Headboard height

konzelmannAugust 6, 2014

Is there any general rule of thumb to help determine a reasonable headboard height for a bed to avoid having something that takes over the room too much? My home is an old victorian with ceilings that are a bit over 9 feet. The bedroom is large, but a bit narrow because it was probably 2 bedrooms at one point and was converted to one. So the room might be 14' by 25' or something like that. The bed is sideways in the room, not the long way, because to put it lengthwise would block a window.

I'd like a beautiful victorian style bed with a beautiful tall headboard, but a couple people have suggested to me that it might not look right in the room if the headboard is too tall. I'm looking at one bed specifically with a 72" headboard. To me, a smaller headboard wouldn't look nearly as impressive. It suits the house so well, but I don't have the best eye for interior decorating. I know something smaller would work fine, like 58" or so, but like I said, I don't think that would be as impressive and would just look pretty plain.

Any advice?

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This might sound dopey, but I'd tape the space out with painter's tape so you can get a feel of how much space would be between the top of the headboard and the ceiling.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 1:41AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Considering people will even hang a canopy off the ceiling to dress up a bed, I don't think you have to worry about the height. Pammy's suggestion is not at all dopey but a good one. If you don't have an eye to see scale, then a mock up is a great idea.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 6:43AM
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Holly- Kay

Your home is Victorian. I am sure large and high headboards were used during that period.

When I was a young girl I had a lovely Victorian rope bed and the headboard was much higher than what is usually de rigueur now.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 9:33AM
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The most pleasing dimension to the eye are thirds. If you have 9' ceilings, a headboard that's either 3' or 6' would probably look nice. Sounds like you are right on track with your 6-footer. Besides, don't you want the bed to be the focal point of the room as would be true for most bedrooms?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 2:54PM
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