How Tall & Wide Should a Headboard Be? (Explained)

Headboards are mainly used for increasing comfort as well as enhancing the bedroom’s elegance and also act as a cold barrier between the wall and your body.

As it serves an important purpose which is why it’s essential to get the headboard’s measurements absolutely spot on.

Therefore, we have pinpointed all the vital points in how tall and wide a headboard should be so that it can completely complement your bedroom’s style.

How tall should a headboard be?

A headboard should match the size of the mattress to get the utmost comfort. The bed’s dimensions determine the headboard’s height, but usually, the height remains constant at 15 to 65 inches. Also, a twin headboard can be 14 inches tall, while a king-size headboard can be 58 inches tall.

How tall should an upholstered headboard be?

It’s worth mentioning that you’ll have to pick a headboard that is the right size for your bed. Although if you believe you know the right dimensions of your bed, you should measure it. Only a few millimeters too small, and the appearance will be ruined.

The average height of an upholstered headboard is 50 to 62 inches. It really is fine to have a slightly taller headboard, but not really a shorter one.

Try to ensure your headboard is high enough to support extra-thick mattresses or big cushions when choosing or designing one, particularly if you want to have huge pillows.

Rosevera Givanna Upholstered Headboard, Full, Beige

How tall should a dorm headboard be?

A dorm headboard is typically 34 to 40 inches tall. It’s fine to have a little higher headboard, but also not one that’s too short.

When picking or creating a headboard, make sure it’s high enough to support extra-thick mattresses or large cushions, especially if you plan to use a couple of pillows.

Silverwood FH1004-NH-COM the Powered Headboard, Twin, Light Grey

What is the best height for a headboard?

The height of the headboards mostly depends on the size of the bed as well as the size of the mattresses.

However, the best height of a typical headboard varies from 14 inches for a small, twin-sized headboard from above the head of the mattress and 30 inches or even more for a high, king-sized headboard or even for a tall, king- or queen-sized headboard.

Extremely tall headboards could be as high as you would like them to be, but they should not be taller than the length of the bed.

LUCID Mid-Rise Upholstered Headboard - Adjustable Height from 34” to 46”, Queen, Cobalt

How can I make my headboard higher?

There are lots of methods you can follow to raise the height of your headboard but to ease your difficulty, we have described one of the simple techniques by using a bed riser to raise the height of your headboards.

Unmounting all parts that are attached to the headboard:

Detach any of the items that may be linked to your headboards, such as a lamp or wires, before placing bed risers beneath them.

These items won’t add a lot of weight, but you’ll certainly want them out of the way to avoid potential hazards and objects coming off during the setup process.

Remove the mattress:

If you’re going to put bed risers underneath the bed, then you should make sure that you have removed the mattress and bed frame to ease the load that you’ll be lifting.

Although one person is not enough to move the burden alone, you will need to get assistance or use equipment such as a vehicle jack.

Set up the bed riser:

After the headboard or bed has been raised, the other person may insert the bed risers below each leg of the bed and install them properly. For additional support, consider placing two-bed risers in the center of a big bed. 

Double-check your bed riser:

After installing your bed risers, the next process is to integrate that your headboard is stable. Bed risers will raise your headboard, but they will not assist the headboard’s both forward and backward mobility between the bed and the wall.

How wide should a headboard be?

The width of a headboard is determined from the length of the bed frame and the mattress. However, the standard headboard width differs from the bed frame by 1 to 4 inches. For the twin, queen, and king-size beds, the width of the headboard can be 42, 82, and 80 inches or more.

Should a headboard be wider than the bed?

In most circumstances, a headboard can be broader than the bed. Headboards come in various styles but most typically span up to 2 inches past the mattress on every side. As a result, headboards are typically around 5 inches broader than the bed.

 Finally, the kind of box spring and headboard design should be considered when determining the actual dimensions of a headboard. These are the main elements that influence your choices of whether you will need a wider headboard or not.

How much wider should a headboard be than the bed?

Headboards have always been the same dimension as your bed frame, although they can be 3 to 4 inches considerably wider from your bed’s mattresses. The majority of headboards are built to accommodate conventional bed frames and mattress sizes.

The normal headboard should be anywhere 4 inches wider, which is similar to the bed frame, and it’s typically 15 to 34 inches taller than the surface of the mattress.

How to make a headboard wider?

Making a headboard that will be wider is not a very complex process. We have described some of the steps that you can follow to make your headboard wider:

Purchase all the essentials:

You will need to buy adapter brackets to make your headboard wider and install it in the broader bed frame.

Mount the brackets:

Align the adapter bracket with the holes on your bed frame, and then use two screws to lock it securely. If you’re installing a headboard that is smaller than the framework, make sure the brackets are secured such that the larger, horizontal gaps face one another. 

If you want to install a bigger headboard than the frame, then brackets must be attached in another way. 

Connect the headboard:

After you’ve fastened the brackets to the bed frame, then you may connect the headboard legs to the bracket’s horizontal holes. This stage is somewhat more difficult than the first since you’ll have to ensure your headboard is straight and equal.

That’s all; now that you’re happy with the positioning, you’re ready.

Headboard size and dimension chart:

Bed SizeHeadboard HeightHeadboard Width
Twin14 inches40 inches
Full28 inches50 inches
Full XL 38 inches58 inches
Queen45 inches60 inches
King58 inches80 inches
Alaskan King58 inches110 inches
Texas King56 inches102 inches
Wyoming King57 inches90 inches
California King58 inches72 inches

Do headboards fit all beds? 

A conventional bed frame will accommodate any headboard. A regular headboard is about 0-3′ inches wider than your regular bed frame, while an extra-wide headboard is approximately two times the width of the bed.

In addition, typical headboard height ranges from 13 inches to 30 inches above the mattress, with extremely tall headboards going even higher than the regular.

Will a queen headboard fit a full bed?

Full-size mattresses and bed frames are just 54 inches broad, whereas queen headboards and footboards are generally 62 inches wide. So, a queen headboard will fit a full bed. Over decades, people have used this method to attach headboards to bed frames.

This will only leave 3 inches on each side, which is a figure that almost all people can deal with.

Will a king headboard fit a California king bed?

The only dissimilarity between a California King and a King size headboard is that the king size headboard will be 2 inches bigger upon every side, but it should still fit.

A standard king-size mattress measures 74 inches broad by 80 inches lengthy, and on the other hand, a California king measures 73 inches wide and 85 inches lengthier.

Will a queen headboard fit a king bed?

A king-size bed can be accommodated by extending a queen-size headboard. The width of a king-sized bed can be 75”, whereas the width of a queen-sized bed can be 60”.

As a result, a queen headboard is a little shorter than a king-size headboard. That is why you will need to extend your queen-size headboard by a few inches in order to perfectly fit a king bed.

Will a full-size headboard fit a queen?

A full-size headboard may not perfectly match a queen-size frame because a full-size mattress is 5’’ thinner than a queen-size mattress.

The screw gaps on a full-size headboard may not even connect and secure perfectly with the mounting holes on a queen frame, and that is mandatory to connect them securely.

Are headboards have a standard size?

A standard headboard is 2 to 4 inches broader than the width of your bed frame. In most situations, you’ll require two inches of space, mostly on the sides of your bed, to correctly install a headboard, so consider that when you buy.

The standard headboard height ranges from 15 inches to 30 inches just over the mattress’s top surface.

How do you determine the height of a headboard?

The headboard height should be chosen according to personal preference. You might like a more classic look. However, you could select a towering headboard to serve as a design element and the main point of your home.

The general height of a single headboard is 26 inches.  Also, 29 to 39 inches is the height of a double or king-size headboard.

Why are headboards so tall?

Since they cover the vertical space, high headboards appear great in areas with high ceilings. Whenever you’re lying up in bed, a tall headboard protects your head from sliding against the wall.

Tall headboards can reach 65 to 70 inches in height, almost completely occupying the length of the wall.

Finally, the dimension and size of a headboard always depend on the size of a bed frame and other factors; however, it also depends on the layout of your room as mostly nowadays, headboards are mostly used to enhance the elegance of a room rather than comfort.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why Are Headboards So Expensive?

Should Lamps Be Taller Than Headboard?

Why Does Headboard Squeak, Wobble, Move or Lean Forward?

Are Headboards Adjustable?

Are Headboards Going Out Of Style?

Baxton Studio Wholesale Interiors Rita Modern and Contemporary Faux Leather Upholstered Button-Tufted Scalloped Headboard, Queen, White