Headboards add character not only to your bedroom but also to your bed itself. Even a headboard bought separately can be integrated into your color scheme with a bit of designing know how. But, what type do you choose: fabric or wicker?
You might think that a headboard is a purely functional item on the standard list of bedroom furnishings but it can be more than that. It’s true that a headboard serves several very practical functions. It gives you something comfortable to lean against. It will help keep the wall behind the bed clean. It allows you to position the bed so that it isn’t directly against the wall – a great decorator’s tip for creating a sense of space.
But, function aside, a headboard can also be a strong decorative feature in its own right and if this is one of your reasons for purchasing a headboard, then you may be contemplating a choice between different types. You are probably wondering what the difference is between a wicker headboard and a fabric covered one right now.
A wicker headboard has some huge practical advantages over fabric covered headboards. For instance, it won’t show the dirt like its fabric-covered cousin. A wicker headboard can easily be dusted and wiped clean with a damp cloth if cleaning is required. In addition, wicker is an extraordinarily hard-wearing and durable material that will last you a lot longer than most fabrics. Sun and UV resistant, wicker will withstand a whole lot of knocks.
But, once again, practical considerations may not be uppermost in your mind. Adding a headboard to a bed has a great deal to do with style and creating a pleasing ambience in a bedroom. An upholstered, fabric covered headboard may offer an advantage if you want it to be made of matching fabric that co-ordinates with the bed linen or quilt, curtains and other soft furnishings. But the mix and match eclectic style is as appealing, more stylish and more practical in other ways.
Fabric covered headboards may have connotations of plush softness – a big bonus for the bedroom, which is all about luxury. Padded fabric clad headboards are a good choice if this is your priority, but there are wicker headboards that incorporate this comfort as a design feature.
Wicker headboards have a versatility that makes them easy to fit into your decor even if you change the color scheme and soft furnishings. If you’re looking for lasting functionality and style, wicker headboards have the edge over fabric, in several dimensions.
It ultimately comes down to personal choice, once you’ve weighed up all the relevant factors – style versus function and durability versus fashion. These are things to juggle when making your final decision.