Installation varies slightly based on the type of headboard that you choose. There are four types of headboards.
The first type is the standard headboard that fits at the head of the bed. It attaches to the bed frame with large bolts. Installation normally takes under five minutes for one person. Line up the boltholes in the headboard with those on the bed frame, insert the bolts and nuts and tighten.
The second type of headboard is wall mounted. Normally found in hotels, these headboards take up the least space of all headboard types. They normally attach via hooks located on the back of the headboard to screws placed in the wall. Assembly time may take a bit longer than a standard headboard due to the measuring and inserting of the screws.
To attach a wall-mounted headboard, you will need to measure the distance between the hooks and place the screws in the proper location on the wall. The bottom of the headboard should meet or be no more than 1 inch higher than the top of the mattress. If the headboard has a weight of more than 10 lbs., it's best to put the screws in studs in the wall. Because these headboards are to be wall mounted, they are normally the lightest in weight of all headboards.
The third type of headboard is part of a platform bed. This headboard attaches to the platform with bolts, and the bed itself is on top of the platform. You will want to follow the assembly instructions from the manufacturer in putting this bed together.
The final type of headboard is self-standing. These headboards normally weigh the most and take up the most space. They also normally contain storage space such as hidden storage for blankets or out-of-season clothing or shelves for books and trinkets. The only installation required is to set them into place and push the bed flush against them.