How to Build a Bookcase Headboard

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Things You'll Need

  • (7) 10 feet long x 12 inches wide x 3/4-inch thick planks

  • Tape measure

  • Circular or table saw

  • Drill

  • Wood screws

  • Wood filler

  • Sander

  • Primer, paint or stain

  • Lacquer


This piece is not designed to be used independently. You will also need a bed frame.

If you're a book lover, you're bed should have a bookcase headboard. Here's a quick and easy plan for a bookcase headboard that you can build in a day.


Step 1

Make these cuts: 1 piece @ 68 inches x 12 inches 1 piece @ 66 1/2 inches x 12 inches 1 piece @ 66 1/2 inches x 11 1/4 inches 2 pieces @ 47 1/4 inches x 12 inches 2 pieces @ 35 1/4 inches x 12 inches 2 pieces @ 35 1/4 inches x 8 1/2 inches 6 pieces @ 11 1/4 inches x 8 1/2 inches 2 pieces @ 48 inches x 12 inches

Step 2

Sand all surfaces.

Step 3

Build the left side. Attach (1) 47 1/4-inch x 12-inch piece, (1) 35 1/4-inch x 12-inch piece and (1) 35 1/4-inch x 8 1/2-inch piece so that they form a squared off "U" that's 10 inches wide and 47 1/4 inches high on the left side and 35 1/4 inches high on both the right side and on the back. Make sure all three pieces are flush at the bottom. Insert (1) 11 1/4 inch x 8 1/2 inch piece as a shelf 1 inch from the bottom. Attach another 11 1/4-inch x 8 1/2-inch shelf up 10 inches and a third 10 inches above that.


Step 4

Build the right side. Using the same sized pieces that you used in the above step create another side. The only difference is that the 47 1/4-inch piece is on the right side and the 35 1/4-inch piece is on the left.

Step 5

Span the 2 sides. Take the 66 1/2-inch x 12-inch piece and attach to the top of the 35 1/4-inch pieces (the inside sides) of the two sides so that it is touches the 47 1/4-inch pieces. Attach. Make sure it is flush with the fronts.

Step 6

Take the 66 1/2-inch x 11 1/4-inch piece and sit it vertically on top of the 66 1/2-inch x 12-inch piece flush with the back. It will be even with the top of the 47 1/4-inch pieces.


Step 7

Attach the top. Place the 68-inch piece on top of the unit, making sure that it is flush with the front, back and both sides. Attach.

Step 8

Take the 48-inch x 24-inch piece and attach it vertically to the bottom of the top shelf and the inside piece of both sides. Its bottom will be 11 1/4 inches off the ground.

Step 9

Edgeband all exposed edges. Trim.

Step 10

Fill in all visible holes with wood filler and let dry. Sand smooth.

Step 11

Paint or stain the headboard to your liking.