Beds have been around for thousands of years, so you'd think that we had pretty much seen everything, design-wise. But that's where you'd be wrong. After the invention of rolled steel made modern bedframes possible, the design of the bed really took off. On a modern bed, the headboard is not so much a part of the bed's construction as a statement that introduces the bed to the world. It anchors the bed in the room, gives it prominence, makes it a comforting feature. So it is, perhaps, unsurprising that there's a recent trend towards making headboards bigger and bigger. I, for one, am all for it. Let's take a look.
Above: An oversize velvet headboard by Heatherly Design makes a big, luxurious statement, ensuring that the bed is the focal point of this bedroom.
This plywood headboard from Homepolish cleverly wraps around to incorporate a built-in nightstand. We'd imagine this would be a great solution for a small space dweller as you can custom-size the headboard to exactly what you need.
In this bedroom from Casa de Valentina, the headboard stretches all the way across the room, almost like an upholstered wainscot.
This oversized brass headboard, in a room from Planete Deco, draws the eye and adds a bit of shine to a dark, moody bedroom.
I guess the second headboard in this bedroom from AD Magazine is technically just a screen placed behind the bed, but the effect is of a large, imposing headboard that envelops the bed and the surrounding nightstands—a look that manages to be both dramatic and cozy.
This comfy, plush headboard is part of a bedroom spotted on Stories. It looks like a giant pillow—don't you just want to lean against it and curl up with a good book?
From Architectural Digest, here's a plush headboard that wraps all the way around the sides of a small nook, to envelop the sleeper in coziness (and also incorporate a small nightstand, too).