Storage Headboard for a Kid's Room
Tidy up a kid's bedroom with extra storage in the headboard. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create your own.
4x8 sheets of light-density fiberboard (LDF)
1x2x10 pine boards
acrylic doors (cut to size at your local hardware store)
2 colors of paint (one for the body of the piece, one inside the shelves)
paint brushes and other paint supplies
- First measure and determine the dimensions for your custom storage headboard. It might be handy to sketch out your design, using the measurements of your space as a guideline. Based upon measurements for the cubby openings, have acrylic doors cut at a local hardware store.
- Based on your sketch, cut pieces of wood for shelves, back of storage unit and horizontal and vertical supports.
- To create the track for the acrylic doors, use a table saw to cut a pair of grooves on the bottom and top of each shelf. The groove should be 3/8-inch wide by 1/4-inch deep.
- Assemble cubbies with wood glue and nail gun. Attach back with nail gun. To create a finished front, trim out the front of each cubby with 1x2s. Fill nail holes and cracks with wood filler. Once wood filler has dried, sand smooth.
- Prime entire project and allow to dry thoroughly. Paint back of shelves in a vibrant color and surrounds and front in high-gloss white.
- Hang on the wall with 4-inch wood screws into studs.
- Run paraffin wax along edges of doors to make them glide easier. Fit sliding acrylic doors into top groove and drop down into bottom groove.