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Upholstered headboards are gorgeous focal points, so they’re designed to be grand—and “grand” often means tall. Check your ceiling height, particularly if you have an angled ceiling, to make sure you have enough clearance around the headboard’s top and sides. In our storage bases, the drawer opens and extends outward from the footboard—not to the side. Measure to make sure you have enough space between your footboard and your wall or adjacent furniture, so you can fully open the drawer.
Yes, but keep in mind that quality matters. Over time, if materials are of low quality, or they’re not properly cared for, upholstered headboards become discolored by scalp and hair oils. Investing in high-quality performance fabric or leather, like what we offer at Ethan Allen, ensures durability and long-lasting good looks.
We engineer the performance fabrics on our fabric bed frames for stain resistance and easy cleaning. We also offer many protected leather options to keep your upholstered leather bed looking beautiful over time. To see a fabric or leather in person before you order an upholstered bed, find your fabric or leather in our library and request a free swatch.
It depends. Ethan Allen beds are custom-made and tailored by hand. Seam position depends on the fabric or leather you choose. The repeat of the pattern, the way the tailor positions the material—all these factors will be unique to each fabric or leather. If you’re very particular about seam placement, we recommend that you visit a Design Center, so a designer can help you make the best fabric or leather choice.
Any Ethan Allen designer can help you; just visit or call a Design Center or click our Designer Chat button. You can also use this chart to find a mattress that works with your upholstered bed. If you’re still not sure which type of mattress is best for your sleep style, click here to take our sleep survey, and we will give you a personalized recommendation.
Many of our upholstered bed frames come with storage bases, which may position your mattress higher or lower than a standard bed base does. Most people prefer to sleep between 24" and 30"above the floor, so when you choose your mattress and foundation, add 1) the height of the base, 2) the height of the mattress, and 3) the height of the foundation. If the sum is between 24" and 30", you’ll be in that just-right zone.
Yes, Ethan Allen upholstered beds require a foundation. For Ethan Allen upholstered storage beds, which have a higher base, we recommend an ultra-low foundation.
No, so if you love the experience of using a motion base, choose a standard bed base for your upholstered bed. Storage bases are not compatible with motion bases.
Do you have more questions? Click the Designer Chat icon, or contact your local Design Center—we’re happy to help!