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 nice as a Ballard dupe that costs twice as much.
Christophe Upholstered Panel Headboard (starting at $212, originally $230.99; allmodern.com)
If you want all the glamorous details — nailhead trim, tufts and a crown-shaped silhouette included — this is the headboard for you. Available in 11 colors and fabrics, the Christophe is a top seller for AllModern, with more than 1,600 positive reviews and a 4.7-star rating.
Semara Macramé Headboard ($229; urbanoutfitters.com)
Not all headboards are created equal. Case in point? This macramé “headboard” is hung on the wall above your bed and not actually attached to the frame. Still providing the structure and focal point of a traditional headboard, the Semara doubles as artwork that can be hung anywhere in your house.
Chavis Slat Headboard ($178, originally $195.99; jossandmain.com)
Minimalist and modern all at once, this powder-coated carbon steel headboard features castings and round finial posts that would complement pretty much any room’s aesthetic. With more than 3,600 positive reviews and a 4.7-star rating, the piece is a top seller for Joss & Main.
The Inside Art Deco Headboard (starting at $329; theinside.com)
If it’s high fashion you’re looking for, then The Inside has your solution. The direct-to-consumer brand specializes in simple, classic furniture — from benches and sofas to chairs and beyond — upholstered in more than 100 exclusive fabrics.
Handmade in North America, the art deco headboard can be swathed in everything from a high-octane leopard print to a preppy ticking stripe. The hardest part is choosing which pattern suits your room (and your personality!) best.
Hillary Upholstered Panel Headboard (starting at $206, originally $299.05; allmodern.com)
Featuring scalloped edges and nailhead trim, this AllModern bestseller has more than 4,200 positive reviews and boasts a 4.6-star rating. Available in four muted hues, the headboard has reviews describing it as both “absolutely stunning” and “so easy to put together.”
Modway Lily Tufted Linen Fabric Upholstered Headboard (starting at $73.99; amazon.com)
This Modway headboard is as sleek and simple as they come. Boasting nearly 2,000 Amazon reviews, the upholstered piece has an adjustable height and comes in four colorways (beige, navy, gray and ivory). Many reviewers cite the piece as looking far more expensive than it really is, and they say it’s easy to install.
Deco Sun Headboard ($299; urbanoutfitters.com)
We dare you to wake up on the wrong side of the bed when this sunny headboard is anchoring it. Made of wood painted in a bold metallic finish, the deco-inspired piece will have you singing “Here comes the sun,” each and every time you wake. One note: This item isn’t expected to ship until August, but it really might be worth the wait.
Pier 1 Woven Block Seagrass Headboard (starting at $143.99, originally $179.99; pier1.com)
Speaking of beachy — have you ever seen a headboard more apropos for a beach house? Made of natural seagrass, this headboard from Pier 1 is handwoven in a basketweave pattern that is utterly eye-catching. If you’re looking for a textural backdrop to your bed, this is it.
Lucid Mid-Rise Upholstered Headboard (starting at $90.64; amazon.com)
Available in five colors and three designs, including nailhead trim, diamond tufting and square tufting, the headboard has clean lines and a customizable height. Truly the piece’s biggest selling point, however, is its bargain-basement price.
Cost Plus World Market Antique Black Wood Farmhouse Radine Headboard (starting at $249.99; worldmarket.com)
The modern farmhouse home design trend is showing no signs of abating, which makes this rustic headboard a safe bet for years to come. Crafted of wood and veneers and coated in an antique black finish, the Radine is a substantial piece of furniture. More to know: A matching dresser and nightstand are available, if you’re looking to outfit an entire room in the look.
Rainbow Iridescent Headboard ($399; urbanoutfitters.com)
Here’s an interior design maxim that we endorse: One can never have too many mirrors in a home. Enter this totally fun and funky rainbow iridescent mirrored headboard. Hung via brackets on your wall, the piece can double as a full-length mirror, too.
Cost Plus World Market Swaying Palm Loran Upholstered Headboard (starting at $299.99; worldmarket.com)
Channel all the vacation vibes with this tropical-patterned headboard from World Market. Available in sizes twin through California king, the piece is handcrafted in Illinois and is sure to add some whimsy to your space.
Note: The prices above reflect the retailers’ listed price at the time of publication.