Headboards! We’ve all seen them and some of us may even have them, but have you ever stopped to think why they actually exist and whether you should have one.
Historically a headboard was designed to create a barrier from the cold for sleepers in less insulated buildings. Nowadays there are three main reasons headboards are used; aesthetics, support and Feng Shui.
Sometimes if you have a simple bed without a headboard it can look quite stark against the wall. It helps soften this starkness and make the bed look more inviting and more of a focal point in a room. If you have a fabric headboard you can match or complement the fabric on your curtains which helps tie all the elements of the room together.
A headboard can be ideal for sitting up against in bed and protecting your back from a cold wall. It can also be cushioned which makes it comfortable to lean against when sitting up.
The definition of Feng Shui is (in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi), and whose favourable or unfavourable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings. One of the most common Feng Shui suggestions is to have a headboard. It is said to create the sense of a strong and stable mountain at your back when sleeping. It is also suggested to increase intimacy and connection.
Some other reasons that you may consider a headboard could be for added storage within the headboard, to protect the wall from sweat and marks or to keep your pillows in place.