Achieve Bedside Organization With These DIY Book Pockets

Keep books and accessories within reach with this easy bedside organizer.

Related To:

I made it a personal goal to conquer the messy stack of books strewn beside my daughter’s bed with a simple organizational solution, and… it worked. With a little ingenuity and some simple materials, this storage system hooks onto the headboard to keep books, journals, (and her favorite bedtime lovies) in order – while still being in reach.

How to Make a Bedside Organizer for a Kid's Room

How to Make a Bedside Organizer for a Kid's Room

DIY headboard book organizer

Tools and Materials

  • 12” x 36” piece of plywood
  • 6’ length of pre-painted trim
  • (12) 1/2” screws
  • 2-3 over-the-door hooks or curtain rod hooks
  • 42” x 12” piece of fabric
  • no-sew tape
  • iron
  • chop saw
  • circular saw
  • sandpaper
  • cordless drill with 1/16" drill bit for pilot holes, 1/4" for hook holes, and a Phillips-head bit
  • assorted clamps and binder clips

I built this storage system to fit into my daughter’s twin size bed frame, and the measurements above reflect that. If you’re looking to build a larger-scale unit, adjust the width to reflect the size of your space.

Begin by cutting your boards to size. Trim the plywood to 36” x 12”. The store where you buy the plywood may be able to cut the wood for you, but keep in mind that they don’t always take the fragility of stain-grade plywood into account, and it is bound to splinter with a rough-saw blade. Use a fine-tooth blade and as an extra precaution if you’re cutting at home, use masking tape to mark both sides of the board on the line you’re going to cut. If you cut through the tape, it’ll help to prevent splintering with any saw blade.

Cut the trim into five pieces:

  • 35” length for the bottom (mitered corners optional)
  • (4) 10” pieces to be installed vertically (mitered corners on the left and right pieces optional)

Use sandpaper to smooth all edges.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Cut your fabric. This is a no-sew project, so I used an iron-on no-sew seam tape to clean up all four edges.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Align the fabric on top of the cut plywood. You’ll be securing the left and right pieces of trim first, sandwiching the material between the trim and the plywood.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Clamp the trim on the left side and flip the board over. Predrill two holes with the 1/16” drill bit to prevent splitting the trim, and be sure not to drill all the way through the trim. Add screws to the predrilled holes. The screws should go through the plywood, and then through the fabric and into the trim. No extra adhesive will be necessary to hold the fabric in place – a few screws work well. This is a good project if you have extra pieces of trim laying around your workshop. Knowing that your trim might be different than mine, be certain that you select screws long enough to securely hold the two wood layers and the fabric together, but short enough to go through the plywood and into the trim without poking through to the other side.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Do the same to the trim on the right side of the board. It will look like this, with loose fabric in the middle.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

This excess fabric is important because it gives your pockets a little bit of flexibility to hold multiple books and accessories.

Measure the distance between the two pieces of trim. Mine was 34-1/2”, and divided into three parts meant that each pocket would be 11-1/2” wide. I made a pencil mark at each 11-1/2” point, so I knew where I would gather fabric and ultimately affix the rest of my trim.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Before you attach the bottom piece of trim, gather the excess fabric and pleat it at the two pencil marks. Use clips to hold this bunched fabric in place.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

With the fabric pinched in place, it’s a lot easier to attach the bottom piece of trim. Use screws to attach it at the ends of the board, once again taking the time to predrill through the back of the plywood. Also, predrill and place screws at each point where you’ve pleated the fabric in order to reinforce those overlaps.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Add the two additional pieces of trim aligning over the pleated fabric. Once attached, the three pockets will be clearly distinguished.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

If your headboard is narrow enough, you may be able to accommodate over-the-door hooks on which you can hang your organizer. If you need to get creative to accommodate a wider headboard, try using pliers to adjust metal shower curtain hooks. Drill a hole with a wider 1/4" bit to accommodate the hook system you select.

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Hook the organizer on the bed, and begin to fill it up!

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

How to Make a Custom Bedside Book Organizer

DIY bedside book organizer using plywood, trim, and fabric.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Keep Reading

Next Up

Shoe Storage and Organization Ideas

Get to know the best options for storing and organizing your shoes.

Broom and Utility Closet Organization

A utility closet might be one of the more industrial spaces in the home, but that doesn't mean that it should be left unorganized. Learn what storage solutions work best for your space and budget.

Wire Closet Shelving and Organization Systems

These affordable, easy-to-find systems let you declutter your closet once and for all.

Linen Cabinet and Closet Organization Ideas

Sometimes all it takes is a stack of properly folded towels, or the addition of a few baskets and bins, to make all the difference in organizing a linen closet.

HGTV Dream Home 2015: Storage and Organization

HGTV Dream Home 2015 is packed with plenty of storage, from walk-in closets to a spacious garage. Get ideas and inspiration from the experts.

Free Up Cabinet Space With a DIY Wall-Mounted Pot Rack

If your kitchen cabinets and drawers are overcrowded, create more storage space with this easy-to-make oversized pegboard shelving system. You can customize the shelves and pegs to stylishly display your favorite pots, pans and utensils.

Hang Up Your Jewelry With This Stylish DIY Wall Organizer

If you currently store your jewelry in a tangled mess on your dresser, tidy it up with this trendy hanging organizer. It’s an easy DIY project you can do in a day.

Maximum Home Value Kitchen Projects: Storage, Organization and Shelving

A clutter-free kitchen is a valuable one, so keep counters clear and find smart ways to increase your storage space. Here, get ideas and tips.

Pantry Organization and Storage Ideas

Take the guesswork out of kitchen pantry storage with these affordable and efficient pantry organizers.

Pantry Cabinets and Cupboards: Organization Ideas and Options

Turn your kitchen pantry or cupboard into an organized and clutter-free space with these helpful tips.

Follow Us Everywhere

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