Inspired by boutique hotels, headboards are a key trend in contemporary bedroom designs.

Follow the interiors professionals’ lead and select a big headboard for your luxury bed. Simon Horn offers custom headboards, made to order in the UK, allowing you to specify everything from style and size to their own upholstery fabrics and finishing detailing.

A Brief History of the Headboard

Archaeological evidence in Ancient Egypt suggests that headboards were created for a practical purpose, designed to act as a barrier against draughts to keep you warm during sleep. Made of wood with thicker end pillars in order to create distance from the wall so that cold air would sink to the floor rather than onto the bed. A headboard was a sign of social status with the richer having more elaborate designs and the poorer had nothing or made their fashioned from straw and cloth. In the time of Ancient Greece, headboards began to have cushioning and extra support, some of them carved out of ebony, silver and gold, which are depicted in many early drawings and were typically more for show than comfort. Major changes were made to the headboard in the Middle Ages largely due to the invention of four-poster and canopied beds, again linked to wealth and status.  Typically the bed was the most expensive piece of furniture in the home and the headboard became even more elaborate. Many headboards from this period are still in  existence and in good condition today, which further emphasises the sums their owners would have paid for their creation at the time.

Simon Horn winged headboard

This Simon Horn Winged Beaufort headboard was specified by RFR Property’s Interior Design Team for this elegant loft-style London apartment. The custom-made Beaufort with its classic studded detailing was upholstered in Kirkby Designs’ Oxford in ‘Midnight’, creating a cool, sophisticated, yet welcoming look. Beaufort Headboard: from £2500 for 180cm/6ft Super King size.

For more information on their bespoke headboards, contact Simon Horn: 638-640 Kings Road, London SW6 2DU, t: 020 7731 3555 http://www.simonhorn.com

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