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Reader request - headboard-less beds

Today's reader request comes from Jenny: "Hi, can I do a request for a post on beds without headboards? I just got rid of my giant, oppressive headboard and I'm trying to style my room with my bed having just the Hollywood frame, but I need some inspiration. Thanks!" I too am a big fan of the simplicity of headboard-less beds and my bedroom is currently sporting this style. These photos should hopefully give anyone currently new at the headboard-less bed situation ideas on how to spruce up the bed without a potential monstrosity behind the pillows stealing the show.

Murdock Young
Nuevo Estilo
Per Magnus Persson
Riddarfjärden Fastighetsmäkleri
Hus & Hem
Pernilla Hed
Elle Decor
Apartment Therapy
Sköna hem
Siv Kraft
Marie Claire Maison
Marie Claire Maison
Living Etc.
Light Locations

Bolig Magasinet Sköna hem
Bolig Magasinet Jordi Canosa
Hus & Hem LoftLife Magazine

Reader Comments (17)

This was great to see. I actually prefer no headboards, and all of these were so inspiring!

7 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

...this is when I am so tired of me and my man sleeping on an old bed for one person. :/

7 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane

I went for a head-board-less bed in my guest room (which is still a work in progress).
I like the look too. Especially with large artwork above the bed. But for my bedroom I designed a huge headboard my grandfather welded for me.
(http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.com/2011/01/such-square.html). So I guess I like that look too!
Thanks for the great photos. Such gorgeous rooms-so inspirational.

7 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTany


i posted some unique headboards on my blog a bit back if you want some different ideas :)


7 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraudrey marie

I'm from Finland and I don't think the headboard is a Finnish thing because not one of my friends or family has ever had a headboard.

7 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPia

I'm curious how you deal with the bed moving away from the wall when sitting up in bed. That's the only reason I want a headboard!

7 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

AAAH! We just did this in our bedroom! We ended up getting a new and larger mattress after moving into a space with a darker shade of paint than we prefer. Instead of repainting or compensating with and committing to a specific headboard, we've gone without. Minimalized the bedding and added huge framed Thai temple rubbings above the bed. Switched out some lamp shades and it's like we have a whole vibe. This post confirms what I thought might have been a kooky thought process. *whew*

Lots of inspiration here. I too am a fan of the headboard-less look. It especially works for me when there is a large painting near the bed - it doesn't just have to be in the middle. I haven't had a headboard in years having lived in such small spaces, but I must admit I've never really understood the function of it.

7 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

I suffer from tiny room syndrome but didn't want to give up the king-size bed. Doing without a headboard bought a few important inches. Instead, I covered stretcher frames with fabric and hung them over the bed, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandiv999/3035467299/in/photostream/

7 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandi V.

It's a traddition in my family ! I don't remember having a bed with headboard in all my growing years . Well, i guess it started out as one of the money saving tricks with bed ( it cost extra ), and i'm glad to see that it had evolved into a kind of design trend.

8 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKris

You've found some terrific examples - lovely bedding, lovely rooms!

8 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

great inspirations. so many to choose from. tnx!

8 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbetty-bits

Some of these photographs make me want to rush right out, buy velveteen, stitch a quilt and jump straight back into bed!

8 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCussot

Just can't get into the headboard-less beds. It looks like HS/College dorm beds where Ikea was the standard along with two milk crates and a plank. Headboards make/break a bed. To not have one seems to convey "I can't afford one" in the look.

8 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Thanks for some great inspiration! I don't have a headboard either, mainly because I couldn't decide which one to choose... Now I'm thinking of painting the wall behind the bed in black, but only "headboard height".

10 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna G.

I was without a headboard for years-not by choice-and I found that the wall behind the bed got really dirty from hair, hands, etc. I've learned that I prefer one.

10 Jan 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

All of them are divine!
I love the first Hus and Hem...


6 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika

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