Good Questions: Headboard or no Headboard?

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Hello AT,

Welcome to my bedroom. Take your shoes off. Dream with me a while.

The only logical place for my ordinary platform bed is under a leaded glass window that opens up to the living room. (The picture makes it look like I have tall ceilings, but I’m just standing on a chair.)

Any good suggestions for a headboard that is both simple and tasteful, doesn’t look “homemade,” and doesn’t fight with the window?? ...

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The top of the mattress is a mere 26” below the bottom of the window frame. If it’s any help, these boards framing the window can probably be replaced with molding for a more finished look.

One condition: The bed cannot come out too much farther from the wall because the clearance between the foot of the bed and the opposite wall (actually a radiator and windows) is already quite narrow.

Thanks, Apartment Therapists!


Dear Stampy,

For some strange reason headboards cost more money than we think they should and we haven't found a cheap source yet. That said, the best, affordable, least offensive solution we've seen is at Pottery Barn. They have a pretty wide selection, but our favorite is the Lewis Headboard, which comes in multiple slipcovers.

Anyone else??

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.