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Selecting a Bedhead

May 13, 2018

A beautiful French-inspired bedhead is a great way to create focus in a bedroom.

A bedhead behind the bed creates a crowning effect – a centre point – and makes a statement that the bed is an important part of the room.

Timber frame bedhead with timber panel, finished in antique white.

There are two main types of bedhead. A timber frame with one of three options: an upholstered centre, a woven cane centre, or a timber panel. The other type is a fully upholstered bedhead with no timber frame.

The advantage of the woven cane option is that it creates a lighter, fresher look, which is especially appropriate to the Australian interior, climate and lifestyle.

The timber frame can be made in a variety of timber finishes, or can be both painted with trim or gold.

The fully upholstered bedhead, where there is no timber frame, can be particularly beautiful as this style emphasises the shape and fabric of the piece. One of our favourites is the baroque style, which has elegant curves and lines.

Fully upholstered bedhead.

Both the fully upholstered and timber frame can also be made with diamond buttons, which gives a formal traditional look.

The fully upholstered bedhead can also be further design enhanced by having a border – piped or studded – which creates a lovely effect. Linen, fully upholstered with maybe grey, brass or gunmetal studding is a very contemporary and elegant option, tying in with the Hamptons and modern French look.

The timber frame comes in both Louis 15 and 16 designs with carved ornaments at the top, which creates an elegant crowning effect. Another classic look for the timber frame is to have the acanthus carved leaf motif at top.

Timber frame with acanthus carving and diamond buttoned upholstered centre.

Bedheads can even be gilded, antique white, or timber and gold which suits the design which we call the Versailles: elaborate carved with rich fabric contrast trim gilding.

When the bedhead is matched with bedsides, it really creates this flow on shape from the crown down to the bedside, completing the room well.

A bed-end stool to match the bedhead is also a great option, as one does not then need a full-sized bed. This helps leave space that is especially important in small bedroom.

We suggest attaching the bedhead to the wall with clips. While resting on floor firmly it is attached to the wall, so if leaning against it while sitting in bed is won’t rattle or move. This also makes it easier for cleaning as you can pull the bed out of the head to clean underneath.

Timber frame bedhead with woven cane centre, finished in antique white.
Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.