What Kind Of Fabric Is Used For Headboards?

Upholstered headboards are a great way to add a bit of comfort and cosiness to any bedroom interior. The soft, cushioned feel of an upholstered headboard gives you the benefit of being able to sit up in bed comfortably for longer, reading, on your laptop, watching TV or even just chatting to your partner. If you’re in the market for a new headboard, we’ve put together a guide to the fabric choices available so you can pick the right one for you.


Linen headboards are typically one of the easiest to maintain over time and in some cases, can also be some of the cheapest. They are available in a huge range of colours and patterns depending on the headboard design that you choose. They can be allergen-repellent and generally don’t collect dirt as quickly as other more textured fabrics. The Lecce Linen Weave Upholstered Headboard is a simple but stylish curved headboard perfect for any bedroom. 

Faux Leather

Faux leather headboards offer an comfortable, easy-clean surface and are an increasingly popular fabric choice for headboards. Faux leather is animal-friendly, can be produced in a huge array of colours and doesn’t crack nearly as easily as genuine leather. They are easy to maintain, more fade-resistant than standard leather and while it might lack the smell that many people love about genuine leather, it is generally much cheaper. Take a look at the Mars Faux Leather Headboard:

Genuine Leather

Genuine leather headboards carry all of the benefits of any leather product. They are hypo-allergenic, typically very high quality and are easily cleaned with just a damp cloth. They can be subject to fading, so should be treated and polished to give the headboard increased longevity but if cared for properly, can make a great long-term investment for your bedroom.


Sueded is a good middle-ground between a linen or leather headboard, but requires regular maintenance to keep it in good condition for longer. Suede looks and feels chic and stylish and is soft to touch, available in an array of colours and shades to suit any bedroom interior. They can accumulate dust and dirt quickly, so be sure to keep up with maintenance to maintain the brand-new look. The Roma Faux Suede Headboard is a great example of a stylish headboard with that perfect soft-touch suede finish. 


Chenille is a soft and stunning material that can easily make a statement in your bedroom. This textured fabric offers something unique to suit most design styles and can add a little something special to a minimalist or Scandinavian-style decor. Available in a huge array of colours, chenille fabrics are versatile, lightweight, soft and beautiful – the perfect combination for a bed headboard. Our Keatry Upholstered Headboard is pictured here in Teal Chenille fabric:


For a luxurious finish, velvet is often considered unbeatable. The soft material couples with the way the material seems to shimmer in the light has led to velvet being used for that high-class finish in plenty of different furniture items, and headboards are no exception. It will stand the test of time, but will need a level of maintenance, particularly if you have pets as it can be notorious for attracting pet hair. The Lennox Crushed Velvet Upholstered Headboard is a unique design that offers luxury and style at it’s finest and is available in six different colours to suit your tastes.


Velour and velvet are often confused with one another, but there are a few key differences you need to consider. They are both made from different fibres and weaving techniques, with velour being the ‘easier’ to make of the two. The knitted-style fabric is softer to the touch than velvet in most cases, but has the same soft drape and luxurious look. The Emma Upholstered Velour Headboard is just one example of how this soft and comfortable material can be used. 

Upholstered headboards come in a huge array of materials and above are just some of the most popular available. We also offer satin and soft-touch headboards, so be sure to take a look at our full range and the swatches available for each headboard you like the look of – some headboards come in more than one material type! Feel free to get in touch for more information.

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