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How do I Choose the Best Padded Headboard?

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When choosing the best padded headboard, it is important to consider the height of the headboard and the type of fabric that will be used to cover it. The height of the headboard should work well within the bedroom where it will be installed. A large room may be a good space for a tall padded headboard. A small room might begin to feel a bit cramped if a large, imposing headboard is installed. Be sure to also consider ceiling height in the room, as this will affect how the headboard fits within the space.

A room with very tall ceilings can accommodate a very tall padded headboard. A short padded headboard may seem out of place in such a room unless it is installed below a large piece of artwork or wall hanging that takes up a significant amount of space between the top of the headboard and the ceiling. While shopping for a padded headboard, be sure to bring along detailed measurements of the space where the headboard must fit. These measurements can then be compared with the measurements of floor models.

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The material that covers the padded headboard is also important to consider. Unlike wooden or metal headboards, which need very little upkeep and maintenance, a padded headboard will need special care. A headboard that is covered in leather, for example, will need to be cleaned and treated from time to time in order to keep the leather in good condition. This is especially true for people who live in areas that are known for dry weather and people who have to heat their homes for a significant part of the year. If the leather becomes too dry, it might crack, so it is important to condition it once or twice a year.

If the material that covers the headboard is fabric, be sure to consider whether it will be easy to clean. It is important to make sure that the fabric is resistant to stains and that it can be cleaned with a vacuum attachment or a damp cloth. Padded headboards are usually better for adult bedrooms than children's bedrooms, as kids are usually more prone to spills and stains than adults are. Those who want a fabric padded headboard but are concerned about stains and discoloration might want to choose a headboard that is upholstered in a dark fabric that will not show stains.

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