Headboard Storage

Get ideas on how to create your own multi-purpose headboard from Design Star finalist Alice Fakier.
Headboard_3bookcase

Headboard_3bookcase

Alice's Tips:

- Consider this storage solution for any small space, like a dorm room or studio apartment.
- Your fabric choices and bedding should be more sophisticated for a grown-up look.
- Use pretty woven baskets and fabric-covered storage boxes on the shelves for attractive organization.
- Need more light? Attach clip-on desk lights to the sides of the bookcases for nighttime reading.
- To easily move the bookcases, invest in furniture sliders.

Materials and Tools:

72" matching white bookcases (item #57350, item #40872 - Lowe's)
5 yards of children's fabric (white with owls/cat, item #1988 - Milling Around)
2 yards of contrast fabric (wide stripe raspberry and ivory, item #3293 - Milling Around)
pins
sewing machine
2 dowel rods (Levelor, item #070042771251 - Home Depot)
2 pole sockets (Levelor, item #070042771251 - Home Depot)
saw
power drill
measuring tape
bedding
storage bins (Lowe's)
Juvenile square taper bins (item #226782 - Lowe's)
letter E (Hobby Lobby)

Steps:

1. Assemble your bookcases and place them on either side of the bed.

2. Measure the space between your bookcases. This measurement will let you know how long your dowels need to be, and how wide your canopy has to be.

3. The first sewing step is to take five yards of fabric and cut it in half. You will now have two pieces both equal to 2.5 yards.

4. Sew the two panels together down the center (or selvage) to create one large panel. Hem the bottom of the panel and sew a finished edge down each side.

5. Using upholsterer's thread, set the machine to sew long stitches. Make one seam along the top of the panel, leaving excess thread on both ends. Gently pull one thread and gather the panel to the desired width. Tie the thread off at both ends. Set this panel aside.

6. Take the top canopy fabric and cut it the same width as the panel. (If the fabric is not wide enough, sew two pieces together). The depth of the canopy is determined by the depth of the bookcases. Add length for the desired valence drop. The finished cut of the fabric is 62" by 22".

7. To create a scalloped edge, place the right sides of the fabrics together and use a round bowl or compass to draw the scallops. Use a 7" bowl, the same width as the stripes. Cut through both fabrics along the drawn scallop line, leaving a very small seam allowance.

8. With the right side of the fabrics together, sew the sides and then the scallops, leaving the back open. Use small, sharp scissors to cut tiny triangles into the seam allowance along the scallops. Turn the fabric inside to reveal the right side, and iron the scallops flat.

9. Sew two rows of straight stitches across the fabric to create the front rod pocket, remembering to allow for the valence drop. An 8" drop was used in this project.

10. With the right sides together, sew the back panel to the top canopy piece. You now have one canopy and are ready to move on.

11. Cut your dowels according to the measurement you took of the back wall. Install your closet hardware to the inside of the bookcases.

12. Slide the front dowel right through the rod pocket that you have sewn. Install the front dowel and the back dowel. Drop the canopy back behind the back curtain dowel.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make a Headboard With Storage

Maximize your bedroom's storage by building handy cubbies into your headboard.

10 Ways to Maximize Under-the-Bed Storage

Amplify bedroom storage with clever clutter control solutions that sit out of sight below the mattress.

How to Make Bunk Beds and Bedroom Storage With Ready-Made Cabinets

Turn a bedroom wall into a storage unit with bunk beds using ready-made cabinets and basic lumber.

How to Upholster a Headboard

It doesn’t get much more dated than a 1970s walnut headboard. But HGTV Magazine shows you how it can be made over with minimal effort.

8 Stylish Beds With Built-In Storage

Don't let that under-bed space go to waste!

Build an Under-Bed Storage Box

This box is built with wheels so it can easily slide underneath the bed.

How to Build an Outdoor Bench With Storage

Add extra seating to your patio or deck with this DIY outdoor bench featuring beautiful fretwork panels and hidden storage under the seat. Using minimal tools and a few supplies from the home improvement store, you can build this stunning storage bench in one weekend.

How to: Building a Padded Headboard

Carter Oosterhouse shows how to dress up a bedroom by making a custom headboard using a white pine frame, plywood, and topped with a memory foam cushion.

On TV

Income Property

6:30am | 5:30c

House Hunters

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30am | 8:30c

House Hunters

10am | 9c

House Hunters

10:30am | 9:30c

House Hunters

11am | 10c

House Hunters

11:30am | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Fixer Upper

9pm | 8c

Good Bones

10pm | 9c

Fixer Upper

11pm | 10c

Fixer Upper

12am | 11c

Good Bones

1am | 12c

Fixer Upper

2am | 1c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.