzie Upholstered Headboard

sleepy's mackenzie upholstered headboard

The McKenzie headboard features luxurious upholstered faux linen fabric with elegant diamond tufted buttons and a nail head trim. This headboard is a classic beauty for any bedroom and is available in beige and charcoal.

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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