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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Simple, but elegant, the bright white and cream–color rooms are contrasted by dark walnut headboards and nightstands, while the faux fur throw strewn over the bed adds a hint of lavishness. Christina Liao, Vogue, "8 Celebrity-Favorite Hotels for Met Gala Weekend," 2 May 2019 Here are some best practices to follow to prevent bed bugs from returning: Know the Signs: Look for dried blood spots on your mattress, behind your headboard, and in other folds and seams on your bed. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Most Effective Bed Bug Treatment, According to Experts," 8 Apr. 2019 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

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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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