Storage Headboard

Download the free plans for this storage headboard, as seen in the fall 2014 issue of <i>Do-It-Yourself</i> magazine.


Your headboard can be more than a style statement. Let this essential part of the bedroom work for you by installing shelves and nightstands directly onto the headboard. This cheery green oversize piece of furniture looks great and saves time and money from shopping for an overpriced headboard. Use our instructions to get the job done right, and on time!

Click here to get the plans.

What You Need

  • 1-inch-thick 4x8-foot sheet of medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
  • ¾-inch-thick 5×8-foot sheet of MDF (We used Trupan's Ultralight MDF to keep down the weight of the headboard.)
  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws
  • Wood clamps
  • Wood filler
  • Kreg pocket hole jig
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Primer
  • Latex paint
  • Drill
  • French cleat-style bracket

Step 1: Cut Wood

Using the cutting diagram as a reference, measure and mark the pieces for the headboard frame, shelves, and nightstand boxes on the 4×8-foot MDF board. Cut the pieces using a table saw (or have pieces cut at a home improvement store).

Step 2: Assemble Frame

Using the assembly diagram as a reference, assemble the headboard frame. Attach frame to 5×8-foot MDF board using wood glue and screws.

Step 3: Assemble Nightstand

Assemble the nightstand boxes using wood glue and screws. Clamp boxes and allow to dry. Hide the screws and seams with wood filler. 

Step 4: Drill Pocket Holes

Use the Kreg pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes in the nightstands and shelves to allow for hidden joinery when attaching them to the headboard.

Step 5: Prime and Paint

Sand the nightstands, shelves, and headboard, and wipe clean with a tack cloth. Prime and paint the pieces with a durable latex paint finish; let dry for at least two days.

Step 6: Assemble Headboard

After the pieces have dried thoroughly, assemble the headboard according to the assembly diagram by drilling wood screws into the pocket holes. If needed, add support pieces to the back of the headboard to make the shelves more stable. Clamp and allow to dry.

Step 7: Hang Headboard

If desired, purchase a bed frame; prime and paint to match the headboard before assembling it according to the package directions. Hang the headboard using a French cleat-style bracket.


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