By Sarah Rachel. Bedroom Headboard. Published at Saturday, June 02nd, 2018 - 00:18:49 AM.
Electric art. Here’s another way to include your alternative headboard in your bedroom’s lighting design. This rectangular shape has the familiarity of a conventional headboard but the multiple glowing lights are a clever twist. A neon sign mounted above the bed would provide a similar effect.
Upholstered headboard. Upholstered headboards (or stuffers as they were originally known) became popular during the 17th century as the demand for comfort increased and draping fabric on canopy beds died out. The bedroom became more private during this time and the need to show off had moved to other rooms in the home. The choice of fabric is as important as the design of an upholstered headboard. Oils from hair and skin can quickly damage and stain a headboard. Leather is an extremely durable fabric but can be spendy. Some vinyl fabrics look just as good and can cost much less. The design of the button-tufted upholstered headboard shown considers both genders in this bedroom and has a sophisticated and elegant look.
Create cupboards. The designer of this cute cottage-y room in a converted Cotswolds England house has made nice use of the narrow alcoves on either side of the bed. Pretty but hardly a new idea right? What makes this design sing is the simple way the rustic headboard has been built as part of this wooden architecture. Plain vertical planks not only connect the spaces at the head of the bed making the arrangement look as if it’s been there forever but the uprights over the bed are cleverly topped with a narrow shelf just wide enough for paperbacks and a framed picture. This idea is great if you don’t have much space for bedside tables or don’t want to clutter them up. Just make sure the edge of the shelf is flush with the rest of the headboard or it will be very uncomfortable when you’re sitting up in bed.
Headboard history. The pictorial history of the headboard starts with the Egyptian pharaohs. Headboards carved in ebony silver and gold (clearly more for show than comfort) are depicted in many early drawings. Next were the Greeks and Romans. More practical in their approach they designed a basic wooden platform with a headboard to protect themselves from cold drafts. The headboard allowed them to eat and even socialize around the bed making the bedroom the main entertaining area in the home.
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