01 Oct History and Benefits of Headboards
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we’re proud to be your one-stop shop for all mattresses and sleep-related accessories. Our mattress specialists won’t quit until we’ve gotten you the right materials to promote a great sleep every night.
One important appliance you’ll have to make a decision on when purchasing a new bed: The headboard. We have a wide stock of headboards available for purchase in a variety of styles and materials, each of which can work with several different bed and mattress types. Here are some basics on the history of headboards, their modern uses, and what they’re practical for as you decide whether or not to purchase one for your next bed setup.
History of Headboards
Headboards have been around for centuries, but they didn’t originate for the same purposes they now hold in the bedroom. Think back to a time when modern heating and air technology didn’t exist – it was much harder to keep the home warm, particularly at night, and this could lead to some discomfort while sleeping.
One solution folks came up with? The headboard, which was meant to provide a barrier between the wall and the edge of the bed. Walls are known to get very cold within the home, and this was even more true centuries ago when insulation wasn’t anywhere near what it is today (or often wasn’t present at all). A headboard was able to help shield off some of this cold from reaching the sleeper during earlier parts of history, serving a very specific purpose.
What about today, then? With modern insulation and heating capabilities, anyone who can afford a headboard is also surely not dealing with the same kind of evening heating concerns as they did a few hundred years ago.
Headboards still serve a functional purpose, however. For one, they might help stabilize the bed – this can lead to a more comfortable night of sleep, which can improve your overall health. For another, many headboards today are made with built-in spaces perfect for holding medications, books, clocks or other items that might be tough to reach during sleep. They’re also great as an assist that you can grab while you stand up or lay down if you deal with mobility issues or any pain. They also keep pillows from falling off the bed at night while you sleep.
And finally, the headboard serves an aesthetic purpose in the modern bedroom as well. A stylish headboard is often the baseline for the entire design template in a bedroom, bringing a comfort and coziness that can’t be replicated with too many other items. Being comfortable often has a significant effect on sleep quality.
For more on the history and benefits of the headboard, or to learn about any of our mattresses for sale, speak to the pros at 2 Brothers Mattress today.