Built-In Storage Headboards

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I'm constantly thinking about how we can use our space better and how we can accommodate our storage needs (right now we're pretty maxed out). One idea that I love is building out storage around the top end of a bed. The space at the head of the bed is often under-utilized, and adding storage there eats up very little usable floor space. Whether it's a custom cabinetry commission or something built from IKEA shelving, this is a great way to add storage to a small space. Maybe we'll invest in our own someday in the future! 

I've gathered a few images of bedrooms with built-in storage headboards; here the are:


This room from Better Homes & Gardens features built-in storage that goes from floor to ceiling and even covers the top of the doorway. Here the wall behind the bed appears to be padded and upholstered, which is a nice detail. I also like that there's a bit of breathing room between the bed and the built-in nightstand.

In Remodelista editor Julie Carson's bedroom, the storage is actually recessed into the wall--a clever way to pack storage into a space you can't normally access.

Another on from BHG, this is a guest bedroom designed by Eddie Ross appears to have a built-in made from IKEA cabinetry. I remember seeing this one in the magazine, but I can't find the details for the how-to on the site.

Featured on the One Kings Lane blog, this bedroom is in the Whitney Leigh Morris's "tiny canal cottage." Here the built-ins not only work with the bed, but also with windows to the outside. One detail I love here is the cutaways in the shelving that let's the sleeper access the nightstand.

A third BHG space, this room's built-ins are more wardrobe-like--a great solution for a room without closets. The pop of pattern from wallpaper behind the bed is a nice touch.

Last is the bedroom from my favorite small-space apartment, featured in Dwell magazine. Here the cabinetry surrounds a Murphy bed, for the ultimate space-saving bed-and-built-in combo.

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