Give Your Bedroom A Unique Style With An Upholstered Headboard

Bedrooms are generally one of the most difficult rooms to decorate because of the tiny details that are needed to put together a finished look.  The overall look of the the space is greatly affected by the size of the room.  It is the one room in your home that you should pay special attention to because it is where you go to relax and escape from daily stress. One thing that is certain is that  every bedroom should have some type of headboard whether  it is wooden,upholstered, or some other style as this will anchor your bed.  When determining which  headboard style best fits your room, you need to ask yourself a couple of general questions.

1. Am I contemporary or traditional in style?

2. How do I want the headboard to function in the room?

Determining if you are contemporary or traditional in style

When deciding what headboard will work best for the room, these questions are important to consider because it will allow you to utilize the space as productively as possible.  One difficult task that challenges many of us is determining if we like contemporary or traditional styles the best.  Many individuals who are redecorating their interior space have a hard time with this because they are unsure of what “contemporary” or “traditional” even means.   I have provided pictures below with a brief description to help envision how each style will change the look of the room!

Traditional Headboard

Surface Tufted Traditional Headboard with Noches

Surface Tufted Traditional Headboard with notches

When designing in a traditional style, a good rule of thumb is that traditional styles generally have more ornamental details than those that are contemporary.   The picture shown above is a surface tufted headboard with a band and notched corners bordered with nail-heads.    Although fabrics and patterns will determine how traditional this design can look, generally the more details in a design, the more it is considered traditional.

Transitional Headboards

Transitional Biscuit Tufted Headboard

Transitional Biscuit Tufted Headboard

A current trend that is popular these days is tufting.  Tufting traditionally began in the 17th century when furniture like the “Chesterfield Sofa” marked its presence.   Since this time the look of a tuft has become more simplistic in form than the traditional versions that were either biscuit/square tufting or diamond tufts.  When tufting originated, little buttons would hold the tufts in place, but with modern technology this look can be create without the button giving it a more modern look.  Transitional looks are generally created by taking a traditional style and merging it with a more modern look.

Contemporary Headboards

Contemporary Platform Bed with Upholster Headboard

Contemporary Platform Bed with Upholster Headboard

Contemporary aesthetics generally call for minimalist qualities in the space.  Common traits in contemporary styles are linear lines and less ornamental details.  Many of the contemporary designs are  lower to the ground giving them that sleek modern look.  Not all contemporary designs are extra low, but the particular look shown above pulls from the lowness of asian aesthetics.

How functional is my Headboard?

For most of us, function is very important in any furniture piece that we decide to buy.  Many of us like to read in bed before going to sleep, or will play soft music to help us relax.  Since most of us need some sort of storage compartment for our things, we need a “side table” to hold them or a “hidden compartmental headboard” in which to place them.  If you prefer to hide your items after using them, then most likely you would buy a headboard on the contemporary side ,which would offer moving, hidden compartments.  These are usually made of  wood and will generally not be an upholstered headboard.  For those individuals that use side tables as a place to store items, upholstered headboards are a great way to give the room an inviting ambiance.

When deciding what fabric to use on a headboard, you generally want to choose something that will adapt to the room over time as your decor changes and still remain durable.  You may not realize this but  headboards  get a lot of use especially for people who read at night or watch TV from their beds.  When we  lean up against our headboard we transfer oils from our  skin and head into the fabric or leather.  This will discolor the headboard over time.  A good rule of thumb is to choose a fabric with a texture or a leather with a high finish on it.  This will help hide soil stains in the headboard.

Another thing to consider when choosing fabric is pattern.  As current trends start to change more frequently, you see the trendiest patterns becoming obsolete.  By choosing a simplistic, solid fabric for your headboard, and using patterns for pillows and bedding, you allow your room to stay more versatile for longer periods of time.  This will help keep the headboard as functional as possible for as long as you use it.

There are many things to consider when searching for any furniture piece.  Determining your style is one of the hardest things that you need to decide.  Once you determine that then everything else tends to fall into place more easily. Your bedroom is one place in your home where you want to feel peace and tranquility. When you enter you should feel a sense of calmness that will transform into a good night’s sleep. Spending extra time to make it that perfect getaway from everyday stress is well worth it!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


Frugality in Furniture…Looking at Younger Generations Perspectives vs. Older Generations Perspectives

How does buying high quality furniture translate into frugality in furniture purchases? We need to look at the older generation’s philosophy about consumer spending.  Most of the  people over 40 have a different perspective when buying furniture than a person in their twenties.  As buyers begin to establish themselves financially they also  begin to see furniture as an investment just as their parents did. They are savy enough to know that quality does not come cheap and know that ” You pay for what you get!”  is generally true. They understand that there is a reason why you pay more for a better product. They also did not grow up in as disposable a society as we have seen in the last generation.

Fabrics and Frames Furniture has been endorsing quality furniture for 34 years and has found that in the last decade or so we have predominantly catered to the over 40 consumer.  On occasion we do come across a savy younger shopper who understands and appreciates quality in furniture.    But why doesn’t every younger person shop with quality in mind?  As someone in their late twenties, I frequently come across peers who say that they don’t want to spend $2,000 plus for a sofa that will last them a lifetime because they see furniture as disposable and want to constantly change their room every couple of years.  They are still learning who they are and what their style is. Although I see their point that a room can become stagnant, I don’t understand why they will spend $1000 plus for a sofa that they will only get to use for 3-5 years before it begins to fall apart.  I try to show them how it will be more economical for them to spend more on a quality piece in a furniture style that is classic and  change the small accessories around the room to update their look every couple of years.

On  Sunday, August 18, 2012, I  came across an article in the Dallas Morning News called Think long-term when shopping for new furniture  which explained how we have had a consumer  mentality of  being wasteful.  We have been living by certain  mottoes such as: “Buy Cheap”, “If it breaks, throw it away” and ” When you’re tired of something, give it away and start over.”   We are constantly reminded that economic times are still hard for many even though they have improved over the last couple of years.  With this in mind, isn’t it more economical to invest in a product that you have always wanted or really love that will give you years and years of use?  We need to get back to the  days of our grandparents who bought furniture to keep for years and would reupholster several times before discarding it.  Refurbish, restyle, and reuse are becoming more in vogue as our society is beginning to see the errors of its ways in being so disposable.  Our society is becoming more aware of its wastefulness which is a great thing. As we watch our landfills grow and water supplies shrink we are getting back to a more frugal society more like our ancestors. We find more and more classic furniture options in the stores today.The classic styles of sofas that have been around for centuries  can have an eclectic style that fits in with the current trends.  Some of the styles  include the chesterfield sofa, mid-century style sofas, and danish styled sofas.  What all of these pieces have in common are linear lines  which do not become dated as our tastes change. They adapt well to whatever the new trends bring us.

This chesterfield styled sofa has roots dating back to early 18th century furniture. To enhance a contemporary feel, this sofa can handle vibrant colors as well as neutral tones.

This particular piece of furniture has many straight linear lines with in the furniture frame itself, juxtaposed with minor rounded corners to create a softer home look. Small tapered legs give it a modern, low to the ground appeal.

This particular style of furniture is classic because it started to emerge around the early 1940’s and 1950’s. Great classic shows like “I love Lucy” and “Dick van Dyke” would show this style of furniture in the background. Currently in high demand among individuals, this straight lined retro sofa is a great way to stay economical and frugal in your furniture!

Since Fabrics and Frames is a manufacturer, we are often called upon to  help out many of our neighbor furniture companies in the Dallas area by repairing  structural damages in their furniture.  Fixing structural damages in other manufacturer’s furniture allows us to see the many differences in how they construct their furniture versus how we construct our furniture.  Many manufacturers no longer offer the option of a real spring system.  One reason for this is because they can acquire higher profit margins by using a webbing system and can offer their product for a lower retail price. This type of support system does not hold up over the long term.  Another thing that has changed in the furniture world is the type of woods that some manufacturers are using. At Fabrics and Frames Furniture we only use  hard woods  such as  oak so that our frames will never split or crack.  Some manufacturers are no longer using hardwoods in there frame construction  because it is more economical for them to build with other  woods such as pine and even plywood.  Hardwoods are a bit more expensive to build with and  using softer woods such as pine to build out of is definitely more cost effective initially but not in the long term.   When using a less sturdy wood  the frame is much easier to brake or split. In the end buying a less expensive piece of furniture may not always be the most economical considering you will have to replace it much more often.

Sofa not using Hardwoods in Furniture Frame.  Example of how sofa can split and brake in half when not properly supported.

So as a younger individual, how can I create a room that I will be able to change as I change with just a few minor details?  

One way that you can enhance frugality in your furniture buying is to purchase simple, solid colored pieces.  There are a number of colors that will complement almost any color combination.  These colors are beige, taupe, brown, black  and grey.  They are considered neutral tones and depending on your aesthetics can be used in traditional, transitional, or contemporary settings.

When using a black sofa in the room, most of the time it gives a contemporary feel. This is not always the case, and really depends on the style of the piece of furniture. You can liven up the room with bright colors such as red or gold.

Using a neutral colored sofa such as taupe will give you the option to punch color in the room with small accessories such as pillows!

Classic Chesterfield Sofa looks great in any neutral color tone. This creates a nostalgic feel in the room.

Grey Sofa infused with pink accessories

Remember that you don’t have to invest in high quality pieces of furniture everywhere in your home.  If you focus on quality in the main areas of your home where your furniture gets the most use, you will be able to expand the longevity of your furniture.  For many this area would be the  living room and television rooms of your home where most of the activities of your household take place. For other areas of your home that get much less use it is perfectly fine to purchase a lower quality piece that will fit the space. You can fill in with lower quality decorative occasional pieces that are mostly for looks and  style to complete those rooms that are rarely used. Since these pieces will not get lots of use they should last you for many years!

Recycling is becoming a necessity as our natural resources are dwindling and our environment is at risk.  So the next time you start your search for a new sofa or chair remember to focus on quality just as your parents and grandparents did. It will last you for years to come and maybe even your children and grandchildren can enjoy your purchase as well as a better world because of your frugality!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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