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The standard height of a headboard is 48 inches from the floor to its top, which leaves about 24 inches from the top of the mattress to the top of the headboard. Higher-end headboards tend to be 55 to 68 inches, which works much better for us as we are tall. You want it to be comfortable enough to lean back against and read this book. Be careful about hanging artwork above the headboard, as you want to ensure you won’t knock your head on it.

You can go higher if you have the ceiling height. Just be sure to balance a high headboard with mattress-height nightstands (anything lower looks wonky). We personally prefer padded or tufted headboards, as they are comfortable to sit up against in bed.