Headboard sizes chart and dimensions guide

Headboard Sizes Chart and Dimensions Guide

Posted By Vaibhavi K on Sep 12, 2021

A headboard is a kind of furniture attached to the bed’s head. In the olden times, the main purpose of the headboard was to isolate people sleeping from drafts and cold in lesser insulated buildings. Headboards were made of a particular wood back then, which was used because they are less thermally conductive than stone or brick. Headspace prevented cold air from falling on the bed and instead allowed the cold air to fall on the floor.

Nowadays, headboard mainly serves the aesthetic but is sometimes used for practical purposes like preventing the falling of pillows. It can also be used as storage to keep books and other personal items. Since there are different sizes of beds, the sizes of the headboards depend on the size of these beds. These sizes are mentioned in the headboard size charts below.

Headboard Width

The headboard width generally depends on the size of the bed. There are four basic and very common bed sizes- The twin size, the full size, the queen size, and the king-size bed. All these beds, as mentioned above sizes are arranged in ascending order which means the twin size is the small-sized bed, and the king-size is comparatively the larger one. The second thing is the mattress dimensions, that is, the mattress that will be placed on the bed. The headboard dimensions must be put in such a way that it does not interrupt the mattress. The room in which the bed is placed must also be big enough to keep the standard-sized bed. 

Headboard size varies for different bed sizes and depends on the standard mattress size and the room the bed will be placed in. The headboard size chart is close to the approximate dimensions of the overall bed. Every bed size varies, and getting a customized bed headboard is sometimes a wise decision. The headboard sizes chart for the different types of beds is mentioned below.

Headboard Sizes Chart

Bed SIZEHeadboard Width (inches)Headboard Height (inches)MattressDimensionsRecommendedRoom Size(inches)RecommendedRoom Size(cm)
King80 inches58 inches 76 inches by 80 inches12 feet by 12 feet365.76 cm by 365.76 cm
Queen62 inches28 inches60 inches by 80 inches10 feet by 10 feet304.8 cm by 304.8 cm
Full56 inches28 inches54 inches by 75 inches10 feet by 10 feet304.8 cm by 304.8 cm
Twin41 inches14 inches38 inches by 74 inches7 feet by 10 feet213.36 cm by 304.8 cm

Headboard Height

The height of the headboard is seen from above the mattress. It is not measured from the floor. The important thing is to make sure the headboard is no longer than the bed’s height. There is no standard headboard height, it depends on the size of your bed. Usually, twin headboards height measures around 14 inches above the top of the mattress, while full and queen size headboard dimensions measures around 28 inches high, and king headboard dimensions measure around 58 inches.

The headboard size chart mentioned above has the headboard width because, without it, the bed cannot be put together properly since everything else, including the mattress dimensions, the bed size, room size, and the headboard width are dependent on each other.

Tall Headboards

Tall headboards are used in the case of king mattresses. Tall headboards go best with rooms that have ceilings that are high as they fill the space that is left between the ceiling and the floor. A tall headboard also helps in keeping your head from bumping against the plain wall when you are sitting on the bed and provides proper support to your back.  Tall headboards dimensions vary between sixty-five to seventy inches, and hence they cover almost all the length of the wall.

Low Headboards

Low headboards are used with small bed sizes like the twin-sized bed made for the kids. It also makes the room spacious. The headboard height dimensions for these are generally between ten to twelve inches from the bed’s top. This can be used for twin-sized beds in a small room.

Adjustable Headboards

Adjustable Headboards are those headboards with movable legs usually made of metal that can be moved to increase the height by moving it upwards or decreasing the height by moving it downwards. So that you can adjust the size of the headboard, they are used when the person is not sure which headboard size suits your room.

If you have a king-sized bed in a room that is small, you can adjust the headboard height to a lower height. This makes the room look spacious, and if you have a twin-sized bed in a big room, you can increase the height of the headboard so that it takes up the space.  Adjustable headboards are also useful when changing your mattress to either a thick or thin one. This is very useful as you do not have to buy a headboard when you replace your old mattress with the new one.

Different Types of Headboards

We just went through the different types of headboards based on their size. Now, there are many factors apart from the size of the headboard that plays an important role in the decision to choose a headboard for the board. One of the most important ones is the material the headboard is made through. 

Here are a few of the different types of headboards based on the material they are made of: –

1. Wooden Headboards

Wood is amongst the prominent materials which can be used to make a headboard. It gives the bed a classic yet contemporary look. Wooden headboards can be made up of a wood panel, join a few panels together, or use wood staff.

Maple, Oak, and Pine are some of the well-known types of wood used to make headboards. While some people like to use plywood because it is budget-friendly, it does not have the same durability as oak, pine, or Maplewood. Wooden headboards have a natural wood finish that looks classy, or they can be painted in shades of brown, grey, or black. Wooden Headboard can be used for platform beds or sometimes for bunk beds too. 

2. Upholstered Headboard

Upholstered Headboards are those headboards that have fine padding, which is usually made from velvet or linen. These headboards are generally used for comfort while sleeping. These elegant-looking headboards might sometimes have buttons or a nail head trim or even welding and are also available in many colors. There are many types of Upholstered Headboards available. A few of them are: –

  • Straight – These rectangular headboards have a simple structure and have a variety of prints and fabrics.
  • Tufted – Tufted Headboards have buttons arranged and stapled in rows to give the bed an elegant and suave look.
  • Wood-Framed – The headboards are framed in wood. Mostly, only the borders are framed for decorative purposes.
  • Freestanding Headboards are sold separately from the bed and can be attached to the bed frame, the wall, or the mattress. These headboards can also stand without the need to mount them on the wall.

3. Metal Headboards

These are made from metals like wrought iron, brassed aluminum, or stainless steel. They give the bed a sleek and minimalistic design and are quite affordable too. 

4. Storage Headboards

Storage Headboards give you the extra space to store your items like books, water bottles, medicines, etc. They are usually made of wood and are used when someone has platform beds. They are very thick and hence require a large room to keep them.

Do You Need a Headboard? 

As we know, headboards were designed as a kind of insulation to protect the sleepers on chilly nights. Nowadays, it is used for aesthetic and sometimes storage. And protecting your head from bumping into the wall.

It is up to you whether you want to add a headboard to the bed in your room to improve its look. There are so many options available for you to choose from. You can have an adjustable headboard, or you can have an upholstered headboard. You can choose one of them and get a headboard which is just what you need for your room.


How do you fix the gap between the headboard and the mattress?

Use a Mattress Wedge to fix the gap between the headboard and the mattress. A mattress wedge is made of foam and is needed to be fixed between the mattress and the headboard to fill in the gap between these two things.

You can even use an upholstered mattress if the gap is not that much. The upholstered headboards are thick and hence can fill up the space between the headband and the mattress.

What are the dimensions of a queen size headboard?

As given in the headboard sizes chart above, the size of a queen size headboard is 62 inches. It means that for a queen-sized bed with a mattress of 60 inches by 80 inches, the headboard needs to be approximately 62 inches to assemble the bed perfectly.

How do you measure for a headboard?

First, to measure the width of the headboard, use the measuring tape to measure from one corner of the bed to the other one. This is the width of the headboard. The estimated headboard width required for different bed sizes is given in the headboard sizes chart above.

The height of the headboard mainly depends on the size of the room and the size of the bed. If you have a large room, you can use a high headboard to use the space between the ceiling and the bed. If you have a small room and a small bed, you can go for a small height headboard. You can also get an adjustable headboard in case you are not sure what height you want your headboard to be. The adjustable headboard comes with metallic legs, which can be used to adjust the height of the headboard.

What is the average headboard height?

The average height for headboards varies according to different bed sizes. The basic rule is the same when there is a small room with a small bed, the height should not be too high and vice versa, i.e., in the case of a big room with a big bed, the height should be high enough to fill up the space between the ceiling and the bed.

Can you put a headboard on an adjustable base?

Most adjustable beds provided by top brands will allow you to attach a headboard to the adjustable base through a headboard bracket that may be included with your adjustable bed or is available to purchase separately.

What is the average price of a headboard?

It depends on the type of headboard you purchase. The material of the headboard plays an important role in the price of the headboard. The adjustable headboard, which needs metallic legs to adjust the height of the headboard, will cost comparatively more than an already heightened headboard. Any expensive and hard-to-find material like pinewood or expensive velvet will increase the price value of the headboard. If a cheap material like plywood is used, it is cheaper than the expensive ones. 

Generally, the price can range from 150 dollars for something basic and can cost up to an estimated 2000 dollars and above for a high-quality headboard. You can even get a customized headboard according to your liking, and it can go above your budget. A well-balanced budget and good design can get you the headboard you want for your bed.