Upholstered Headboards: What Fabric Should I Choose?

Upholstered Headboards: What Fabric Should I Choose?

Upholstered headboards have come back into style in a big way, and are great for uniting a room with a lovely fabric to anchor your bed in comfort and style.

When choosing a fabric for upholstered headboards, remember these tips:


Comfort & Material Choices

  • If you like to sit up in bed, choose a fabric for upholstering your headboard that is soft to the hand, like a chenille, polyester, or a velvet.
  • If you prefer a tighter weave fabric for your headboard (like a polyester, cotton, or linen), extra pillows can enhance your comfort.

Fabric Color Choices

  • A neutral color for a headboard can create a subtle backdrop, allowing you to stay flexible in changing up or going bold with your bedding colors.
  • Or, choose a graphic print or bold color for your upholstered headboard: this will do the heavy lifting of a large piece of art, giving visual focus to your space.


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Consider Your Pet

If you have a cat that might want to sharpen its claws on your headboard, choose a velvet or a very tight weave to discourage scratching.

Explore Fabrics That Could Work for You

Remember, once upholstered, headboards don’t get the daily wear of a chair or sofa, so they are a great chance to use fabrics that make more of an impact, but which may be too fussy for furniture.

Consider a textured or embroidered fabric, or a textile with novelty elements, to create a truly stunning bed.

Get Started on Your Upholstered Headboard today!

Check out our custom furniture page for more details on our upholstered headboards!

If you have any questions, reach out to us about your headboard project today.

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  6. Abby October 14, 2019 at 4:10 pm #

    Is Shantung Mid-Weight Fabric okay for a padded headboard?

    • Victoria Robinson November 12, 2019 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Abby, unless the fabric is specifically woven for upholstery silk fabric needs to be knit backed prior to using for upholstering.

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