Headboards Surprise With Storage
Rest easier about storage space in your bedroom with headboards that have built-in cabinets, drawers and shelves
Shawn Gauthier May 12, 2012
I'm a freelance writer and design enthusiast who believes the best design is collected, not decorated, and that homes should always be as comfortable and functional as they are chic. In addition to writing for Houzz, I work as the Head Copywriter for Layla Grayce and Zinc Door.
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Whether your bedroom is blessed with decent closet space or sorely lacking it, you can always benefit from extra shelves, drawers or cabinetry. You may think this is possible only through freestanding wardrobes, dressers or bedside tables. However, have you ever considered the potential of your headboard? This aesthetic feature can boost your space with style while lending advantageous function. Storage is one of the most elusive and sought-after factors of a home; with the right design or a little creativity, your headboard can be a savvy solution.
Look for a design that is created to supply the storage you crave. This piece features a straight back and a curved front, providing space for both a shelf and two cabinets, which can hold anything from bedside books to extra pillows.
This sleek headboard has a secret: It includes sliding panels that open to reveal a hidden cabinet behind. If you can’t find what you’re looking for and have the budget to do so, consider a custom-built headboard like this example.
Different headboard designs also come extended in width with attached drawers. These drawers are handy because they corral storage while acting as built-in bedside tables.
This design features one simple drawer for the side of the bed that can make all the difference.
Consider large freestanding pieces that essentially double as storage space and headboard. These are especially convenient if you’re converting a space into a bedroom that doesn’t contain a closet. These pieces will ground the bed while providing ample space for clothing and necessities.
Here is an example of a much larger and likely custom-built piece that acts as a headboard as well as storage. I assume there is closet space on the other side, while the side we see comes complete with shelves and cabinetry. Adding upholstered squares makes the piece look like a more authentic headboard.
Get creative with freestanding pieces by utilizing one side as a decorative headboard and the other as ample storage, like this example. Pieces like these are ideal solutions for loft spaces or studios if you’re trying to create a distinct bedroom space.
Here is a built-in piece that works double duty as a headboard on one side and a dresser on the other.
A headboard that essentially acts as a bookcase (click photo to see full view) can provide a home to a variety of items in your bedroom. This particular example is part of a custom-designed bed that includes even more storage at the base.
Don’t forget to exercise a little creativity when it comes to combining storage with headboards. Consider commissioning a built-in bookshelf for your bedroom that includes a paneled rise in the center that can act as a headboard. If built-in shelves are beyond your budget, go to Ikea to see how you can re-create the look.
Here is another creative solution: the headboard shelf. Simply adding a shelf at your bed’s pillow line gives the illusion of a real headboard, and likely at less cost than buying the real thing. Plus, the extra surface area provides exactly what you need: storage.
The Oppdal Headboard from Ikea provides a handy storage compartment and a stylish wood look at an affordable price.
This sleek design from West Elm anchors the bed while supplying built-in bedside tables for extra functionality.
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