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Top 10 Best Headboards in the UK 2021

A new headboard is a brilliant way to upgrade your sleeping arrangement and the right choice can really tie your room together. Originally, headboards were created as a barrier against draughts to keep sleepers insulated during the night, but these days they serve an aesthetic purpose as well as helping to make your bed more comfortable.


Just like with any furniture purchase, 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 available at John Lewis and Argos. Whether you're after a single velvety-soft upholstered option, a king-sized rattan product, or a simple wooden board for your double bed, we've got you covered! Get ready to catch some serious Zzzs...

  • Last updated: 21-05-2021
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How to Choose a Headboard in the UK - Buying Guide

Before buying a headboard, there are some important things to consider to make sure you choose the best one for your needs. After all, it's a purchase that should stay with you for a long time, so you'll want to make sure it's one that you're totally happy with.

Which Style of Headboard Best Suits Your Room?

There are many different styles of headboards out there but in this guide, we'll focus on the ones that are the most popular and widely available. Read on to learn about the three main types you'll come across, including their pros and cons.

Full-Depth Headboards Bring Maximum Stability but Are Expensive

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 and brings a lot of stability - and a new lease of life - to your bed. 


Since full-depth headboards come in all kinds of sumptuous shades and fabrics, 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 those in small apartments or houses with a narrow staircase.

Headboards Mounted on Struts or Poles Are Lightweight but Require Partial Assembly

A strutted headboard, which is 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!

Cushioned Panel Headboards Bring Cosiness to Your Boudoir

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


Whichever style you prefer, we've included various types of panel headboards in our list and there's one to suit every kind of bedroom!

Select a Material That Looks Good and Feels Right

Alongside the aesthetic style, another crucial thing to consider is the material that your headboard is made from. In this section, we'll run through the most common materials you'll come across when shopping for a headboard online.

Upholstered Headboards Are by Far the Most Popular Option

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.

Traditional Wooden Slatted Headboards Are Reliable but Not Particularly Comfy

Traditional Wooden Slatted Headboards Are Reliable but Not Particularly Comfy

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 Rattan for a Style Statement That Brings Pizazz

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.

Check That Your Chosen Headboard Will Fit Your Bed Perfectly

Check That Your Chosen Headboard Will Fit Your Bed Perfectly

You may have only considered a headboard if you own a double bed, but it's actually possible to find suitable options for any snooze station - from a single all the way up to super king-size! Whether you're living in a small space or looking to buy for a child, there are plenty of affordable single headboards around.


Bigger sizes are completely catered for across most sites too, so you'll never need to compromise on style! Just make sure to choose exactly the right size product for your bed - although it can be tempting to size down in order to save money, a headboard that's too small won't be as comfy and may not fit the divan base.

Determine Which Installation Type Will Work for You

Determine Which Installation Type Will Work for You

As we mentioned earlier, most full-depth headboards come fully assembled - so apart from transporting it from your front door to the right spot in your bedroom, there shouldn't be any extra labour required. 


If you're going for a strutted headboard, however, there's likely to be some self-assembly needed. Those who don't have many tools or who will be putting it together alone should therefore opt for a product that states "minimal assembly" in order to get the job done quickly.

Top 10 Best Headboards in the UK

Now you're clear on all of the most important aspects of choosing a headboard, it's time to show you our favourites. With gorgeous options from Habitat, Silentnight, and John Lewis & Partners, you'll be sure to get plenty of beauty sleep!

10

HabitatMerak Rattan Kingsize Headboard

£200.00

StyleMounted on poles
MaterialRattan
SizeKing-size
Installation TypeFully assembled
9

TempurThornby Full-Depth Headboard

£720.00

StyleFull-depth
MaterialChipboard, softwood, fabric
SizeSuper king-size
Installation TypePartial self-assembly required
8

ANYDAY John Lewis & PartnersWilton Double Headboard

£99.00

StyleMounted on struts
MaterialPine, rubberwood
SizeDouble
Installation TypeFully assembled
7

ANYDAY John Lewis & PartnersBonn Upholstered Headboard

£99.00

StyleMounted on struts
MaterialPine, rubberwood, polyester, foam
SizeKing size
Installation TypePartial self-assembly required
6

HabitatTribeca Single Headboard

£80.00

StyleMounted on struts
MaterialFaux leather, powder coated metal
SizeSingle
Installation TypeMinimal assembly
5

VispringCeres Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard

£645.00

StyleFull-depth
MaterialFSC certified chipboard, MDF, polyester
SizeDouble
Installation TypePartial self-assembly required
4

SilentnightMilan Small Double Headboard

£95.00

StyleMounted on struts
Material-
SizeSmall double
Installation TypeMinimal assembly
3

Argos HomeBircham Single Headboard

£100.00

StyleMounted on struts
Material-
SizeSingle
Installation TypeMinimal assembly
2

John Lewis & PartnersRouen Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard

£299.00

StyleFull-depth
MaterialChipboard, polyester
SizeDouble
Installation TypeFully assembled
1

SilentnightSleep Genius Full-Height Double Headboard

£259.00

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

Compare the Best Headboards

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1
Silentnight Sleep Genius Full-Height Double Headboard 1

Silentnight

2
John Lewis & Partners Rouen Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard 1

John Lewis & Partners

3
Argos Home Bircham Single Headboard 1

Argos Home

4
Silentnight Milan Small Double Headboard 1

Silentnight

5
Vispring Ceres Full-Depth Upholstered Headboard 1

Vispring

6
Habitat Tribeca Single Headboard 1

Habitat

7
ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners Bonn Upholstered Headboard 1

ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners

8
ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners Wilton Double Headboard 1

ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners

9
Tempur Thornby Full-Depth Headboard 1

Tempur

10
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

Bonn Upholstered Headboard

Wilton Double Headboard

Thornby Full-Depth Headboard

Merak Rattan Kingsize Headboard

Features

Made in the UK From FSC-Certified Wood

A Luxurious Upholstered Option With a Linen Feel

A Beautiful Panel Board That's Adjustible Too

Comfort and Convenience at a Great Price

Handmade in the UK From High-Quality Materials

A Contemporary Take On Industrial Styling

Well-Padded for the Ultimate in Comfort

A Traditional-Style, Wooden Slatted Headboard

Stylish, British-Made, and Super King-Size

A Monochromatic Statement Piece for Your Bedroom

Price£259.00£299.00£100.00£95.00£645.00£80.00£99.00£99.00£720.00£200.00
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 metalPine, rubberwood, polyester, foamPine, rubberwoodChipboard, softwood, fabricRattan
SizeDoubleDoubleSingleSmall doubleDoubleSingleKing sizeDoubleSuper 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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Turn Your Bedroom Into a Truly Relaxing Space

Turn Your Bedroom Into a Truly Relaxing Space

Purchasing a headboard can really make you consider the other things you can do to make your bedroom as relaxing as possible. Check out our other articles for products that'll help to create a soothing space you'll love spending time in.

Summary

So, you've reached the end of our guide to the best headboards out there, and by this point you're probably feeling ready for a slumber party! Here's hoping you've found a dreamy headboard on our list to spend the night with. 

Author: Melanie McPhail

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