Written by Jeremy Horelick
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If you're a home design aficionado, you already know the range of options that exist even in something as common as headboards. Sure, you can go to Ikea and buy a standard pine headboard for a few dollars, and this is a great tack for some people. College students in particular, as well as those just starting out in life, don't have a ton of discretionary cash and therefore can't afford custom headboards.

For a little more money, however, you can design headboards that are wholly unique in their look and texture. Or you can opt for a headboard that matches some other design element in your bedroom such as your wood-carved armoire or mantel. Go for a low-relief carving or any other sort of tableau you can imagine. Or choose a distinctive cast resin panel that provides an interesting texture to match the finish.

Headboards Aren't Just Functional

Sure, headboards can keep you from rolling off the top of your bed, especially if you're a "creeper," but they also make a definite style statement as well. Children's headboards may be engraved with fantastical sequences or characters, or may even have their names carved in to denote just who sleeps there. Exotic timber veneers give some headboards a one-of-a-kind look that you'll never reproduce with your selection from Home Depot or some other "big box" store.

Another major advantage of custom-made headboards is that they can be tailored to any size bed. Whether you have a single, a twin, a queen, or a king, your headboard will be built to spec for a natural and great-looking match. Moreover, you can design your headboard to match your wood carved beds, fireplace mantels, or any other piece of furniture in your home.

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