A headboard is defined as a piece of furniture that is attached to the head of a bed. Traditionally a headboard was used to isolate the sleeper from drafts and cold walls. The headboard would leave space between the bed and the wall and allow the cold air to sink to the floor. If the bed was pushed against the wall then the cold air would settle on the bed making the sleeper uncomfortable. Headboards were made out of wood because wood becomes less cold than bricks or stones. Humanity has made tremendous progress over the years and the improvements in architecture have made the traditional function of a headboard redundant. Still headboard beds are very popular and in this article we will find out more about modern headboards and what the advantages of a headboard bed are.
Colonial times saw headboards becoming a source of currency for Europe as extravagant headboards were being exported from Europe to various parts of the world. Today, the modern consumer can choose from a variety of assorted headboards, from metal, to wood, to the upholstered kind. The type of headboard he chooses should compliment the room. Metal headboards with a basic structure give a modernist, minimal feel while those with intricate carvings lend a decorative air to the room with a touch of modernity. For those who prefer the old fashioned look, wooden headboards are an excellent option. Decorative wooden headboards add an instant touch of royal glamour to the room. Those who prefer comfort over aesthetics can opt for upholstered headboards as they are very comfortable to recline on. One can chose plain or patterned textiles. Leather is a better option as it is easy to clean.
Pharaohs in ancient Egypt had headboards made of ebony, sliver and gold. The English preferred headboards fashioned out of wood, sometimes with intricate carvings. However, it was the Greeks who created whacky and unique headboards! These headboards could of course be used for warmth while sleeping, or as support in a semi reclined position as well as a table on which they could eat their food! Here, the headboard took on the role of three pieces of furniture in one! It was during medieval times that people started realizing the dual function of headboards not only as a bed warmer but also as a valuable accessory to enhance the look of the room and prominently display the status and wealth of the owner. Thus wooden headboards with intricate carvings were high in demand for those who could afford them. Upholstered headboards also became stylish during this time for their comfort as well as the intensely luxurious feel they lent to the bedroom. Some wooden headboards form the medieval times were so strong that they can be found in an excellent condition, even today.
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