Leather is the best fabric for a tufted headboard, because leather adds a degree of grandeur to any bedroom. Leather is timeless and easy to clean, whereas other fabrics are dependent on patterns and therefore can appear dated. Since tufted headboards have been referred to as glorified dust gatherers, it is important that they are easy to clean to protect allergen sufferers. The leather can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, mild soap and a damp cloth. Other fabrics, such as cotton, can easily absorb stains, thus making them harder to remove.