Sunday, November 12, 2023

When You Don't Have a Bed with a Headboard Try This Simple Alternative

An easy fix for a bed without a headboard

Meet my spare room—a comfy haven with a king-size bed that, unfortunately, lacks a headboard. 

I prefer a bed with a headboard to protect the wall from potential marks from hands and hair. Even this simple barrier is better than nothing in my opinion.

An actual headboard wasn't an option as that would have taken up too much walking area in the room. Also, I wasn't into securing anything decorative to the wall (we just painted).

Bed Bolster in Lieu of Headboard
Notice the Wedge Bolster Against the Wall Behind the Pillows?

In my quest to find a quick and easy solution, I stumbled upon this perfect bolster.

The Bed Wedge Bolster Triangle Pillow - A Barrier for the Wall

It's not just a simple fix; it's an instant problem-solver and quite decorative.

When there's no headboard this is a solution
Takes About a Day to Pop Into Its Shape-Not the Full Shape Here

This Versatile Tool Serves Four Functions, Although I Personally Only Required It as a Backing Barrier Against the Wall

  1. Also, Perfectly Fills a Wall Gap: Have you ever experienced the struggle of losing pillows, phones, or even glasses in the gap between the mattress and the wall? This pillow is designed to fill that void seamlessly. When you do that, turn it around and put it into the gap - it sits flush with the bed.

  2. Also Great as a Reading Back Support Pillow: While my primary need was a backing barrier against the wall, this wedge pillow surprised me with its versatility. It is adjustable to two angles and doubles as a reading pillow with back support as well as an elevation for a better sleeping position if needed. Bonus: side pockets for stashing the remote control and phone securely.

  3. Props the Pillows in Front: I like pillows to be propped up pretty, and that's more difficult to achieve without a headboard. The wedge bolster provides a nice, even backing to prop the pillows against.

  4. Easy to Clean: The 28D high-density foam perfectly blends softness and support. The pillowcase, made of breathable, hypoallergenic fabric, ensures a comfortable sleep experience throughout the seasons. And the best part? The cover is easily removable and machine-washable for hassle-free cleaning.

A bolster that can double as wall protection when there's no headboard
Side Pockets for Phones and Other Gadgets - Not quite the full shape here

So, here's to my instant, easy solution—a bed wedge bolster that acts as a wall protector and elevates my comfort and style game in the spare room. Problem solved, just like that.

It's available in multiple bed sizes, comes in white or gray, is affordable, and is available on Amazon

Added Tip: When you're on Amazon, there are many other wedge bolsters in multiple angles and sizes. I chose this one because I wanted something subtle.


If you're interested in the bedding, here's more information about the bedspread...

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  1. I like a headboard too, but understand that sometimes what we want and what will fit are two different things. This is a great alternative and solves many problems, great find there Barbara and thanks for sharing with me.

  2. It certainly does look like the perfect solution for a bed without a headboard! Plus, I like supportive boaster pillows for my back when I read a book, which is most often in bed right before I go to sleep. Very cool that it has a removable, washable cover.

  3. What a clever solution, Barbara! I love its versatility and the fact that it protects your new paint job. Thanks for sharing your excellent find!


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