Good or Bad Decorating Decision? {upholstered headboards}

Sometimes we make design and decorating decisions that we end up regretting. Take the chocolate brown leather ottoman I purchased for my family room 5 years ago. First of all, I’m usually not a fan of leather because I find it cold in the winter and sticky in the summer. Secondly, the color seemed a bit dark for my style. However, I thought it would be durable and it was a bargain. Within a few months I wanted to send it back and it taught me valuable lessons- don’t let price be the deciding factor and go with initial instincts (originally I was looking at a square button-tufted ottoman in blue-green fabric and to this day I wish I had it!). Eventually I’ll sell my ottoman and replace it with something I love, but I have other projects on the go that take precedence.

In contrast, one of the best purchases I made several years ago was an upholstered headboard (inspired by the PB Jameson) for our bedroom. I had it custom made by a mattress maker who charged me less than what it would’ve cost to make my own. The piping detail was something I didn’t think I could get right on my own and I wanted something solid that would last. It was one of those no-brainer purchases! If someone asked me if I’d do it again, my answer would definitely be “Yes!” The only thing I’m considering changing after 6 years is the fabric and that is as easy as making a slipcover (which will be part of another post).

{via Pottery Barn}

Upholstered headboards add softness and warmth to a room that you can’t get with wood. I like to read in bed, so it’s definitely the best option for me. I also love the fact that the options for shape, fabric, size and detailing are unlimited. The best part is they’re fairly easy to construct for the DIY-er and can be changed up down the road.

If you’re considering an upholstered headboard for yourself, or if you already have one and want to change it up a bit, here are some options that I definitely think are good decorating decisions.

{via Kerrisdale Design}

{via Horchow}

{via Pinterest}

{via Adore Magazine}

{via Pinterest}

Do you have any decorating decisions you regret making? What have you knocked out of the park? I’d love to hear about the good, the bad and the ugly!

Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

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  1. says

    Visiting from Serenity Now! And wow it sounds like you took the words out of my life. Exactly 5 years ago we bought dark brown leather furniture and I hate it it’s soooo cold. We all hate sitting on it. My best purchase ever was my high end upholstered headboard that is inset into a wooden frame, it’s a king bed frame wit a low profile wooden frame and footboard if that makes since.   I love it so much I re-created a cost effective upholstered headboard for my son for let’s just say quite a bit less. I’ll be making another one soon out of a crib for my two year old so stay tuned. Lesley

  2. says

    I love all the beautiful headboards you show here, especially that striped one- I just pinned it. I so agree with you about not making purchases based on price. So many times I’ve made that mistake, and then ended up with something that I’ve kept for maybe a few months (hating it the whole time) and then either given away (or thrown away!) or just shoved into a box and forgotten about. My favorite things in my home are the ones that I bought based purely on instinct, because I loved them. And now it’s not like I ever look at them and even remember what they cost because to me they are priceless. I am all about saving money when decorating, but sometimes only the original (not a diy’d version and not a cheapo version) will do. 

  3. says

    Great post! Love the rounded edge headboard via Adore Magagzine! We started Heady Bed a couple of years ago because we saw a need for more unique upholstered headboard options. Check us out if you have time!

    • says

      Hi Angela, I had our headboard made by Halstead (Deerfoot Meadows). That was 5 or 6 years ago so you’ll have to check and see if they’re still doing headboards and what their prices are like. Good luck!

      • Angela Price says

        Thanks Shauna! If it is out of my price range than my Husband and I will be making a daybed out of old doors that I have stored at the farm. I was hoping to keep those to make a couple of head boards this summer though. 

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