Keystone, Stepped, Ogee, and Peaked Headboards
When the curves and cutouts move from the corners up toward the highest arch of the headboard and form ornate “shoulders” — did you know that headboards can have both shoulders and arms? 🙂 — you can get lovely shapes like these!
The shape we call “keystone” has a large arch or square in the middle with either flatter or curved sections to either side — you could consider it the dressed-up cousin of the simple camelback shape.
The most commonly popular keystone headboard shape combines a short scooped corner with a short stepped edge leading into the keystone arch, like these:
This variation is more cloud-like, with curved corners building to a curved arch — perfect for these twin girls’ headboards!
Or you can get a little bit fancy and add in a couple of peaks like these:
Or flatten out the curve on top to look more like one of these:
The graceful curves of this scooped keystone style are perfect for a neutral headboard against a bold wall:
but it also looks lovely in a bold pattern on the headboard itself!
A stepped headboard has square or rectangular “steps” going up either side.
And the addition of a couple of curves makes it even sweeter!
Top it with a triangle and we’ll call it a peaked headboard.
Doubles always welcome 🙂
And bring those lovely side curves (shoulders) up to a point and create an ogee or pointed arch shape — it resembles a teardrop and is a great way to add the modern Moroccan style that is so popular!
Ready for more lovely headboard shapes? Keep reading!
IN THIS POST | Guide to Headboard Shapes
page 1: introduction to sizes and styles
page 2: basic flat (rectangle) headboards
page 3: circle, arched, and camelback headboards
page 4: scooped, inset, and beveled headboards
page 5: keystone, stepped, ogee, and peaked headboards
page 6: combination ornate headboards