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The Different Upholstered Trims And Headboards

Read our blog post on The Different Upholstered Trims And Headboards from Bed Guru the online sleep specialists.

21st June, 2018
by Carl Walsh

Clean, simple ‘Scandi’ design may still be popular, but making its way back up the popularity stakes is upholstered beds. This classic style has spent a few years in the doldrums, seen as a throwback to the 1970s and ‘80s. However, just like any other kind of fashion, interior designs go in circles, and today you’ll find that upholstered trims and headboards, as well as upholstered bed frames, are very much back in fashion.

Why have people suddenly embraced upholstered trims again? The main reason is that we’ve suddenly remembered just how good they look, whether you’re planning on creating a traditional ‘boudoir’ with a touch of opulence, or a super-sophisticated modern look using a limited palette of colours, and some bold statement pieces. Upholstery trims and headboards add a touch of elegance to your room, giving you a large, key feature from which to create your overall décor. The bed is the largest piece of furniture in the bedroom – it dominates the space and is the focal point of the room as soon as you step through the door. It makes sense, then, to use it to its fullest advantage, and really make it into a key design element that locks all the other aspects of your room together.

Classic look bedroom

This means picking up on fabrics used to upholster the bed and echoing them in the curtains and soft furnishings throughout the room. Contemporary colours such as this season’s must-have dove grey or muted eggshell blue can be replicated in the paint or wallpaper. The alternative is a neutral room with a bold pop of colour provided by a rich wine upholstered headboard, a deep forest green, or even a stop-you-in-your-tracks purple or print.

With a whole colour palette to choose from, the next decision is to choose the type of fabric you want on your upholstered trim. The two most common – velvet and faux leather – add a touch of opulence to any room. They’re also robust, although of the two the faux leather will be easier to clean. However, modern headboards can also incorporate panels of boldly patterned material with a plain or buttoned surround, to give it a fresh feel. Why not go all out and have a tartan centrepiece, or go for a bold floral print?

Studs, buttons and that ‘cushioned’ look

Buttons are traditionally used as part of the design on upholstered headboards. Not only do they look stylish, but they have a very useful practical application, too. They stop the material covering the headboard from sagging over time, as well as creating a soft ‘3D’ look that adds to the glamorous overall look. A fully traditional look can be completed with side boards (such as the York style), which creates a cosy environment and also gives you even more support if you like sitting up in bed and reading.

Modern bedroom

Trims finishing the look

Trims can range from a contrasting piping or braiding to a more minimalist look. With over 75 different colours to choose from, the combinations of trims and upholstered fabrics is huge and is bound to suit any colour palette or interior design.


It’s not just double beds that look good with an upholstered headboard and trim. With a wide range of sizes on offer, from a standard UK single to a king-size bed and even special bespoke options, you can find an upholstered headboard and trim to fit any combination. Before you order your head board, make sure you have the exact dimensions of your bed so that your head board is guaranteed to fit. Most beds fall into a set of standard UK and EU sizes, but there are other special sizes such as wide singles and short super kings that may mean you have to have a custom headboard made to fit.

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