Your bed should be the number-one place where you find comfort and rest. Sleep is essential to a healthy life, and a lack of it can lead to a number of health issues including obesity, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.

Needing quality rest doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Headboards are a great way to improve your bed’s appearance and comfort, but not every bed and headboard are compatible. Find out if ay headboard will work with the Sleep Number bed.

Why Attach a Headboard to the Sleep Number?

Whether you want a more traditional, ornately decorated headboard, or a more modern design, there’s most likely a headboard for you.

Not only are they stylish, but they’re practical.

If you enjoy sitting up in bed to watch movies, read your favorite book, or work on a laptop, having a headboard can provide the extra cushion and support you need.

Different Types

Not all headboards are the same. There are different methods of mounting a headboard to your bed, giving you even more options.


Floor-standing headboards attach directly to the base of your bed frame but remain in contact with the floor, taking on some of the weight of the bed and frame.

This adds an extra level of stability to your bed frame, which can cut down on excess movement and squeaky noise coming from the bed frame itself.

The downside to a floor-standing headboard is that they aren’t always compatible with the bed frame. If screw holes don’t align properly, you may end up having to return an otherwise perfectly acceptable headboard.

Aside from potential compatibility issues, floor-standing headboards can be versatile if you move your bed around a lot. There’s no need to detach the headboard once it’s fastened; you can just move the entire bed as one piece.


These are a great option if you have a bed frame that isn’t compatible with a regular headboard. Wall-mounted headboards are designed exactly how they sound -- wall-mounted.

The headboard itself stands on its own, separate from the bed and frame, so you’re able to use them with any type of bed.

Installation isn’t overly complicated, but if you have drywall in your home, it would be wise to use a stud finder to mount the headboard directly to a stud in the wall. This will help you avoid excessive damage in case the drywall isn’t strong enough to support the headboard’s weight.

The obvious downside is that once your wall-mounted headboard is installed, you’re going to have to dismount and reinstall it in order to move your bed to a new location.


Strutted headboards are the least secure type of headboard. They’re an entirely separate unit from the bed and frame.

As with a floor-standing headboard, they attach to the base of the bed frame, but they don’t stand on the floor and support the weight of the bed.

Strutted headboards are compatible with most bed frames, but they don’t add any extra stability to the frame’s structural integrity.

They may be less structurally sound, as their weight needs to be supported by the screws in the bed frame, but they’re typically more affordable.

Will Any Headboard Work?

Not every headboard is compatible with a Sleep Number bed, but they do offer bracket sets to solve compatibility issues with several of their bed models.

You might need to purchase a bracket set for your Sleep Number bed if you want to mount a floor-standing or strutted headboard to your bed.

Wall-mounted headboards are compatible with any type of bed frame, as they attach to the wall instead of the bed frame and remain separate.

So, the short answer is no, you cannot use any headboard with a Sleep Number bed. In many cases, you’ll need to make an extra purchase in order to do so.


One potential alternative to a Sleep Number bed is made by isense. Not only are the mattresses adjustable and extremely comfortable, but they can be used on any type of bed frame.

This means that you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to use your headboard because the mattress will work with your bed frame!

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