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The 10 Best Headboards on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve previously written about bed frames and storage beds that don’t cost a fortune, bedsheets (on Amazon and elsewhere), and mattresses, we wanted to showcase an oft-overlooked part of the bedroom. Here’s the best headboards on Amazon, as told by their most ardent purchasers. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best Paneled Headboard

VÄNT Upholstered Headboards — Accent Wall Panels
$199 at Amazon

“This was one of the best products I purchased for my home! They were SOOOOOO easy to install and, once installed, can be removed for cleaning or any other purposes. We have 2 48” inch beds so we required a custom size headboard. These VÄNT panels are legit HALF the price of any other custom headboard. Another thing I was so impressed with was that right after purchasing these panels, I received an email showing me exactly how to install the product! I didn’t even need to refer back to it it was so easy to install! Seriously, guys, get this product. It will enhance any room in your house and you will be so happy you made this purchase! I know I am!”

Best Paneled Headboard (for Under $100)

Foremost Tessa Tuft Headboard Tiles in Gray
From $90 at Amazon

“I have an old house with windows at an odd height that makes most headboards unusable. I got these to try out but was worried about them falling down. A year later and they haven’t budged! I’ve also spilled things on them and cleaned it up easily. I’ve had a few people ask me about them, they are a nice quality, great color, and are easily arranged in whatever pattern you like.”

Best Padded Microfiber Headboard

Dorel Living Torino Headboard
$210 at Amazon

“After many years of my husband swearing he could make a padded headboard and still not having one, I decided to go ahead and buy one. This headboard has met all of my expectations it is sturdy and heavy and does not feel nor look cheap. It also matches my curtains very well. It was easy to put together — thanks for the tip from others that the instructions are behind a panel otherwise, you might have overlooked it. The headboard is padded very well and does not look like it will fade over time. Can’t believe I waited this long to buy one.”

Best Bookcase Headboard

Sauder Orchard Hills Bookcase Headboard in Carolina Oak
$76 at Amazon

“We have a cat that likes to knock everything off of our nightstands & walk back & forth across our heads all night. Enter this life saver! It went together easily enough and attached to the bed frame just fine. Now our cat leaves our nightstands alone and just hangs out on the shelf at night. Another one of our cats discovered the fancy new headboard and started sleeping in the big cubby hole in the middle. It’s serving its purpose well.”

Best Tall Headboard

Modway Sovereign Upholstered Tufted Button Fabric Headboard In Ivory
From $184 at Amazon

“I had been looking for headboards in local furniture stores and I could have purchased three of these for the cost of one at the stores. The headboard was light enough for me to carry upstairs. Connecting each leg was a breeze and I decided not to attach it to my frame since it sits securely between frame and wall. The color is a true creamy ivory. There’s no smell at all to the headboard and honestly it’s just perfect. It really changed the way the room looks and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. You’d never know how inexpensive it was by looking at it. Honestly, stop debating and just buy it. You’ll love it! And if you have a cat they’ll love you for giving them a big box to lay on.”

Best Cheap-But-Pricey-Looking Headboard

Zinus Modern Studio Upholstered Metal Headboard
$58 at Amazon

“This is a nice finishing touch for that spare room. Ours is well manufactured, fit well, and looks outstanding. Likewise, it takes no time to set up … and it can even withstand a great deal of pressure. My brother visited and was reading in the spare room … a pillow behind him, leaning against the headboard. I had a moment’s hesitation, knowing how relatively inexpensive it is … but I also remembered how hearty it was when I installed it. Needless to say, he enjoyed his book and there were no issues. In fact, he commented how “comfy” it was for his back … okay! If you need a few final touches for a spare bedroom but want to spend conservatively, this is absolutely ideal!”

Best Easy-Setup Steel Headboard

Dexter Metal Headboard with Decorative Castings and Globe Finials in Hammered Brown
From $107 at Amazon

“I had spent months online and in stores looking for a new bed at a somewhat reasonable price. I found either pressboard horrors that required aneurysm-inducing assembly skills or lovely wooden beds that were out of my price range. I decided instead to keep the existing frame and just go with a simple, elegant headboard. After reading the reviews for this one, I went ahead and purchased it. Since I ordered a king-size (and I’m a petite 5-foot-nothing gal), the box was a bit cumbersome to maneuver into the house, but nothing terribly bad and certainly nothing I couldn’t handle on my own (insert a haughty ‘hmpff!’ here). The headboard itself is a beautiful dark coppery brown with bits of gold flecks in the paint; nothing gaudy that screams, ‘Hay y’all! I just came straight from a cheap big-box store! Who wants Cheez-Whiz and Thunderbird wine??’

Assembly was incredibly easy (sans the aforementioned aneurysm) and I had it up and attached to the bed frame within 15 minutes. The headboard is indeed quite sturdy, solid, and stays in place, no wobbling or creaking. Don’t ask how I tested this feature. Suffice it to say, my beau concurred that it was a quality piece … of furniture, that is.”

Best Winged Headboard

Pulaski Mirabella Tufted Panel Headboard with Wings
$210 at Amazon

“It is absolutely beautiful! The heavy duty fabric is a beautiful neutral shade that will match just about any bedding, and the perfectly placed buttons are very tasteful. The side boards (wings) are easy to attach and add to the character of the headboard. With the help of a friend, I was able to put the headboard together and attach it to my bed frame in about 30 minutes. The directions were clear and simple and I now feel like a have a truly beautiful bed. A few nights after installing the headboard, I had a small group of friends over for dinner and had them put their bags and coats in the bedroom. I received many glowing compliments and remarks about the new addition to my room. Perhaps I can turn my old pallet into some other Pinterest creation now that I don’t need it any longer as a substitute headboard.”

Best Headboard for Tight Corridors

Prepac Espresso Tall Slant-Back Bookcase Headboard
From $150 at Amazon

“I purchased this headboard almost two years ago and I still recommend it to my friends who live in small apartments. You’ll want plenty of space to actually assemble it, but once it’s complete, it doesn’t take up that much room. I use this as the primary source of storage in my bedroom (which is very small) and would gladly recommend it to any friend.”

Best Leatherette Headboard

Crown Mark Barlow Bicast Headboard
From $250 at Amazon

“For an inexpensive item, this product looks ‘high-end’ and made such a difference in the atmosphere of our bedroom! It was surprisingly lightweight and super easy for me to put it together. In fact, it was delivered just in time (about 20 minutes) for me to put it together to surprise my husband when he got home. It was THAT easy!

Our room always felt as if it were missing something. It was! And this rich, warm headboard made all the difference in the coziness of our room. It really pulled everything together! We love it!”

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The 10 Best Headboards on Amazon