Headboard with Hidden Storage

May 31st, 2010  |  Published in Crafts, Decorating  |  14 Comments

We currently live in a two bedroom apartment with no garage, basement, yard, or storage. Apartment living definitely has it’s perks – when our roof leaks, we just pick up the phone and someone comes to fix it for free. We don’t have to mow the lawn. We get lots of heat from neighboring apartments. And instead of spending time and money on home improvement projects, I can craft and decorate and spend time on smaller things.

But apartment living has it’s setbacks, too. We can’t make any major changes (ugh, tan carpeting and old cabinets!). We don’t have a yard to garden in. And we have no place to store things.

We got rid of some of our hidden storage in this apartment by removing the ugly hall closet doors. Our second bedroom turned into our guest room/storage/letterpress/crafts/my husbands home workspace/seed starting central. Ahhh, that is far too much for one room to handle. So when I saw this post with a beautiful headboard creating some hidden storage, I knew I had found an answer to at least one problem!

See our bedroom also has a weird cove thing in it. It has this odd mirror plastered to the wall inside the cove. And I hit my head on the top of it almost every day. This cove had to go. And what better way than with shelves and a padded headboard?!

We picked up some fun fabric at IKEA, a few pieces of OSB at Home Depot, and 1″ medium density foam. Thankfully both Home Depot and the fabric store we found the foam at were able to cut the materials to the dimensions we needed. Our apartment doesn’t yet hold power tools and I was a bit stressed about cutting the foam myself.

This was a new-sew project. I just folded over the edges of the fabric, pulled it tight, and tacked it down with 3/8″ double point staples. (Another apartment setback – stressing out that your downstairs neighbor will report you for a noise violation when you spend all day hammering…) I love that I could just easily pull the fabric off and replace it with different fabric if my decor taste changes.

I added two shelves at varying heights so that I could fit different sized/shaped items inside.

I loaded in boxes of things that we don’t need to access all that often – old yearbooks, college course notebooks (someday I will want to know what that equation I learned in biometry sophomore year was!), etc.

Then I slid the headboards in, tucked the bed back in, and voila! No more weird cove, creepy mirror, or head bruises. Now we have a cute decoration, padding to lean up against, and easily accessible storage. Hooray!

Next step: bedside tables. Room by room, I plan to make this apartment as cozy and stylish as possible!

14 Responses

  1. Barbara says:

    May 31st, 2010 at 4:50 pm (#)

    Love it, Annie! You are so creative. xo

  2. kat says:

    June 6th, 2010 at 3:13 pm (#)

    So are the boards just leaned up against the wall? Or are they actually attached somehow?

  3. Annie says:

    June 6th, 2010 at 3:34 pm (#)

    Hi Kat – Yep! I was prepared to install some kind of a hook system, but the bed holds the boards upright with no problem. This way it’s super easy to just move the boards to the side if we need to access the storage. -Annie

  4. Kerri says:

    June 26th, 2010 at 5:21 am (#)

    Has it been too hot to be crafty? Indulge us with something new! ;)

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    April 11th, 2011 at 9:22 pm (#)

    Love the idea! And where is the bedspread from? It’s super cute and I’m looking for something new :)

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