Headboards have been used as a bed accessory for thousands of years! There is conclusive archaeological evidence that proves that headboards were used as far back as Egyptian times. The headboards and beds of the Pharaohs were made from ornate, expensive substances such as gold, silver and ebony. Whilst the Pharaohs beds were raised off the ground, the peasants of this era slept on the floor on top of palm leaves and made their headboards from rolled up straw!
Headboards had two purposes throughout history – the first being for warmth. A solid headboard at the back of the bed stopped drafts and cold hitting the head, therefore keeping you warmer at night. The second reason was purely as a sign of wealth. Right up to Medieval times, headboards were made to look extremely grand and ornate so that it was known that the owner was really wealthy.
Today, headboards are generally used pure and simply for creating a stylish look in the bedroom – we don't have to worry about drafts any more due to the inventions of double glazing, central heating and high loft duvets and pillows! There are many different designs of headboard on the market today so choice comes down to what style you are after for your bedroom! Headboards are also made in a full range of UK sizes that fit single beds, small double beds, double beds, king size beds and the ultimate super king size bed!
Upholstered headboards have always been a popular choice for a headboard as the rabric really helps to soften the look of the bedroom. Upholstered headboards can also generally be made to order in a magnificent array of colours and fabrics meaning that whatever colour you have in your bedroom – there will be something to match!
Leather headboards are now made by more manufacturers than ever as they are great for allergy sufferers due to the ease of keeping them clean! A damp cloth run over the leather is all it takes to remove any dust that may have settled on the headboard. As well as being good for cleanliness, a leather headboard looks stylish to say the least and will bring an old fashioned divan bed base right up to date!
If upholstery isn't the way that you want to go and you require something more solid, our great range of wooden headboards is sure to have something for you. Pine headboards are great value if your budget isn't huge whilst oak headboards are extremely sturdy and will last you a very long time. Style wise, wooden headboards are usually either panelled or have slats running from top to bottom with a plinth on the top rail that help to give them a simple Shaker look.
If a more contemporary style is what you are trying to achieve then metal headboards are a worth a look at. Metal headboards are crafted in many different ways now and designers have come up with some really futuristic looking designs. On the other end of the scale, metal is easily bent so many different romantic styles have also been designed in order for you to create the bedroom of your dreams!
All of our headboard ranges have a universal UK bed fitting. Whatever style and build material you decide to go for, we have some really fantastic prices on the Storage Beds Direct website that will suit all tastes and budgets – take a look - you are sure to find something that fits the bill!
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