Headboard Sizes (King, Queen, Full & Twin Dimensions)

In this headboard sizes guide you’ll find the different king, queen, full, and twin headboard dimensions, a size chart, and how to measure for a bed headboard.
Headboard sizesOne may think that a headboard in a bed is just a decorative element for aesthetics, but it is more than what it looks like. The headboard protects the wall. It also supports a homeowner’s head when they are reclining or laying close to the wall, and a headboard is also there to prevent the pillows from falling on the floor. 

Aside from the design a homeowner wants to have for their headboard. There is also the consideration of the right size because a too big or a too small headboard against the bed frame and the foam will look irregular and out of place.

King Size Headboard Dimensions 

King size headboard dimensionsThe width is probably the most critical dimension a homeowner should consider in a bed frame. Knowing the correct bed frame width will ensure that the headboard is attached correctly to the bed frame. In choosing the perfect bed and headboard for a room, the bedroom size and all the other furniture pieces like side tables and dressers should also be considered. 

The king-size headboard is perfect for a king-size bed of 76 by 80 inches or 193 by 203 centimeters. Headboards for a king-size bed will have a width of 80 inches or 203 centimeters. 

Height is also essential, and most king-size headboards are 58 inches or about 147 centimeters high. Homeowners can also choose a taller headboard for aesthetics, and there are adjustable headboards if they are a little indecisive about what to get for their king-size bed. 

Aside from the king-size mattress, there are more extensive California king-size beds that will need an appropriate headboard. The headboard width for a California king-size bed extends to 74 inches or about 188 centimeters. Heights will vary from 65 to 70 inches or 165 to 178 centimeters and even taller, depending on a homeowner’s preference. 

Queen Headboard Dimensions 

Headboard size for queen full twinSize is just one factor with aesthetics, and there are many others, including what the headboard is made of, whether it is made in wood or metal or upholstered and quilted or not. Metal headboards give a nice modern feel to a room, and it is also the most cost-effective option compared to woods like maple or oak headboards. 

One of the most common bed sizes available in many homes is a queen-size bed and mattress and matching a headboard to go with it. A queen mattress is 60 by 80 inches or about 153 by 203 centimeters, and the perfect headboard size to go with this is 62 inches or 157 centimeters from side to side, while the height can differ from 28 inches or 71 centimeters and taller if that’s what they want. 

Full Size Headboard Dimensions 

Full size bed headboard with velvet material

Another standard bed size is the full-size bed, and getting the dimensions suitable for a headboard for this bed size is essential so the mattress will not wholly overwhelm and take over the room. The perfect width for a perfect headboard for this bed is 56 inches or about 142 centimeters from side to side. 

Heights will vary, but anything taller will be awkward for such a shorter bed. A perfect headboard height for a full-size bed is the same as a queen-size mattress at 28 inches or 71 centimeters from top to bottom. Although the heights of a full and queen headboard can be interchanged, the widths are fixed, and a queen-size headboard will not match a full and vice versa. 

Twin Headboard Dimensions 

What will work for a twin bed will also work for a twin XL, making shopping for the perfect headboard for these sizes pretty straightforward. Children or teenagers use most twin and twin XL, and the only difference between them is one is longer, which is the twin XL, and one is shorter. 

The headboard for both twin or twin XL has a width from side to side of 41 inches or 104 centimeters. Headboards for this size are usually smaller to save space and also not to be too big compared to the bed. The suggested room size for this bed and headboard is anywhere not smaller than 7 by 10 feet or about 2.13 by 3.05 meters. 

Headboard Sizes Chart 

Beautiful bed with padded headboard

Here is a helpful chart for any homeowners’ needs when it comes to choosing the right headboard. 

Bed or Mattress Size Headboard Width in Inches Headboard Width in Centimeters Mattress Dimensions Minimum Room Size
Twin and Twin XL 41 inches 104 centimeters 38 by 75 inches or 97 by 191 centimeters 7 by 10 feet or 2.13 by 3.05 meters
Full 56 inches 142 centimeters  53 by 75 inches or 135 by 191 centimeters 10 by 10 feet or 3.05 by 3.05 meters
Queen 62 inches  157 centimeters 60 by 80 inches or 153 by 203 centimeters 10 by 10 feet or 3.05 by 3.05 meters
King 80 inches  203 centimeters 76 by 80 inches or about 193 by 203 centimeters 12 by 12 feet or 3.65 by 3.65 meters
California King 74 inches   188 centimeters 72 by 84 inches or approximately 183 by 213 centimeters 12 by 12 feet or 3.65 by 3.65 meters

How To Measure A Headboard? 

Measuring a headboard for a home is a straightforward process, and all homeowners need to do is simply measure their mattress from side to side and add a few inches to frame the headboard to the bed.

Another foolproof method is knowing the mattress size and matching the size with the most appropriate headboard dimensions, which is made easy by the many charts available on the inter web. 

How Big Should A Headboard Be? 

Bedroom with plush bed pillows chandelier bedside tables with lamp shades indoor plant board and batten wallThe perfect headboard for a bed should match the mattress and the bed frame size. Although there is more flexibility when choosing the headboard height according to their needs and design choices, the widths are pretty fixed and need to be exact to be functional and proportionate to frame the bed.

So getting it higher and thicker is the best option for a more luxurious looking headboard. As long as you know the mattress size, the headboard will be easy to choose and purchase. 

See more related content in our article about the types of headboards on this page.

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Sarah Reyes is a writer and blogger with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting (BABr) degree from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She writes about interior design ideas and is a fan of minimalist designs.

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