When it comes to designing your bedroom, there are lots of key decor elements to consider. There’s lighting and linens, area rugs and nightstands, but no piece plays a bigger role than a headboard. Simultaneously anchoring the room and dictating the vibe you’re going for, whether that’s bright and bohemian or serene and sleek, the headboard provides a visual focal point that elevates the space — which is why you need to choose wisely.
The good news is that this clutch piece of furniture is affordable, too. While a complete bed, which includes a headboard and bed frame, and maybe a box spring, can run north of $1,000, headboards are significantly cheaper, with some costing less than a hundred bucks. And they’re also convenient — simply mount the headboard to your existing bed frame or onto the wall and voila, you’re now officially an adult with a grown-up bedroom.
Whether you’re looking to revamp your master or add some gravitas to a guest room, a headboard can be your go-to solution. Below, we’ve found 20 options ranging from Wayfair favorites with thousands of reviews to a custom headboard with more than a hundred patterns to choose from, and they’re all under $400.
Three Posts Cleveland Upholstered Panel Headboard (starting at $202.32, originally $237.05; wayfair.com)
With more than 15,000 positive reviews and a 4.5-star rating, this tufted headboard is a Wayfair bestseller. Available in two hues — cream and a greenish gray — it will add neutral sophistication to any space.
Brookside Upholstered Headboard with Diamond Tufting (starting at $151.99, originally $254.99; overstock.com)
Modern and classic, this stunner of a headboard has more than 1,100 positive reviews and a 4.6-star rating, making it a top seller for Overstock. Available in five colors in a linen-like material, the headboard features a buttonless diamond tufting and thick border that sets it apart from the rest of the upholstered options out there.
Opalhouse Tachuri Geometric Front Headboard ($199.99; target.com)
Bohemian and utterly cool, this geometric-patterned wooden headboard is a steal at just under $200. Pairing perfectly with some bright bedding, the Tachuri comes in queen size only and has a matching nightstand available for $149.99.
Zipcode Design Francis Upholstered Panel Headboard (starting at $103.20, originally $159.25; wayfair.com)
Another Wayfair top seller, the Francis headboard has more than 13,000 positive reviews and a 4.7-star rating, thanks to its sturdy composition and contemporary design. Available in seven hues and fabrics, this headboard is beloved because it’s easy to assemble, durable and super luxe-looking in real life.
Reginald Open-Frame Headboard (starting at $176; birchlane.com)
Going for a more industrial vibe? Look no further than Reginald, which has more than 1,100 positive Birch Lane reviews and a 4.6-star rating. Available in seven fun colors — from a vintage cream to a baby blue — the metal headboard has an antique finish that will have guests thinking you picked it up at a flea market and not from a mass retailer.
Mercury Row Zoe Upholstered Panel Headboard (starting at $171.24, originally $276.50; wayfair.com)
Elegant and chic, the Zoe headboard has more than 6,500 positive reviews on Wayfair and a 4.8-star rating. We love the nailhead trim and the curved silhouette, while reviewers rave about the product’s sturdy construction and beautiful appearance. More to know: Multiple reviewers said the headboard is just as