There are all sorts of different DIY headboard projects you can take on to create something that’s really unique for your bedroom, but perhaps the easiest way to do it is by simply using a regular bookshelf. Just position it against your bedroom wall, push your bed up against it, and voila! You now have a great looking headboard that also gives you extra storage for all your books and other accessories. Here are just some of the different ways people have been taking advantage of this clever idea.
From Short and Wide, to Tall and Narrow
Unlike a real headboard designed for a bed, your bookshelf doesn’t necessarily have to be the same height and width as one. In fact, the taller and wider it is, the more of a statement it will make! This first example from Domino is a short one, but extends out about a foot from each side of the bed.
For bedrooms that lack enough wall space, a plain old bookshelf used as a headboard is one of the best ways to combine two pieces of furniture into one. [Photo from Apartment Therapy]
Of course, even if your bedroom is huge, you can still follow this trend. Try combining three narrow bookshelf units to make a large one along an entire wall, like this arrangement featured on BHG.
Similar to the first example shown in this article, this bookshelf headboard from Made By Mood shows how you don’t necessarily need to put yours up against a wall, and instead makes a great solution for a partition.
A bed and bookshelf headboard from Simply Grove takes a different approach by positioning one side of the bed against it as opposed to the head of the bed.
Although they look good in all shapes and sizes, there’s something really satisfying about this bookshelf headboard from Potted Store that fits so perfectly next to the window in this bedroom (along with being the exact same width of the bed).
Twin Bed Artistry
Got a twin bed? No problem — bookshelf headboards are great for kids’ rooms, student dorm rooms, and even guest rooms! Just grab a more narrow bookshelf that makes a better fit for a smaller bed, like these two examples from Small Rooms on Tumblr and Susanna Carter on Pinterest.
Up & Across the Whole Wall
If you’ve got a lot of books, why not just stretch your bookshelf headboard as far as you can? Here’s one featured on The Design Files that has little book cubbies built around the whole wall of a bed.
Or instead of building the unit around the bed, just pick up a couple of bookshelf units from IKEA and place your bed directly in front of them, like this gorgeous example featured on Brit + Co, which has a very strong library feel to it.
If you’re lucky enough to have really high ceilings, you can take your bookshelf headboard all the way up to the top, like this example from a New York apartment featured on Home Adore. You gotta love the library ladder added to this one!
Creative & Custom Designed
Regular everyday bookshelves are perfect for this idea, but to step up your style, you can get even more creative with different styles and even custom-made units if you’re willing to go that far. For example, a very rustic bedroom theme from A Beautiful Mess Antiques uses an old weathered bookshelf with lots of old books to match the lovely country bedding.
A bookshelf headboard from Jati Belanda appears to be custom made for this bed, with just some simple shelving at the top and a couple of built-in bedside tables on each side.
If you’re feeling really creative, you can actually build your own bookshelf headboard by combining and stacking separate pieces, like this gorgeous example from Love Chic Living.
Cabinets are similar to bookshelves, and can also be used as headboards for LOTS of extra storage space! Here’s an adorable project from Kate Honebrink featuring an upcycled cabinet as a headboard for a kids’ room.
Slightly More Bookish
If you have enough books, you may not even need an actual bookshelf for this to work. Seriously. Just take a look at the wildly creative headboard made entirely out of books and nothing else, found on We Heart It.
A similar and comparably creative example from Juvenile Hall Design shows books open and attached by their covers to the wall above the bed, with one simple shelf for a lamp and a plant! That’s one DIY project that might be perfect for any extreme bookworm.