A buyer’s guide to beautiful bedheads

Create a focal point or inject colour and texture into your sleep space.
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Few understand the power of the humble bedhead. This underrated style tool can add colour, shape, texture, scale and weight to a room – all without embarking on a major bedroom makeover.

“Consumers are increasingly prioritising the bedroom as a sanctuary to unwind, which has given rise to restorative bedrooms, and bedheads help echo this calming and nurturing sentiment by adding colour and texture to a space,” says Heatherly Design founder and director, Georgie Leckey, whose business specialises in bedheads.

A bedhead can transform the look and feel of a room – choose one that reflects your style for longevity. (Photography: Jody D’Arcy)

1. Why is a bedhead necessary?

The styling opportunities presented by a bedhead are endless, says stylist Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors. “They are a brilliant way to frame a space and set the stage for the layout of your room. Bedheads supply texture, depending on what materials are used, and inject personality. They’ve come a long way from the straight, rectangular shapes of old, and now exist with curves, which work really well, given most rooms are square or rectangular,” she says.

“Bedheads add a bold and intentional style quality to a bedroom and are a great way to play with proportion or the dimensions of a room in order to create depth,” adds Georgie. “As the foundation of the bedroom, a bedhead should create a look that is entirely unique to the space. For example, a child’s bedroom might embrace playfulness and a youthful energy with a brighter colour palette, or a guestroom might incorporate a fabric that is abundant in mood-boosting tactility to create a warm welcome, while the main bedroom should balance aesthetic comfort with impeccable design for modern luxury.”

lamps bedside with floral bedhead
A rich floral bedhead sets the tone for this space. (Photography: Martina Gemmola)

2. Bedhead styles

Bedheads are a one-stop style solution for the bedroom. Add interest with intricate detailing, add warmth, texture and contrast with natural materials or strike a pose with a statement cut-out, curved or scallop detail. A bed with built-in headboard is an affordable alternative.

‘Adlington’ wallpaper by Lee Jofa (try Elliott Clarke) provides a romantic backdrop for the custom bedhead upholstered in ‘Somerville’ fabric by Warwick. (Photography: Tim Salisbury / Styling: Penny Sheehan)

3. Bedhead trends

“Current trends are all about transforming the bedroom into the ultimate restorative space to soothe our muscles and our minds,” says Georgie. Timber bed frames and bedheads experienced a resurgence during the past decade when Scandinavian style reigned supreme, but Georgie says we’re now seeing a shift away from that.

Bonnie boucle bed in ivory Heatherly Design
‘Bonnie’ boucle bed in Ivory, $2990/queen, Heatherly Design. (Photography: Martina Gemmola)

“Curved silhouettes bring a serene element to bedroom interiors and soften the space, while buttery soft velvets and bouclé are still proving popular – these textural fabrics emphasise the cosiness craved by consumers. Fabric should be chosen not only for its beauty, but its durability,” says Georgie. “In the colour department, an earthy palette of sesame, camel and eucalyptus not only creates tranquillity and harmony in the bedroom, but offers versatility across the seasons.”

4. What to look for when buying a bedhead

Georgie has some tips for identifying a well-crafted bedhead. “The weight of a product often defines the quality and longevity of it, and attention to detail and functionality is key,” she says.

Future-proofing is also an important consideration. “Remember that freestanding bedheads can often be reupholstered, so you won’t be trapped into the one design forever,” says Julia. “The key to picking the right one is to decide upfront if it’s going to be the ‘feature’ of the space. If so, you can go a little wild with fabric options. If the bedhead is to simply frame a space and provide comfort, opt for a more conservative, colour-blocked bedhead. It’s important to decide this first, as it will inform your other decisions.”

This bedhead and lampshade were custom made by Maine House Interiors, the cushion fabric is ‘Marigold’ by Anna Spiro Textiles and the lampshade is covered in Jane Churchill fabric. (Photography: Lisa Cohen)

5. Bedhead price guide

As with most things, you can spend as much as you like on a bedhead, depending on your budget and style needs. “The price variation is huge,” says Julia. “Anywhere from $500 to $5,000 is fair game.”\

The best bedheads to shop in Australia

Yamba rattan bedhead with curved sides


Yamba Bedhead, Linen House

From $479.99 for queen (usually $599.99)

Made from hand-woven rattan, this contemporary bedhead lends easy-breezy style to any space.

Havana rattan bedhead


Palm Cove Living Havana Rattan Bedhead, Temple & Webster

From $699 for queen

This rattan and solid timber bedhead is handmade and adds a rustic, warm charm to the bedroom.



Seashore Silver Brush Acacia Queen Bed Frame, Hardtofind


Nail the modern farmhouse style with this black-framed beauty. With just the right mix of modern and rustic, we’d love to see this pale, silvery timber paired with fresh white linens to make the textured hardwood shine. The natural properties of Acacia wood imbue this timber with anti-fungal properties seeing it last a lifetime.

Barbie style shell velvet bedhead


By Designs Shell Velvet Bedhead in Petal, Temple & Webster

From $719 for king single

Curves, velvet and a soft shell pattern all combine for a touch of luxe in the bedroom. With four other colours to choose from, there’s no excuse not to get your Little Mermaid on. 


By Designs Upholstered Bedhead in Flint, Temple & Webster

From $699 for double

Classic stripes with antique brass studding combine for a sophisticated bedhead for any aesthetic, from coastal to country.

Ari’ bedhead in Rose, $599.99/queen, Linen House


Ari Rose Bedhead, Linen House

From $527.99 for queen (usually $659.99)

Elegant vertical panels make this plush bedhead a sumptuous addition to the bedroom. The rosy pink velvet colour would sing against brass details. 

Deco Studded Bedhead Early Settler


Deco Studded Bedhead, Early Settler

From $279 for double (usually $399)

A timeless bedhead in soft, sea green fabric with a brass studded detail that will amplify the luxury in your bedroom.


Memphis Cream Boucle Bedhead, Adairs

From $559.99 for queen (usually $799.99)

This soft boucle bedhead lends a lovely textural touch. It’s a comfortable and stylish addition to any bed.

Giselle’ bedhead in Flora charcoal velvet, from $1730/ queen, Heatherly Design.


Giselle Bedhead, Heatherly Design

From $1750 for queen

Giselle is the shape of this beautiful bedhead and you can choose from a smorgasbord of fabrics in a rainbow of colours, patterns, plaids and stripes to meet your mode. The decorating world is your oyster and a pleasing border of brass studs, your pearls.

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