Buying Guide for Wall-Mounted Headboards
Why buy a wall-mounted headboard?
Wall-mounted headboards, also known as floating headboards, can be hung anywhere because they aren’t tethered to your bed frame. You can mount a headboard behind your bed, above your couch, or behind your desk for added textural interest. You can go classic by mounting it behind your bed for added cushion and support. Or you can get creative by mounting it in your living room, office, or dining room for a modern design element. You can also modernize your living space with floating bookshelves or add a natural touch with lush houseplants.
What should you look for in wall-mounted headboards?
- Style: Wall-mounted headboards come in diverse styles, from sleek and minimalist headboards to shabby chic headboards for a more bohemian feel to elegant and grand, ornate headboards. Choosing the best style for your living space depends on your tastes.
- Material: Picking a headboard made of skin-friendly materials is essential if you’re going to be placing it behind your bed frame. Most wall-mounted headboards are made of natural materials like wood, but some are made of luxurious leather or more affordable materials that are soft to the touch, like polyester. These materials are great options to add textural interest to any room.
- Dimensions: Choosing a headboard that fits your room’s dimensions. Generally, you want to measure your bed and wall before purchasing a headboard for a custom fit. If you’re opting to display your wall-mounted headboard above your tv, desk, or couch, it’s also essential to measure those items for a curated look. If you live in a smaller home or apartment, you may want to opt for a smaller headboard and avoid large pieces that may overwhelm the space.
How do you mount a headboard?
Wall-mounted headboards are incredibly simple to place. When mounting a floating headboard, you want to make sure it is level before placing it. After you’re happy with the placement, you need to anchor the headboard to the wall using a drill and screws for a secure fit. This usually requires at least two people, so it’s recommended to have a friend who will help you attach the headboard to the wall.
Our Picks for the Best Wall-Mounted Headboards
Nathan James Harlow Wall-Mount Headboard
An affordable headboard that adds a contemporary touch to any room.
Pros: This heather-gray headboard comes complete with faux leather straps for a vintage-inspired look. It’s optimized to fit twin-, queen-and king-sized beds and is available in seven classic colors. It’s adjustable for a customized fit and features two soft panels that you can lean on for comfort and support. It’s lightweight and takes about 30 minutes to assemble. It’s made of skin-friendly polyester fabric, and you can opt to hang it with or without the included suspension rail for a more minimalist look.
Cons: This headboard can be challenging to assemble. It may also have a chemical odor when you unbox it.
Bottom Line: This affordable headboard is modern while retaining its vintage-inspired charm. It’s soft, lightweight, and is an understated statement piece that will complement any room.
Vänt Upholstered Wall Panels
A grand yet affordable headboard that's optimized with noise-reduction technology.
Pros: This large headboard is sleek and modern and makes a great statement piece. It’s available in 30 or 39 inches and comes in almost 30 timeless colors. Each purchase includes four panels with 11.5 x 39 inches for a total height of 46 inches and all of the hardware required for assembly. It’s designed to fit twin-, queen-and king-sized beds but can also be mounted on any wall. All of the screws included are anchorless so that they won’t damage your wall. The panels are also soundproof and optimized for noise reduction, so this headboard is great for bedrooms, studios, or offices.
Cons: This headboard can be challenging to assemble. You may also need more than one box to fit the proportions of a king bed.
Bottom Line: This soundproof headboard is large, so it will instantly elevate your home decor with its modern aesthetic, but it’s simple enough not to clash with your other furniture.
Prepac Series 9 Designer Floating Headboard with Nightstands
A floating headboard with drawers that display alarm clocks, lamps, plants, and books with ease.
Pros: This minimalist headboard is perfect for those who love timeless simplicity. It can fit a queen- or king-sized bed and is available in black and brown colors. It’s been finished in black laminate that’s sleek and durable. It can also be mounted at any height with its innovative hanging rail technology. It has convenient built-in nightstands that have been optimized to safely hold your phone or laptop charger wires and other items. It’s also crafted with laminated composite woods for structure and sturdiness.
Cons: This headboard is made with lightweight, laminate wood, so it’s not as sturdy as reinforced wood.
Bottom Line: This adjustable headboard merges sleek durability with functionality. It can be mounted at any height and has built-in nightstands.
Barn Walls Multicolored Collection Solid-Wood Floating Panel Headboard
A rustic headboard with a weathered, vintage feel for a cottage bohemian vibe.
Pros: This floating headboard will perfectly suit your style if you love shabby-chic bohemian vibes. It comes in sizes that will fit any bed, including twin, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. It comes in 15 beautiful colors and is built with a combination of brush-painted, stained, and weathered wood. It’s also constructed of individual panels as easy to hang as a picture frame. It’s made with real solid wood that’s sturdy and sealed with polyurethane for additional water resistance.
Cons: Each panel is brush-painted and unique so that the colors may vary. The staining process may also result in a chemical odor that must be aired out before installation.
Bottom Line: This farmhouse floating headboard is made with real, thick wood treated for style and durability.
Queen-Size Boho Carved Wood Bed Headboard
An ornate floating headboard that adds character, beauty, and charm to any living space.
Pros: Elegant and ornate, this hand-carved headboard functions as a stunning art piece. It has dimensions of 60 x 60 x 0.7 inches, consisting of three panels of 20 inches each that are perfect for fitting a queen bed. It’s constructed with reclaimed teak wood with a beautiful earth tone. It also features a 3D pattern of lotus blooms and vines that have been carved by hill-tribe artisans in Northern Thailand, so it’s stunning and one of a kind.
Cons: This headboard can be a bit tricky to install. It may also have an odor from the wood staining.
Bottom Line: This gorgeous headboard makes a stunning statement piece. You can opt to hang it behind your bed as a traditional headboard or hang it in any room as a stand-alone piece of art.
Wall-mounted or floating headboards are a modern alternative to conventional headboards attached to your bed frame. Floating headboards are versatile and convenient as they can be used as a traditional headboard or hung in any room as a statement art piece.