Sold on its own, a headboard gives us the versatility to add style and character to our existing bed – perfect if we can’t live without that double divan with its copious hidden storage.

When draped in layers of luxury bedding, all that’s visible is the bedhead anyway, so why not plump for practicality in the bed and mattress department and invest in a statement headboard as a finishing touch that puts form over function?

A beautiful headboard not only finishes a bed but it can add an arresting focal point to the room, which is why we’ve included some dramatic pieces in our roundup for inspiration.

When it comes to size, style and materials, choosing the right headboard for you is entirely personal.

Whether you’re going for a minimal Scandi influenced look with pale wood, or an altogether grander affair in rich buttoned velvet, there’s a headboard to suit your interiors style.

Measure up properly before you buy and ensure the headboard fittings will work with your bed.

Look for adjustable leg struts so you can change the overall height depending on the depth of your mattress.

Some headboards boast a pillowstop – an additional upholstered section that sits behind the mattress to provide a tight fitting.

Ideally you want a headboard that allows your bed to be positioned flush against the wall and this will, in turn, ensure it’s kept snugly in place.

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House Additions Richmond upholstered headboard: £61.99, Wayfair

In a choice of eight muted tones including purple, charcoal, orchid and sand – and with five sizes available from single up to super king – this is one classic looking headboard that belies its affordable price. It fits snugly to any bed, and flush against the wall, with adjustable leg struts that allow you to play with height. Upholstered in a hardwearing polyester blend fabric, and finished with an attractive nailhead trim, it makes hotel style luxury wholly accessible.

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Cuckooland Teak & Handwoven leather headboard: £395, Cuckooland

This statement headboard is full of rustic charm. At 154cm wide it’s designed to fit a king-size divan bed and offers a handsome craft-driven alternative to the conventional. Its soft but durable leather strips – handwoven onto a natural teak frame – is multi-toned, awarding it a visual texture that changes as the light moves around. Super sturdy, but with a supportive cushioning effect, this bedhead finds an appealing middle ground between the solid and the soft.

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The Headboard Workshop Double Puffin headboard: from £429, The Headboard Workshop

You can trust a brand whose raison d’être is headboards to come up with the goods when choosing a beautiful new bedhead. Puffin is just one of the many styles on offer here, from traditional to contemporary. There’s also the full gamut of sizes available from single all the way up to emperor, and we loved the versatility that brings. Choose from an extensive collection of luxe fabrics and finishes, or choose your own material to make your made-to-order headboard truly bespoke.

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Cozy Living Maria upholstered velvet super king headboard: £599, Cuckooland

We enjoyed the juxtaposition of the army green colour with the plush velvet texture in this headboard – proof that when it comes to velvet, you simply cannot escape the glamour. Also available in chic rouge and soft, muted cole, it is a statement piece that adds drama to the bedroom with its impressive height. Made from 100 per cent velvet polyester with a buttoning detail, it also offers a contemporary take on the traditional, and we loved its imposing presence.

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Ikea Delaktig rattan headboard (standard king): £106, Ikea

Continuing the indoor rattan trend that brings a laid-back bohemia to our living spaces, this naturally textured bedhead is part of Ikea’s irresistible collaboration with Brit designer Tom Dixon. Its simple modern shaping gives way to the natural material, intricately woven and allowed to shine in its organic form – there’s no doubt this headboard will age beautifully. But preserved in a clear acrylic lacquer coating, it’ll stay smooth to the touch.

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Next quinn headboard: from £75, Next

From single up to super king size, and in a choice of three shades – blush, navy and steel – this opulent velvet headboard marries clean minimalist lines with a luxurious feel, giving you the best of both worlds. We loved its oblong shaping, which awards the bedhead a lightness of form while its vertical panels add inviting texture. You can easily attach this affordable headboard to any bed and instantly up the luxe without breaking the bank.

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Perch & Parrow Rebecca Oak 4'6“ double headboard: £230, Perch & Parrow

This solid oak headboard boasts Scandinavian design roots. Like all the best Scandi furniture, it brings an instant calm to the bedroom with the natural grain of the pale wood on full show. In form, the headboard is not unlike that of a Victorian hospital bed with its curved edges and slender spindles, only adding to its character. Also available in king and super king sizes, and with easily adjustable fittings, it sits sturdy on any bed, despite its delicate appearance.

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Cox & Cox Chevron Oak headboard: from £225, Cox & Cox

Another Scandi-inspired piece that celebrates the natural patina of its pale blonde oak is this new addition from Cox & Cox. The headboard forms part of a wider range of Nordic influenced furniture in which the organic wood grain is cleverly matched in zigzags to create a striking chevron effect. And it is a thing of beauty. Available in double and king sizes, it’s a clean-lined piece that sits flush against the wall – allowing us to add a slice of Scandi chic to our ever-so-ordinary divan.

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KD Loves Isabella headboard: from £1,200, KD Loves

For big spenders in the bedroom, KD Loves presents bespoke statement headboards that are all about the drama. A maximalist’s dream, these plush bedheads look best in heavily patterned and richly textured fabrics. Once you’ve chosen your headboard shape, make your selection from luxury linens and opulent contrasting velvets. Add embellishments such as piping and studding, and the design team will get to work on your dream headboard. We loved being part of the design process, making the end product extra special.

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The verdict: Headboards

We were impressed with House Additions’ Richmond Upholstered Headboard for its luxe hotel look at a surprisingly affordable price; even in super king size it comes in at under £135. Upholstered in durable fabric and finished with a smart nailhead trim, it brings a timeless elegance to the bedroom. But if you’re after something a little more bespoke, you can’t go wrong with a statement headboard from KD Loves or the more affordable Headboard Workshop.

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