Make an Extra-Large Headboard with Built-In Storage

Download the free plans for this storage headboard and sleep better knowing your room has ample storage. This large piece is great for an accent wall, too!

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!

  • Working Time 4 Hours
  • Start to Finish 2 Days
  • Difficulty         Projects Hard
  • Involves Carpentry Skills, Painting

What you need


  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw
  • Wood clamps
  • Kreg pocket hole jig
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Cordless drill


  • 1-inch-thick 4X8-foot sheet of medium-density fiberboard
  • 3/4-inch-thick 5X8-foot sheet of MDF, We used Trupan's Ultralight MDF to keep down the weight of the headboard
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws
  • Wood filler
  • Primer
  • Latex paint
  • French cleat-style bracket

How to do it

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 4X8-foot MDF board. Cut the pieces using a table saw. You can also have pieces cut at a home improvement store.

Step 2 Assemble Frame and Nightstand

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

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

Step 3 Drill Pocket Holes

Use the Kreg pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes in the nightstands and shelves. Pocket holes allow for hidden joinery when attaching two boards together. They create a shallow hole to place the drill bit, so you can cleanly join two perpendicular boards. 

Step 4 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 5 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 6 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. 

Learn how to make a french cleat here. 

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