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How to Create a Panelled Headboard

Floor to ceiling headboard panelling
A panelled headboard is a fantastic way to add texture and interest to your bedroom, without the need for fussy wallpapers or bold and bright colours. Of course panelled headboards can work with these elements should you wish, but in many cases, a panelled headboard is striking and impactful on its own. If you are considering this look, here’s everything you need to know about how to create a panelled headboard…

Panelled Headboards Explained…

Panelled headboard walls provide a unique approach to the traditional headboard. Instead of the headboard being part of the bed, the panelled wall behind the bed becomes the headboard. Typically, this would involve panelling just a section of the wall, instead of the whole wall, as this gives the illusion of a headboard behind the bed. However, there are no rules here and should you want to play with scale, you could consider panelling the entire wall from floor to ceiling.

Types of Paneled Headboard Walls…

The style of panelling you decide to use will impact the overall look and feel of your space. Square and rectangle shaker style panelled walls work well in both modern and traditional properties, and are the most popular choice for a panelled headboard due to being symmetrical and uniform. These styles work best for this look, however you could look into alternative panelling styles, such as tongue and groove.


Once you’ve decided on the style of panelling that you want to use for your panelled headboard, it’s time to decide on the size and shape. The key here is to consider how big of an impact that you want to make. If you’re opting to create a more subtle look, try half wall panelling behind your bed, running across the full width of the wall. For more of a statement piece, go for floor to ceiling panelling that’s the width of the bed, or extend the panelling beyond the bed to finish at the outer edges of your bedside tables.

Designing and Installing your Panelled Headboard…

Once you’ve decided on a concept, it’s time to make your vision a reality. Before you look at ordering your panelling, consider your lighting plan, as typically you will want lighting of some sort on either side of the bed. Wall lights work particularly well with panelled headboards, so consider whether you might need to get an electrician to do any wiring or fit new lighting before or after you install your panelling.

Next it’s time to buy your panelling. Today there’s little need to use wood to create your panelling. Instead use MDF panel strips, which work just as well, but are much more cost effective. When it comes to measuring up and buying your panelling strips,  take the guesswork out of and make the whole job easier with our headboard panelling kit creator. Allowing you to preview your design and providing an instant quote, all you have to do is input the height and width of the area you want to panel. You will then receive your kit, cut to size and ready to install. We even offer a free priming service, so that once it’s on the wall, all that’s left to do is paint your panelled headboard in your chosen colour.

A panelled headboard is a great way to make a statement in your bedroom, and is sure to elevate your scheme.

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