Headboard Size Chart

Picking out a headboard for your brand new bed frame can be as exciting as picking out the mattress you’ll be sleeping on for the foreseeable future. Deciding on the design, colour, material and more to match your existing decor can truly enhance your bedroom and create a unique focal point, but you need to get the measurements right. Choosing the right headboard for your bed goes further than just design – you need to ensure that it is the right size to suit the bedframe. Here is our headboard measurements guide to help you get started.

UK Headboard Sizes

UK measurements for beds are standard across the country, covering everything from a single, to a super king size, as well as specific sizes for children’s beds or cots depending on age or needs. The standard sizes readily available for adults, however, include single, small double, double, king size and super king size. The headboard measurements for each bed type are:

Bed Frame SizeHeadboard WidthDistance Between Fixing Holes
Single3ft / 90cm24” / 610mm
Small Double4ft / 122cm36” / 915mm
Double4ft 6 / 137cm42” / 1067mm
King Size5ft / 152cm48” / 1219mm
Super King Size6ft / 183cm60” / 1524mm

Most bedframes will come with the fixing holes already cut for you to easily attach any standard headboard for the bed size, however we’ve included the distance between fixing holes for strut-fixture headboards just in case.

European Headboard Sizing

While European sizes aren’t common in the UK, they can be found at most European retailers that operate here, including IKEA. These sizes differ slightly from the UK measurements and will require a different headboard size depending on your needs. Going slightly bigger than the listed measurement will give you full coverage for the bed, but you will need to consider fixture options where struts may not be appropriate. 

Bed Frame SizeBed Width
Single3ft / 90cm
Double4ft 9 / 140cm
King5ft 3 / 160cm

What Headboard Fitting Should I Get?

Headboards come in three main types of fitting depending on what you need or would like for your bed set up. Struts, floor-standing and wall-mounted headboards each offer their own benefits but may only suit a particular bed frame type. Divan beds, for example, typically use strutted headboard fixtures.

Floor Standing

Floor Standing headboards typically come in most materials including wood, metal, upholstered and more. They stand at full size and are usually fixed to the bed frame with bolts through slots within the headboard itself to ensure that they are secure. It’s worth noting, however, that these headboards aren’t adjustable and will remain at one full height, so it’s important to take care when picking out the measurements for your bed.


Strutted headboards feature usually two struts made from wood or metal that will be used to fix the headboard to the bed frame. These struts have an open-ended slot on each one so the height can be adjusted to suit the height of the bed frame and mattress accordingly. 


Wall-mounted headboards are fixed precisely how the name suggests – to the wall. These usually feature hidden fittings that will connect the headboard to the wall and therefore don’t rely on the bed itself to stay fixed, making it easy to change up the bed frame. These are particularly useful for those who want a headboard that will fill a given space rather than stick to the size of the bed itself.

How High Should A Headboard Be Above The Mattress?

The height of the headboard above the mattress is a case of personal preference in most cases, but standard heights tend to vary from around 14” above the top of the mattress to 29” or more. The wider the bed, the higher the headboard typically is.

Technically speaking, the headboard can be as tall as you desire, but general advice for keeping things balanced is to stick to a headboard that is shorter than the bed’s length.

How Do I Decide On The Full Headboard Dimensions For My Bed?

The dimensions that you want for your headboard will depend on the design that you are looking to achieve. Upholstered headboards tend to be thicker, for example, due to their cushioned surface and can create a much cosier atmosphere. Wooden headboards can vary in thickness too and choosing the right one for you can depend on the design and the bed frame.

If you are unsure on where to start or aren’t sure on the best headboard for your existing bed frame, you can contact our team through our live chat or give us a call and we can point you in the right direction.

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