Inline with safe working practices during the current pandemic, we are unable to accommodate a full compliment of staff. Thus our order to delivery time frames are changing: DIY = 15 working days from order date / COM = 28 working days from receipt of material.
Like you our main priority is to stay safe and get through the next few months.

Measuring a headboard

Category: Headboard Posts

Measuring a headboard

The best way of measuring for a new headboard is from the top of your mattress to the height required, Headboard Direct have been producing headboards for over 25 years and this has always proved the best method.

Headboard Direct headboard height measure

Measuring Headboard Height

Most headboard heights are quoted as being 60cm or 76cm high in our standard ranges, so that’s the highest point of your selected shape. The best way to then measure this is the center point of your bed and upwards to the required height.

As a small tip get some painters masking tape which you can stick to the wall at the required height, you don’t want to leave loads of height marks on your wall, you could do the same for the sides as well, now you can stand back and get a visual representation of how your new headboard will look in that space.

There are other considerations which should also be measured the width of your mattress we always ask you to double check this because bed manufactures don’t always stick to bed size naming convection. Will your new headboard have a headboard pillowstop or not? There is actually a wikipedia page dedicated to bed sizing and names.

Will your new headboard have a headboard pillowstop or not? Our headboard posts blog has many helpful articles. Maybe you are planning on self upholstering a headboard our DIY Headboard Kit includes every thing you need, or if you don’t feel confident we can upholster a headboard for you.

Fixing points on your bed are design to correctly support headboards of a certain height so really anything over 90cm should be from our experience wall mounted. Although that is not always the rule of thumb it depends on the quality & quantity of the current headboard fixing points

Headboard Dimensions & Fixing Points

Headboard Leg Fixing Points (we work to UK standard bed sizing)

But as a guideline these measurements are centre to centre of the holes

Bed Size Width Imp Width CM Hole to Hole Centre
3 ft 3 ft 90 cm 610 mm
4 ft 4 ft 122 cm 915 mm
4 6 ft 4 6 ft 137 cm 1067 mm
5 ft 5 ft 152 cm 1219 mm
6 ft 6 ft 183 cm 1524 mm
Headboard Direct headboard dimensionsHeadboard Direct headboard dimensions height

Check List

  • Painters masking tape
  • Height required
  • Mattress width
  • Fixing points (centre to centre)
  • Access ways (doors – stairs – corners – lifts)
  • Two person lift


Please don’t forget that as much as a big headboard will look great you do have to get it to the bedroom. So measuring your access ways (doors – stairs – corners – lifts) is very important. Headboards can be heavy over 4ft wide, and if you have to carry it upstairs it becomes more awkward it’s not really a one person process.

Check our headboard ideas gallery for some inspiration and if you are still stuck for ideas send us an email with a picture of your bed.