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Bedroom Ideas 2021: Think Headboards

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It’s that time of the year again.


There were so many things that you wanted to do in 2020, but you just never got around to it.

But one thing is sure.

In the year 2020, you probably spent more time in your bedroom than any year before that. And so you might be over your bedroom and you want to change it.

That’s okay. It’s normal.

We here at The Mattress Warehouse want to help you realize that change. And if there is one word to define that change you are looking for, it’s this:


That’s right.

Most of the interior designers out there agree on this:

Headboards are what’s up. Most of the bedroom decor trends for the year 2021 are centered around that one piece of furniture.

And it makes sense if you think about it. The first thing you notice when you walk into a bedroom is the bed. And by extension, you notice the headboard, don’t you?

On the other hand, you also notice the absence of bed headboards if there aren’t any in the bedroom. Which isn’t always a bad thing. If you use the absence thereof as an art statement it is great.

But let’s be completely honest here. You have to be really great at decorating to make the absence of a headboard play in your favour.

So you’ve got some bedroom ideas

Let’s help you to shape those ideas into something worthwhile and executable.

You know that you want to change your bedroom design. However, you might not quite know exactly how you want to go ahead and affect that change. So let us guide you. The Mattress Warehouse has been decorating and refurbishing bedrooms for over a decade, so we know what we’re on about.

Thus you can believe us when we say that headboards are all the rage when it comes to bedroom decor ideas for 2021.

Okay, it is quite a broad statement. There are plenty of different styles of headboard out there. And having a headboard won’t guarantee that your room looks better. So what kind of headboard do you need to get?

Well, it seems like these are going to be the main trends:

  • The wooden headboard
  • The tufted headboard
  • The upholstered headboard

A good headboard can really make or break your bedroom. Apart from the bed itself, headboards define the observable space in a bedroom. With the right headboard, you can make your room look bigger than it is. Or you can make it look more compact, of that is your desire.

Here is what a unique bed headboard can do for your bedroom:

Wooden headboards

Bed with wooden headboard and pedestals
Rugged and natural looking wooden headboards are making a comeback in 2021

Bringing back the good ol’ times.

A wooden bed used to be the norm back in the day. Everyone had a bed with a wooden head and foot.

However, that slowly changed with the advent of steel beds.

All of a sudden, headboards were made from steel and they had gaps in the, which showed the wall behind the headboard. (And then, the headboard seemed to disappear from the bedroom scene entirely for a decade or two).


Nature and all things natural are big on everyone’s decor list in 2021. And no less so the wooden headboard.

Take a look at the Charlene Mahogany Headboard, for instance. It is a simplistic piece that can fit into almost any bedroom design.

The spaced wooden laths will make the wall behind the bed visible. But not to worry, having a headboard that shows the wall behind the bed will often create the illusion that your bedroom is bigger than it really is.

Seriously though, an elegant wood-piece like this could fit in with most of the predicted bedroom trends for 2021.

  • Rustic? Wood wins every time.
  • Industrial? Industry was built on the back of lumberjacks!
  • Eco? Apart from live plants, what is more natural than wooden bedroom furniture?

Tufted or upholstered headboards

Tuffed grey headboard
Elegant and tufted. What’s not to like?

When these headboards first came into style, it was because four posted beds were getting old fashioned. Moreover, custom no longer dictated that you should show off your sleeping quarters to your guests.

Things have changed.

Nowadays, tufted or upholstered headboards are back in fashion. And it is not because people don’t want to show off their bedrooms. On the contrary, it has become an attractive feature for bold bedrooms.

Honestly, who doesn’t show off their entire apartment or house the first time they have guests over? (Okay, with Covid-19 having guests over isn’t really a thing anymore. But hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?) And having an imposing, upholstered 17th-century look-alike headboard can’t hurt.

If you are the kind of person that likes to make a statement, tall, upholstered headboards are a perfect match for your bedroom!

Apart from making a statement, it is also quite comfortable to relax against.

So if you were wondering:

Are tufted headboards out of style?

The answer is no. It is very much back in style! Big, bold statements are at the top of all the bedroom decor ideas lists for 2021.

Have a look at the Artifex Grey PU Headboard. Stylish, affordable and easy to mount. You won’t regret investing in this headboard.

More bedroom ideas

So if you feel that you can revamp your bedroom without redoing the headboard, we have a couple of ideas that might interest you…

We mentioned a couple of styles earlier on. Stuff like, Rustic, Industrial and Eco.

These are the major predicted bedroom trends for 2021.

Rustic Bedrooms

This should remind you of a country cottage or a small villa by the sea. Simple and elegant with the feeling of being lived in.

Making a rustic bedroom is all about embracing the raw beauty of nature. (This is where wooden headboards come in handy). It relies on earthy colours and textures, as well as big windows.

Woollen blankets, woven rattan chairs and rugged wood panelling against the walls are all a welcome sight in a rustic bedroom.

Industrial Bedrooms

Slowly growing in popularity, industrial bedrooms are usually associated with apartment living. That doesn’t meant that you can’t have an industrial bedroom in your town house. However, it does fit in better with living in a small space.

Characterized by raw brick walls, visible piping and electricity on the walls and iron furniture, industrial isn’t for everybody. However, if you do like the steampunk vibe, this might be the bedroom style for you in 2021!

Did we mention that steel headboards go well with industrial vibes? An upholstered headboard can go really well with this theme, especially if you get it in a rusty colour.

Eco Bedrooms

Going natural is not restricted to the drinking straw industry. It is also a major theme when it comes to bedroom design.

Live plants, natural colours like light greens and browns coupled with simple lines and lots of light will make your eco bedroom complete.

Add to that a couple of natural linen fabrics, and you’ll feel as if you are sleeping in the great outdoors!

Go ahead. Chop and change!

We hope this blog post gave you some ideas about how to chop and change your bedroom in the year 2021, while keeping it in fashion.

Remember that headboards are what it’s all about when it comes to 2021 bedroom design and The Mattress Warehouse has a wide range of headboards for sale. So if the ones we showcased here don’t do it for you, get in touch with one of our experts so that they can help you select that perfect piece of bedroom furniture to make your bedroom stand out in 2021.

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