How to Choose the Right Headboard for an Adjustable Bed

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Quick Overview

Here at Yaasa, we believe that you don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality. You want something to work really well, but you also want it to look good, right? Let’s take your bed as the perfect example. Is it really possible to have an adjustable bed that looks as sleek as its customizable features? Many people worry that they can’t use their regular headboard or buy one that fits an adjustable bed frame. You deserve to reap the health benefits of sleeping in a zero gravity position with an adjustable bed without it being a constant eyesore.

Well, fear not! Most standard size headboards actually do fit with Yaasa adjustable beds and we can’t wait to show you!

Main Benefits of a Headboard for Adjustable Bed

Do you actually need a headboard to accompany your adjustable bed? While it’s not a necessity, many people believe that a headboard, footboard, and bed frame add a significant amount of style to a bed. In addition, headboards are highly functional. Here are the main reasons why people choose a headboard:

  • Completes the Look of the Bed
    A headboard is like the garnish on a dish, it’s a finishing touch that elevates a room and makes a bed feel more complete. You can customize your headboard just as you would choose any other feature in your room to match your personality and style.
  • Protects the Walls
    If your bed is against the wall as many are, a headboard protects the wall from abrasion. When you are sleeping, your head will frequently touch the surface behind you. If this is a wall, it is constantly going to be picking up the oils and dirt from your hair. If you’ve ever been advised not to touch a wall, you’ll understand why. Walls are very hard to clean and they will show stains easily if they are light in color. However, if you have a headboard made out of a sturdy material or dark fabric, you don’t have to worry about small marks showing up on the surface. Headboards are also much easier to clean! [1]
  • Provides Extra Insulation
    In the winter, poorly insulated walls can let in the cold from outside. A headboard acts as a shield, keeping you warm within the confines of the bed and blocking the cold air from reaching your sensitive head.
  • Adds Comfort
    You’ll find that a headboard is much more comfortable to lean on than the wall. If you have a soft, fabric headboard with padding, it is almost like an additional pillow that supports you.
  • Props Up Pillows
    If you’ve ever tried to put pillows against a wall, you’ll realize that they don’t stand up very well or look nice. A headboard provides the support to hold up as many pillows as you want in an organized fashion.

What Kind of Headboard Can I Use with an Adjustable Bed?

When you’re looking for a decorative headboard, footboard, or bed frame for your adjustable bed, you should first consider the dimensions of everything. Whether you have a Twin XL, Queen, King, or Split King bed, you want the headboard to match up with the width.

Luckily, The Yaasa Adjustable Bed works seamlessly with most headboards and bed frames, so there is no worry when it comes to picking out these extras. You can even use mattresses and bed frames you already had before you bought the adjustable bed.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Headboard for Adjustable Beds

  • Style
    To begin choosing adjustable bed headboards, think about what your decor tastes are. [2] Pick out a headboard that matches your room aesthetic and that makes you feel happy. Do you want an artistic wooden headboard that makes a statement, a minimal headboard made of fresh white linen, or a dark velvet headboard? Consider how it makes you feel: cozy, calm, dramatic? Do you want it to be hard or soft? Think about the color and how it will coincide with your room furnishings.
  • Adjustable Height
    Some adjustable headboards offer customization to allow you to extend the height and make it taller or shorter. Alternatively, you can buy a headboard that you know will be taller than your adjustable bed. This is ideal when working with an adjustable bed because you will want to set the headboard at a height that is taller than the upright setting on your bed. Keep in mind that ideally, the adjustable bed headboard should be at least a foot taller than your mattress. When it comes to footboards, most people prefer theirs to be slightly shorter than the headboard.
  • Compatibility with Bed Frame
    If you are not planning to have a matching bed frame with your headboard, you will want to choose a headboard that at least complements the rest of the bed. When in doubt, keep things simple and go with a neutral tone headboard that won’t detract from your room furnishings and bed frame.
  • Size
    Measure your adjustable bed and your room before ordering a headboard and bed frame. You don’t want to have to deal with returns because it doesn’t fit!

Headboard Ideas for Adjustable Bed

There are so many headboards on the market that will look great with your adjustable bed. Discover the most popular types of adjustable bed headboards below!

1. Upholstered Headboard

Headboard for Adjustable Bed

If ‘more is more’ is your motto for life, you should look into an upholstered headboard. An upholstered headboard is one of the most popular headboards for adjustable bed frames because it makes any bedroom look elegant. The classically tufted design combined with your favorite fabric is sure to catch anyone’s attention. Fortunately, there is no shortage of upholstered headboards out there and you can choose from a variety of fabrics, prints, and finishes. Some of the most popular upholstered headboards feature details like buttons, welding, and nailhead trim.

Want to DIY an upholstered headboard? [3] You can create your own real-life work of art with a bit of wood, foam, and fabric. With many tutorials online, it’s a fun project to make your own headboard to accompany your adjustable bed!

2. Wooden Headboard

Beautiful, classic wooden headboards are a great choice for all different types of bedrooms. Depending on the type of wood and the way it is carved, wooden headboards can come across as traditional or modern. Regardless, wooden headboards will warm up any room and bring life to your space.

3. Bookcase Headboard

Love to read? Then this is the best headboard for you! If you have a relatively small space and need more storage, a bookcase headboard will create an additional place to store your favorite knick-knacks while being very attractive and organized. In addition to books, you can add a jewelry box, candles, faux flowers and other decorative objects you would like to highlight in this personal space.

bookshelf headboard

4. Metal Headboard

If you’re looking for a more contemporary headboard, metal headboards are generally more sleek looking than their wooden or upholstered counterparts. There are many different types of metal to choose from including stainless steel, wrought iron, brass, and aluminum to suit an urban dwelling. If the metal is more intricate with scrollwork, the headboard can also come across as a beautiful antique. The Yaasa Adjustable Bed comes on a bed frame that is made of lightweight aluminum, so an aluminum headboard would match well if you like a minimal aesthetic.

metal headboard

How to Assemble an Attached Headboard for Adjustable Base?

Regardless of what type of bed base you are using, it is crucial that you learn how to install the headboard for the adjustable bed frame and footboard properly to avoid problems later on. You will need an extra hand for lifting and assembling most headboards, footboards, and bed frames unless they are made of very lightweight materials. When you are using a headboard and footboard that are attached to a bed frame, here are the steps that you will need to follow:

1. Assemble your Adjustable Base

First things first, you will need to put together your adjustable bed frame before you can install your headboard, footboard, or bed frame. Yaasa adjustable beds require some assembly with straightforward instructions and a helpful video to set up the adjustable features. If you have a different adjustable bed than the Yaasa version, make sure that it will be compatible with a headboard if you are planning on installing one.

Headboard for Adjustable Bed

2. Assemble the Headboard, Footboard, and Bed Frame 

With your adjustable base set up and in place in your room, go ahead and set up your bed frame, headboard, and footboard around the base. Depending on where you purchased these pieces from, they should come with steps for assembly and should fit securely around the adjustable bed base.

3. Add the Mattress

Place your mattress on your adjustable base and, with the help of the wireless remote, adjust the height of the foot or the head of your mattress to make sure that it is working correctly. You can adjust your Yaasa bed to the exact settings that make you feel the most comfortable, from sitting up to lying down. There is also a preset for Zero Gravity sleeping.

How to Assemble a Wall-Mounted Headboard

As Yaasa adjustable beds come with a sleek metal bed frame, you may choose to let this show and simply opt to add a separate headboard. This will involve screwing brackets into the wall to hold the headboard in place. Here are the steps to follow when assembling:

1. Assemble Your Adjustable Base

Start by putting together the adjustable base with the easy assembly instructions.

2. Add Your Mattress

Go ahead and add your mattress onto the bed frame to see if the height of the headboard needs to be adjusted.

3. Slide the Headboard into Place

Now, pull your bed out from your wall, then slide the headboard into place behind it. The headboard should align with the center of the bed. Mark the portions that extend on either side of the bed.

4. Find the Headboard Brackets

See if there are pre-installed mounting brackets for the headboard. If there are no brackets available, you can order them from the manufacturer of your adjustable base. The mounting holes that are found in your headboard should be in line with the slots in the brackets. You can install a bracket adapter if they do not line up.

5. Attach the Headboard

Have someone hold the headboard in place as you slide a bolt into the bracket and mounting hole. Do not screw it tight just yet. Once you have placed all the necessary bolts and you are happy with the overall appearance of the headboard, you may screw them in tightly to secure the headboard.

Can my Headboard Work with an Adjustable Bed?

If you are considering upgrading your bed system to The Yaasa Adjustable Bed, rest assured that you can still use your favorite headboard. Yaasa beds and mattresses work with most headboards and bed frames, as long as you purchase the right size to suit your needs. The benefits of an adjustable bed from Yaasa are endless, from relieving strain to your joints and muscles to helping you get a better night’s sleep. [4] Even better, the sleek design can blend seamlessly with your room decor without taking attention away from your headboard.

While they are always popular, statement headboards are trending in 2020 because they create a focal point in the bedroom that draws the eye to the center of the room. Your bedroom should be a reflection of you and your personal style and we love how decorative headboards complement the functionality of Yaasa beds. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the best of both worlds by pairing your favorite bed frame and headboard with a Yaasa adjustable bed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I attach my headboard to my adjustable bed?

The minimalist design of the Yaasa adjustable bed makes for seamless integration with most bedroom furniture sets and styles. 
Learn how to attach a headboard to an adjustable bed frame with our simple step by step guide.

Can I use the adjustable bed with my existing bed frame?

The Yaasa Adjustable Bed can fit into most existing bed frames. For slatted bed frames, the slats will most likely need to be removed. The Yaasa Adjustable Bed may also operate with its legs removed. Customers must use their own discretion when using the adjustable bed with a bed frame. Yaasa will not be held responsible for fitment, modifications or damage to a bed frame used in conjunction with the adjustable bed.

Will my current mattress work with the Yaasa Adjustable Bed?

Yes, the adjustable bed is compatible with most mattresses except waterbed mattresses and some traditional spring mattresses that use a border rod or wire.  If you are unsure if your current mattress will work with the adjustable bed, contact our customer support team at hello@yaasa.com or 855-622-3711
Read more about mattresses for an adjustable bed here.