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10 Best Headboards UK 2022

A new headboard is a brilliant way to upgrade your sleeping arrangement and tie your room together. Originally, headboards for beds were designed to be a barrier against draughts to keep sleepers insulated during the night, but these days they also improve your interior aesthetic as well as help make your bed more comfortable.


However, it's crucial to find the right headboard to suit your bed, décor, and, of course, your personal preferences. To help you choose, we've put together this guide to our favourite headboards in the UK available at John Lewis and Argos. Whether you're after a small, single cushioned upholstered option, a king sized rattan product, or a cheap and simple wooden board for a standard size double bed, we've got plenty of ideas! 

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  • Last updated: 25-08-2022
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How to Choose a Headboard in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Select a type: Full-Depth, Mounted or Cushioned Panels
  2. Choose either an Upholstered, Wood or Rattan Material to Fit Your Style

1. Choose Between Full-Depth, Mounted Headboards or Cushioned Panels Depending on Your Preferred Style and Budget

Opt For Full-Depth Headboards if You Want Something Stable That Doesn’t Require Assembling Yourself

Full-depth (or full-height) headboards stand up by themselves while fitting to the divan base using firm fixtures. You might worry that this style may wobble, but it's actually very sturdy.  Since full-depth headboards come in all kinds of sumptuous shades and fabrics, opting for one of these will make your bed the place to be - whether that's for sleeping, watching TV, or just chilling out!


However, full-depth headboards are usually pricier than other types as they're made from expensive materials and are more time-consuming to produce. They also come fully assembled, which means they may not be suitable for small apartments or houses with a narrow staircase.

Go For Headboards Mounted on Struts or Poles for a Lightweight, Affordable Option That Can Be Adjusted to Your Required Height

A strutted headboard mounted on struts or poles is a convenient and generally affordable choice. Some have two poles, but most options feature reinforced struts made from wood or metal that secure the headboard securely to the divan base.


This type of headboard can easily be adjusted to your desired height, and because it's lightweight, it's easy to move and store if you need to flat pack your bed for safekeeping. It does, however, require some self-assembly - this is usually straightforward, though!

Pick a Cushioned Panel Headboard to Add a Touch of Class and Cosiness to Your Bedroom

Headboards with a panel design are extremely in vogue right now - not only do they look super luxurious and sophisticated, but they make sitting or lying down in bed even more comfortable. 


They often come in the form of a full-depth headboard, with horizontal, vertical, or square panels made from cushioned fabric. You can also find lots of strutted headboards with a panel design for a cosy but still versatile piece of furniture


Turn your bedroom into a true cosy den by adding a few scented candles!

2. Decide on a Material: Upholstered Provides Maximum Comfort, Traditional Wood Is the Most Durable, and Rattan Adds a Touch of Style

Select an Upholstered Headboard if You’re After Optimum Comfort and Support While Reading in Bed

The upholstered headboard is by far the most sought-after type and the one you'll see the most when browsing online. Made from fabric and cushioning such as foam, this type of board provides maximum comfort and support - perfect for those who love to read or even work from their bed!


The range of materials that the upholstery can be made from includes cotton, tweed, and linen-like fabric to keep you feeling cushty all year round. Upholstered headboards also typically have a wooden base, so look for those made in the UK with FSC-certified wood for a sustainable purchase.

Buy a Traditional Wooden Slatted Headboard if Reliability and Durability Are Your Main Concern

Traditionally headboards were always made from wood, as this type of material has low thermal conductivity and therefore insulates the head from draughts. Nowadays, however, wood has been overtaken in popularity by upholstered headboards because most shoppers are looking for something comfy. Still, wooden slatted headboards are a reliable and stylish option - so don't rule them out just yet!


Wooden slatted headboards either come in natural shades or chic colours such as white and grey, allowing you to choose the tone that best suits your décor. Although they're a little harder to find online these days, we've included a few in our top 10 list for you to browse.

Consider a Sustainable Rattan Frame to Add a Fresh Style Statement to Your Bedroom

If you're bored of traditional upholstered or wooden headboards, rattan provides an unusual yet snazzy alternative. Either made entirely from rattan or a combination of metal and rattan, headboards crafted from this natural palm will bring a fresh, folky feel to your sleep space.


Rattan is a sustainable and fast-growing material that's flexible and durable, making it a long-lasting choice. Depending on the design, it can create a real style statement - although it, unfortunately, isn't as comfortable to lean against as a fabric headboard.


Do you know what would go great with a new headboard? Some lovely wall hangings!

Compare the Best Headboards

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Silentnight - Sleep Genius Full-Height Double Headboard for £279.00
  2. John Lewis & Partners - Rouen Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard for £319.00
  3. Argos Home - Bircham Single Headboard for £110.00
  4. Silentnight - Milan Small Double Headboard for £105.00
  5. Vispring - Ceres Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard for £695.00

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of headboards available and understand how our ranking was determined.


This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Silentnight Sleep Genius Full-Height Double Headboard 1

Silentnight

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John Lewis & Partners Rouen Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard 1

John Lewis & Partners

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Argos Home Bircham Single Headboard 1

Argos Home

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Silentnight Milan Small Double Headboard 1

Silentnight

5
Vispring Ceres Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard 1

Vispring

6
Habitat Tribeca Single Headboard 1

Habitat

7
John Lewis & Partners Sonning Upholstered Headboard 1

John Lewis & Partners

8
ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners Wilton Small Double Headboard 1

ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners

9
Tempur Thornby Full-Depth Headboard 1

Tempur

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Habitat Merak Rattan Kingsize Headboard 1

Habitat

Name

Sleep Genius Full-Height Double Headboard

Rouen Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard

Bircham Single Headboard

Milan Small Double Headboard

Ceres Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard

Tribeca Single Headboard

Sonning Upholstered Headboard

Wilton Small Double Headboard

Thornby Full-Depth Headboard

Merak Rattan Kingsize Headboard

Features

Luxury Headboard Built With Comfort and Style in Mind for a Very Reasonable Price

A Luxurious Upholstered Option With a Linen Feel to Add a Touch of Glamour to Your Bedroom

A Beautiful and Sophisticated Panel Board That’s Adjustable, Available in a Range of Shades

A Comfortable and Convenient Double Headboard to Fit With Almost Any Style of Room

A Full-Depth Headboard Handmade in the UK From High-Quality Materials

A Contemporary Take on Industrial Styling, Perfect for Smaller Beds

A Well-Padded Upholstered Headboard to Provide the Ultimate Level of Comfort

A Traditional-Style, Wooden Slatted Headboard Available in a Range of Colours

Stylish, British-Made, and Super King-Size Headboard for Those Who Prefer Minimalist Decor

A Monochromatic Statement Upholstered Headboard Made From Riveting Rattan

Price£279.00£319.00£110.00£105.00£695.00£53.60£119.00£99.00£795.00£240.00
StyleFull-depthFull-depthMounted on strutsMounted on strutsFull-depthMounted on strutsMounted on strutsMounted on strutsFull-depthMounted on poles
MaterialFSC certified chipboard, timber, polyester, polypropylene, cottonChipboard, polyester--FSC certified chipboard, MDF, polyesterFaux leather, powder coated metalChipboard, polyester, Pine, rubberwoodChipboard, softwood, fabricRattan
SizeDoubleDoubleSingleSmall doubleDoubleSingleDoubleSmall doubleSuper king-sizeKing-size
Installation TypePartial self assembly requiredFully assembledMinimal assemblyMinimal assemblyPartial self-assembly requiredMinimal assemblyPartial self-assembly requiredFully assembledPartial self-assembly requiredFully assembled
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10 Best Headboards in the UK

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SilentnightSleep Genius Full-Height Double Headboard

£279.00

StyleFull-depth
MaterialFSC certified chipboard, timber, polyester, polypropylene, cotton
SizeDouble
Installation TypePartial self assembly required
2

John Lewis & PartnersRouen Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard

£319.00

StyleFull-depth
MaterialChipboard, polyester
SizeDouble
Installation TypeFully assembled
3

Argos HomeBircham Single Headboard

£110.00

StyleMounted on struts
Material-
SizeSingle
Installation TypeMinimal assembly
4

SilentnightMilan Small Double Headboard

£105.00

StyleMounted on struts
Material-
SizeSmall double
Installation TypeMinimal assembly
5

VispringCeres Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard

£695.00

StyleFull-depth
MaterialFSC certified chipboard, MDF, polyester
SizeDouble
Installation TypePartial self-assembly required
6

HabitatTribeca Single Headboard

£53.60

StyleMounted on struts
MaterialFaux leather, powder coated metal
SizeSingle
Installation TypeMinimal assembly
7

John Lewis & PartnersSonning Upholstered Headboard

£119.00

StyleMounted on struts
MaterialChipboard, polyester,
SizeDouble
Installation TypePartial self-assembly required
8

ANYDAY John Lewis & PartnersWilton Small Double Headboard

£99.00

StyleMounted on struts
MaterialPine, rubberwood
SizeSmall double
Installation TypeFully assembled
9

TempurThornby Full-Depth Headboard

£795.00

StyleFull-depth
MaterialChipboard, softwood, fabric
SizeSuper king-size
Installation TypePartial self-assembly required
10

HabitatMerak Rattan Kingsize Headboard

£240.00

StyleMounted on poles
MaterialRattan
SizeKing-size
Installation TypeFully assembled

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