Wraparound Headboards: The Sexy, Unusual Bedroom Detail We Love

published May 25, 2017
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(Image credit: The Dean)

There’s something I really love about an upholstered headboard. It’s like a headboard that wants to be a pillow. Come, it says. Sit here. Lean on me. So of course I was delighted to find this photo of a bed from Dublin’s Dean hotel, which has an upholstered headboard that wraps all the way around the bed, to encase you in coziness while you sleep, or when you wake up.

The padded beds appear in the hotel’s Mod Pod rooms, which at 136 square feet, are quite small. The wraparound headboard is, in fact, a great setup for a small space, giving the bed a couch-like quality that encourages multiple uses.

(Image credit: Med et lekent sinn)

You may have already noted that a headboard like the one above, which wraps around three sides of the bed, is really only possible if your bed is tucked into a little nook like the one above. But you can also create a headboard that wraps two sides of a bed placed in a corner, for much the same effect. Want to get the look? This project is actually a DIY, from Ann Sandy of Med et Lekent Sinn.

(Image credit: Glamour Nest)

In this photo from Glamour Nest, the wraparound headboard actually serves a very practical function: keeping the pint-sized occupant of this pint-sized bedroom from whacking himself on the wall.

(Image credit: House & Garden)

And now for something a little bit different: a bedroom from House & Garden with a wraparound headboard that wraps not just the bed, but the nightstand too. Talk about an embrace! You still get the same cozy effect, but with the advantage that it’s much easier to make the bed.

(Image credit: 1st Dibs)

In this California home spotted on 1st Dibs, a bed fits neatly into a little nook thanks to a wraparound headboard in the most beautiful blush pink suede. The tiny shelf that serves as the nightstand looks to be built into the headboard. It’s both incredibly stylish and incredibly cozy—exactly what you would want in a bedroom.