head·​board | \ ˈhed-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce headboard (audio) \

Definition of headboard

: a board forming the head (as of a bed)

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Plywood is fine for creating large panels in the headboard or footboard, but choose solid wood for all structural components. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 The collection, which is available for purchase today, includes six fabrics from the Scalamandré archive and one brand new print, all of which can be paired with any of The Inside’s frames—from screens to headboards and more. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Inside Collaborates with Scalamandré on First-Ever Heritage Collection," 19 Feb. 2019 No bland decor here; rooms are designed with the Mediterranean in mind, with vivid royal blues and handsome tufted headboards. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from San Diego," 5 Mar. 2018 That’s because beds are relatively simple structures, consisting of just five basic components: a headboard, footboard, two horizontal rails, and wooden slats that span the rails and support the box spring. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 Today, the company announced a new line of home items—like chairs, pillows, headboards, and ottomans—in Scalamandré’s signature zebra print. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Channel Margot Tenenbaum With the New Scalamandré x The Inside Collaboration," 19 Feb. 2019 Similarly, a coffee table is approximately the same height as the seat of a chair and a bed headboard looks remarkably similar to a simple wooden dining table. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Clever furniture line transforms 6 pieces into 25+ uses," 9 Aug. 2018 There are more than 35 pieces in the collection, including wood furniture (coffee and side tables) as well as upholstered items (couches and headboards). Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "You’re Going To Want Everything From Young House Love’s Upcoming Wayfair Line," 12 Nov. 2018 There are scenes from Robert Burns’s poetry carved into the lobby’s chimney and contemporary verse by Alec Finlay, a poet-in-residence of sorts, inscribed on headboards. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "A New Hotel From the Hauser & Wirth Art Dealers," 3 Dec. 2018

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1701, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of headboard

: an upright board at the end of a bed where you rest your head


head·​board | \ ˈhed-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce headboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of headboard

: a vertical board at the head of a bed

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