How To Fit a Headboard To Your Bed

Fitting a headboard to your bed couldn’t be simpler. There are three main ways in which to do this: you can either use a headboard with struts, a floor standing headboard or a wall mounted headboard.

Headboards with struts
Headboards with struts are the most common form of fitting a headboard to your bed. The struts (wooden thin plank-like objects) are usually sold with your headboard. These are shown below on the Vienna headboard.

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These struts simply screw into the back of your headboard, whilst the other end will neatly fit onto the back of most standard divan beds. The size of your bed will dictate the size of the headboard you will need to purchase: so a king size 5ft bed will only fit a king size 5ft headboard. This may seem like obvious information but you would be surprised at the amount of people who don’t realise this!

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Your divan bed should have two bolts on the back on the back of the divan (most divans include the bolts on both sides so you can decide which way to face your divan). These bolts unscrew, you can then put the headboard in place and then screw the bolts back in place. Some divans hide the screw holes for the bolts underneath the cloth and may not include the bolts.

If there are no bolts in place on the divan, the best thing to do is run your hand across the fabric at the top of the divan base to find the screw holes (usually situated 3 or 4 inches from the end of the divan base and towards the top of the base). If you have misplaced the divan headboard bolts for the headboard, don’t panic, we sell them in our shop.

The struts supplied with most headboards will allow you to slide the headboard up and down the back of the divan depending on how thick your mattress is and how high up you want the headboard to go. Once you’ve found the perfect height you just tighten the bolts on the divan and Ta da! the headboard will hold in place. Take a look at our Skye headboard with struts:

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Floor standing headboards
Floor standing headboards are similar to those with struts but operate and look slightly different. Rather than including separate struts, the struts are part of the headboard which will reach down to the floor; this allows the headboard to stand in place behind the bed. In most cases the headboard will include a gap on the standing frame which is where the bolts can be screwed in allowing for a sturdy head end which won’t move about – like the Esher headboard below.

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Wall mounted headboards

Wall mounted headboards or wall hung headboards are usually used for larger headboards which cannot be supported by struts or to make a visual statement. As you can see in the image below, mounting a headboard on your bedroom wall can really make a huge impact in your bedroom.

Wall hung headboards are popular in boutique hotels and should include wall mounting fixings. We always recommend you use a professional DIY expert when fixing your wall hung headboard to the wall, they will ensure the correct tools are used and that your wall will support the headboard you choose.

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Top Tips For Fitting Your Headboard

1.)    If your headboard is missing either struts or bolts, don’t panic you can buy them in our headboard accessories shop.

2.)    If you are buying a new divan and plan to fix a headboard to it, ensure it has the screw holes to fit the headboard in place (if you are purchasing a headboard with struts or a floor standing headboard).

3.)    Always use a DIY expert if you plan to wall mount your headboard.

4.)    Get the right fabric and colour before ordering a headboard, use our free fabric sample service.

5.)    Finally, If you need any further advice, please contact us on the number above.

New Children’s Headboards Exclusive To JustHeadboards!

We all know children are hard to please, but here at Just, we are certain your little ones will love our brand new selection of fabulous and exclusive children’s headboards. Whether for a boy, a girl, an animal lover or an explorer, we have something for everyone!

Each headboard in this new selection is available in 2ft 6 (small single) or 3 ft (single), is delivered complete with struts, and is easy to attach to any small single or standard single sized bed. With comfortable padding and soft rounded edges, these headboards are incredibly child friendly and ideal for any child’s bedroom.  Why not take a look by viewing our Childrens Headboards.

For budding bakers, we have the Fairy Cake Headboard. Upholstered in a baby pink PVC material, this headboard can be wiped clean, minimising any staining and keeping it looking in fantastic condition year after year. Featuring a mixture of deliciously illustrated cupcakes, this mouth watering headboard is sure to send your little one to sleep with sweet dreams.

Those who enjoy pottering outdoors will love the Garden Headboard. Once again, upholstered in a PVC material, this wipe clean headboard has a fresh lemon yellow background with vivid bumble bees, birds, flowers and butterflies. Fun and friendly, as well as practical, this headboard will make a wonderful feature in your child’s bedroom.

If you’re looking for a slightly softer headboard than those with the easy clean PVC finish, we have a number of vibrant fabric options to choose from. Wildlife lovers will roar with excitement at the Zooland Headboard. With a white background, this headboard will suit any existing decor and features an adorable selection of cute and colourful zoo animals including lions, alligators, giraffes and zebras.

Our Around The World and Holiday headboards are perfect for little explorers. With both headboards displaying world famous land marks, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pyramids of Egypt, in fabulous blues, greens and yellows or white and striking pink, these are sure to evoke inspiring dreams of exciting world wide adventures.

For those transport enthusiasts we have the Travel or the City Life headboards. With bright and artistic images of trains, cars, buses, bikes and helicopters, these funky headboards will put a smile on any ‘go fast child’s’ face.

If you love this exclusive collection as much as we do, and are looking for that little bit extra to finish off your child’s bedroom or play room, we have another brand new and exclusive collection of children’s toy boxes, to match the headboards above, which can be found here at http://www.justheadboards.co.uk/accessories/childrens-toy-boxes/