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The Best Headboards for Your Queen Bed

Not all beds come with a built-in headboard. Some more lightweight and understated bed frames don’t have a board at the head or foot, as this makes them more portable, less expensive, or easier to assemble, fold up, and pack away. Headboard-less bed frames are perfectly suited to the task and may even be the right choice for someone at a given point in their life. As times and circumstances change, however, someone with a headboard-less bed frame may want to upgrade. Rather than purchasing a new bed frame altogether, they may prefer to purchase and attach a new headboard alone. Separate headboards are also a good option for anyone who wants a bed frame that is more customizable or can’t find an entire frame that fits their style or aesthetic. If you have a queen-sized bed you want to buy a headboard for, here are a few we recommend.

What to Consider in Queen-Sized Headboards

Here are a few things to think about before buying a queen bed headboard:

  • Material: If you want a durable, long-lasting headboard, look for a wooden or metal model. Both materials are strong and sturdy and will hold up well, and you can match them to your frame if it’s made of wood or metal. The other common choice is a headboard upholstered with some kind of fabric, which will be soft and comfy to sit or lean against. Look for a natural fabric like cotton or linen if you want a textile with a tight weave or organic, anti-microbial properties. Synthetic fabrics like polyester offer better resistance to wear and tear, stains, and fading. Velvet upholstery is extremely plush and luxurious and more durable than you’d expect. Note that regardless of the type of fabric, an upholstered headboard will always need to be cleaned more frequently and will take more time to clean than wood or metal.
  • Color: The color of your headboard will be somewhat dependent on the material you choose. Metals are usually black or gray, while wood tends to come in various shades of brown or neutral colors like beige, white, black, and gray. You may be able to paint some wooden models in your preferred color. Upholstered fabric headboards will offer a much wider range of colors and hues, though it can still be a bit harder to find multicolored or patterned options.
  • Style: You’re going to want to match your queen bed headboard to the aesthetic and style of your room. A curvy or wavy shape might be better suited to a light, airy look, while something with sharp corners and sleek lines will probably be better fitted to more modern or minimalist decor. They can be flat, cushioned, or tufted depending on their make and material. Some fabric headboards may have rows or lines or buttons or metal embellishments as an extra decorative touch. And even though you’ll obviously need to pick a queen-sized headboard for a queen bed, the height can vary. Consider the space that’s available in your room and if you want something bigger and eye-catching or smaller and more subtle.

Best Metal Model: Zinus Jessica Modern Studio Headboard

The great thing about metal headboards is that they’re often so simple that they’ll match a number of different decor styles. This queen bed headboard is made of solid steel, durable and steady as can be. If you’re someone who wants the sturdiness of a metal headboard, but you also like to prop yourself up against it while reading or watching TV, never fear. This model has two rows of foam-padded upholstery, so you have a soft spot to lean up against without sacrificing the integrity of the strength of the steel. The upholstery can be gray or taupe in color. If you don’t like the two bars of padded foam, there are two alternate styles available: a vertical banded design or a square decorated with tufted buttons.

Best Metal Model

Zinus Jessica Modern Studio Upholstered Metal Headboard, Queen

A simple, square queen headboard made of steel and lined with padded foam to provide durability and comfort together.

Most Adjustable: ZINUS Trina Upholstered Headboard

If you want to add an upholstered headboard to your queen bed, you can’t go wrong with this rectangular model and its classic button-tufted design. The fabric is 100% polyester, comfortable to the touch, more durable, and easier to clean than textiles like linen or cotton. The fabric isn’t the only part of this headboard that’s durable. It’s wrapped around a wooden frame and attached to steel legs in order to provide you with longer service life. There are three pre-drilled sets of holes that allow you to adjust the headboard’s height to three different levels. Regardless of the height you pick, it will fit any standard-sized queen bed frame. All hardware, tools, and instructions for installation come included with your purchase. It’s available with light gray or taupe fabric.

Most Adjustable

ZINUS Trina Upholstered Headboard / Button Tufted Upholstery / Adjustable Height / Easy Assembly, Taupe, Queen

A queen headboard made of wood upholstered with durable, easy-to-clean fabric, that can be adjusted between three different heights.

Most Color Options: Flash Furniture Tufted Upholstered Headboard

Besides their softness, the biggest advantage that many upholstered headboards have over other types is the number of color choices they offer. This queen panel headboard is no exception. This tufted, upholstered model is both beautiful and cozy. It’s mounted on black metal stands to hold it steady, which also have adjustable bed rail slots if you ever want to install railing on your bed. It’s available in 13 different solid colors, from neutral shades like beige and gray to bright red and plenty of others in between. If you don’t like the arched shape or tufted look, there are several alternate styles. There are seven total design options, including several square-shaped models, a nailhead trim instead of tufted buttons, and upholstery on more solid frame material. You can even buy two different colored headboards as a set.

Most Color Options

Flash Furniture Cambridge Tufted Upholstered Queen Size Headboard in Dark Gray Fabric

A tufted upholstered queen headboard available in 13 different possible colors.

Best Wooden Model: Prepac Slant-Back Bookcase Headboard

This queen headboard not only offers the sturdiness and timelessness of wood but provides extra storage space as well. At 56 inches tall and 11 inches deep, this engineered wooden headboard comes with eight storage compartments for books, bedside items like alarm clocks, lamps, or decorations. The MDF top and laminated composite finish increase the wood’s strength and durability. The back slant design gives this bookcase headboard a sleeker, sharper look while still being able to match many more classic design aesthetics. It’s also easy to care for, as all you have to do is wipe it clean with a dry cloth. This headboard comes ready to assemble and is available in a black or deep espresso brown finish.

Best Wooden Model

Prepac Tall Slant-Back Bookcase Headboard, Espresso, Full/Queen

An engineered wooden headboard with a built-in bookcase designed to fit queen beds.

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