11 Very Cool Upholstered Beds and Headboards for Kids

published Jul 29, 2022
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Blue upholstered heads on twin beds

When it comes time to move out of the crib and choose a big kid bed, an upholstered bed or headboard is a fun way to incorporate color or pattern into a bedroom that reflects the personality of your child. Upholstered beds can be incredibly cozy and add a layer of softness to a child’s room that’s otherwise filled with boxy wood fixtures and toys. Depending on the color, pattern or fabric choice, these beds can also add warmth and texture to a space, making crawling under the covers at night all the more inviting.

With all of that in mind, we found 11 upholstered beds and headboards that range in style from classic and timeless to minimalist and modern — styles we think would work well in a variety of kids’ rooms!

11 Upholstered Beds and Headboards for Kids’ Rooms

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Urban Outfitters

If you or your kids are obsessed with Van’s Shoes classic sporty checkerboard pattern, then this patterned upholstered headboard from Urban Outfitters is the perfect match. It comes in plenty of sizes and in four different colorways: white with black, green, taupe or sienna. The rounded corners help soften up the hard edge of the pattern, and because it’s a headboard only, it can easily be attached to any existing bed frame.

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Rifle Paper Co.

The little flora and fauna lover in your family will love this graphic headboard, certain to be the centerpiece of any forest or fairy inspired little bedroom. Rifle Paper company created a traditional curved shape with the option of a dozen different fabrics from brightly and colorful to wonderfully dark and moody. It’s available in five sizes and can be attached to an existing bed frame.

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West Elm

Designer Sarah Sherman Samuel teamed up with West Elm Kids to debut a furniture and accessory collection inspired by her own two children, including this fully upholstered arched bed. The curved, rounded channels deliver a graphic touch, but the bed still preserves a minimalist quality that parents can appreciate. Shown here in a beautiful white chunky boucle, it’s available in five other fabric options and in three sizes, twin, full and queen.

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PB Teen

For an all-encompassing upholstered bed, Pottery Barn Teen delivers with this fully-wrapped Greenwich Bed. Low to the ground and designed with swooping sculptural curves and soft edges from headboard to footboard, this sophisticated take is available in some 25 fabrics and four sizes.

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Blu Dot

Blu Dot's modern Nook platform bed is exceptionally sturdy, which goes far if you have kids who like to jump on the bed. (The low height is also helpful if and when they tumble off!) Available in four sizes and six colors, it's definitely an investment, but by switching out bedding and styling, we think it's versatile enough to take your kid all the way through the teen years.

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Crate & Barrel

True to her famed slipcovered aesthetic, Designer Leanne Ford worked with Crate & Kids to create this breezy upholstered daybed. It comes in twin size only, but it can easily function as a bed or a daybed that can double for sleep space for overnight guests. The tailored white slipcovers make it easy to maintain that crisp, clean, minimal look, too.

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In more conventional checkerboard fashion, Mainsonette’s fully wrapped traditional check bed features a tall headboard paired with delicate wingbacks. The sweet silhouette comes in cotton candy-colored hues like powder blue and white, as well as a soft pink. The beds are available in twin, full and queen sizes.

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The Inside

This square-back upholstered bed is decked in a timeless cabana stripe that can stand the test of trends. The vertical print adds height, and the classic green and white combo make for a fun palette to play around with when it comes to bedding. Choose from dozens of fabrics (in flora, fauna, oversized palm leaf, and bird motifs) but we’re leaning hard into the stripes, also available in colors like a bright citrus yellow, rich port and pastel-y orchid and more.

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Lulu and Georgia

If you’re still on the scallop bandwagon (I mean, ahem, your child is, naturally) then this sculptural Lulu and Georgia bed will make the perfect centerpiece for a design-forward bedroom. Fully upholstered with beautifully tailored edges, the dozen or so fabric choices range from a nubby ochre boucle to a natural linen and rich pine velvet. This bed doesn’t come in a twin size, but it is available in a full, queen, king and Cal King.

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Reminiscent of graph paper, any little math whiz will fall for the sketched lines of this windowpane cotton upholstered bed. The cylindrical metal legs anchor it perfectly, too. It’s available in five sizes, from twin all the way up to California King.

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For those kids with a major penchant for color, this ultra-colorful plaid headboard fromr Amazon can fulfill some serious technicolor dreams. Featuring two shades of pink layers with two shades of turquoise and a hint of yellow, kids can make it stand out with solid bedding or double down by layering graphic pillows and linens over the bed. Sold as a headboard only, it’s available in four sizes.

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