I have been searching for a unique headboard that fits my style and budget for a few months now, and I have come up empty. Honestly. I cannot find much that I like. How is that possible? I featured these headboards last month, and they’re alright, but I don’t love any of them enough to make them my own.
I do keep coming back to this French bed. I just love the curved footboard:
The French beds below have also grabbed my attention. I like the carvings and the caning These beds are much more feminine than other pieces of furniture that I own, and I like that they remind me of France.
chateau upholstered bed
Eloquence Louis XVI King Cane
Blanca cane bed
French Bergere bed
The Sophie – and the others above – are pricey, and at the moment, I am trying to concentrate on my next big reno, rather than a major furniture purchase. I do really want a bed, but I also can’t decide if I should go for a queen or king bed. Queen is plenty big, but king is oh, so, fabulous. A king is just so grand.
In addition to the French beauties, I also lean toward simple boxed beds as well as tufted beds, scrollwork beds, metal beds, and upholstered beds. I’m sort of just scattered. Just when I think I know what I like and want, things change. Here are some beds that I think are pretty, but I’m not certain any of them are me. You know? I thought I’d document them so that I can keep this as a handy reference guide. Maybe in another month, one of them will continue to be floating around in my mind, which will force me to just bite the bullet and make a purchase.
Category A: Boxy
1. I like the extreme boxiness of this bed.
Bradford linen bed
2. This bed is airy boxy. I like that the bed is basically floating.
white deco bed
3. This bed is the classic box bed. A squared off headboard paired with a normal bed skirt. I prefer beds that have a footboard, I think.
Noe slipcovered headboard and skirt
Category B: Tufted
1. I think I actually like the fluffy duvet more than the tufted, curved, and notched headboard. This bed looks really comfortable.
Henley tufted bed
2. This is in between curvy and boxy. I thought I really liked it, but now that I’m staring at it, I can’t tell if the middle bump looks more like a mistake than an intentional design.
Davidson tufted bed
3. Here’s a squared off lightly tufted headboard with a wrap-around base. It looks really neat and sleek. I don’t think i could every make my sheets that tight.
Quadrant California bed
Category C: Velvet
1. There’s only one bed in this category because velvet is a new addition to my bed brainstorm. I haven’t found many that I like, but I seem to really like the one below. I think I would like it better if it had a more substantial footboard. Still, I think I might add velvet to my headboard searches from now on. It’s so luxurious.
Kelly velvet wingback bed
Category D: French Inspired
1. I don’t mind this bed, but I haven’t fallen in love with it. It’s a nice option.
Palais upholstered bed
2. I like the simplicity of the wood frame and white upholstery, but I think I would prefer this bed if it had straight edges. The angled frame seems to diminish the grandeur of this bed. I like that it has a decent sized footboard.
Marie upholstered bed
3. I really like the bed below. It feels like modern French to me. It’s not crisp white like some of the other versions, but it feels feminine and warm.
woven accent bed
4. I love the cane detail in the bed below. It’s a very simple no-fuss bed frame.
Harbour cane bed
5. The bed below also has a French flavour to it. It’s a classic design. It’s tidy, feminine, and pretty. I think it would look great with additional throw pillows.
Gray Louis bed
6. The bed below looks like the bed above except it doesn’t have the added finials/mini posts. It’s a good looking bed, but nothing really out of the ordinary.
Category E: Spindles
1. Here’s a Jenny-Lind-for-adults bed. I like the spindles, but I don’t think I want a four-poster bed at the moment.
Gwendoline spindle bed
Category F: Metal
1. I originally thought that I could easily do a metal bed, but now I’m realizing that it has to be a really beautiful metal bed. My sister has the most gorgeous metal bed in her guest room. I wonder if she would notice if I took it back home with me. I haven’t seen anything quite like hers in the marketplace. The ones that are more common have simple lines and frames. Here’s a curved version:
coventry arched steel bed
2. Here’s a straightforward rectangular shape:
Braden steel panel bed
3. Here’s a no-fuss airy version:
Imogene metal bed
Category G: Unique
1. I think I would really love having a peacock headboard like the one below. I think it could look really cool against a white wall for the white-on-white look (as in my home). I think I really do prefer a full bed frame package though, and I haven’t seen a version of this peacock headboard that comes with a footboard.
2. I think the headboard below is really a work of art.
There are so many options! How’s a girl to decide?
I prepared the above post, and was set to publish it, but then more beds came my way. Hope you’re not sleeping yet as I have more beds to share! A couple of weeks ago, I was at a friend’s house and took a double-take at the furniture in her kid’s nursery. Yes, a nursery. Her little girl’s bedroom set is French and feminine and lovely. When my friend said that eventually she was going to get a queen bed to match the set, I had to ask her where it was from. When she said it was from Restoration Hardware, I wondered why I had never noticed it there? “Probably because you weren’t looking in the kids’ section, Jordana,” she said. Yeah. Exactly. Well, now I am! In addition to this pretty bedroom set that my friend bought for her daughter, Restoration Hardware has plenty of gorgeous French beds. Who knew?
I think I might have to have this one:
Belle upholstered bed, Restoration Hardware
Isn’t it gorgeous? I just love it. Luckily, it does actually come in a queen version. I’d really like to see the queen-sized bed in person to make sure that an actual adult can fit in it. You know?
A few others from Restoration Hardware (Child & Baby) that I like are:
Adele bed, Restoration Hardware
Quatrefoil bed, Restoration Hardware
The adult bed collections are much more substantial and heavy; there’s nothing dainty or light about any of them (well, maybe only the Lorraine or the Josephine). Do any of you have experience with Restoration Hardware beds? What are the chances that the Belle will look adult-sized in a queen? Let the bed hunt continue…
Images via Crate & Barrel, One Kings Lane, Serena & Lily, West Elm.