Twin Storage Headboard Base Plans

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This headboard base moves the bed out flush with bookshelves.

Special thanks to <a href="">Amy and Steve</a> for their photo.

I had a conversation with myself this morning.

How can I work without internet?

Now why, Ana, would you ever want to do that?

Because there's no internet at the cabin.

I wanna go to the cabin too (that's Grace talking).

So how are you going to work not just wirelessly, but satellitelessly?

Not to mention electricitylessly?

And plumbinglessly?

And roadlessly?

So all these things mean alot of less-lys.  Like refrigeratorlessly, phonelessly, even cellphonelessly, microwavelessly, pretty much convieniencelessly.

Well, I could not work, and just cram everything in when I come to town.

But you LIKE to work.

Yes, I do.

So I talked myself into something that might be better for you (you as in YOU, not me talking to me)

Because one thing I don't have to do is go batterieslessly.

How about if I developed plans into PDFs and then when I get back to town, all I have to do is blog the PDF?

Like this?

So what do you think? Can I still live a life where it’s common (but still amazing) to see 17 moose and 1 black bear in one night (that was last night) and still do what I love, design and build furniture? Love the PDF or back to blogger?

Fits Twin Bed


Shopping List

1 Sheet of ¼” Plywood, Beadboard or MDF For the backs of the bookshelves and the headboard panel 

2 1x12 Boards, 8’ Long Cut a Bookshelf out of Each 
 2 1x2 Boards, 8’ Long Trim Boards 
 2” Nails You can also use wood screws 
 1” Brad Nails Nothing wrong with the ones you tack on with a hammer if you are sans a nailer 
 1 ¼” Screws 
Just a few
1” Screws For the headboard panel 
 Sandpaper Grits from coarse to fine
wood filler
Cut List

4- 1x12 27” Bookshelf Sides 

4- 1x12 10 ¼” Bookshelf Shelves 
 2- 1x12 11 ¾” Bookshelf Tops 
 2- ¼” Plywood 11 ¾” x 27 ¾” Backs of Bookshelves 
 4- 1x2 24 ¾” Side Trim 
 4- 1x2 12 ½” Top and Bottom Trim 
 1- 1x2 39” Top Tie-In Trim 
 1- ¼” Plywood 39”x24” Headboard Panel
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please review the attached PDF for instructions and more information on cut list.


Emily (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:06

as you say, "from one mom to another" these precious moments with grace only come around once. Before you know it, she will be building her own stuff for her college dorm room :0) Enjoy these moments. And I think pdf if just fabulous!!! I appreciate all you do! Have a great day!

Reenie (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:12

I love the PDF. And I love that you're at the cabin enjoying yourself. A little jealous maybe, but definitely loving it. Live it up and PDF all you want :) Makes it easier for me to print them anyway.

felicia (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:21

I say do what you have to in order to enjoy your time. You have enough of a following now that I'm pretty sure no matter how you present your ideas we'll all still be happy :)

Summers Camp (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:24

I personally love the PDF... it's much less distracting, to be able to just print it out as is and take it to the store, etc. Easier for me = more projects ;) Have fun at the cabin! *B

orange sugar (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:28

I'm all for the PDF, but I like being able to read it on the blog too.

But do what you need to do for yourself.

Robin (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:36

so excited about the PDF version...much easier to print out! and so glad that this new idea came to you out of a need to enjoy your OWN life!

April - Team Tottle (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:53

I LOVE the PDF idea, this way I don't have to copy and paste all your plans into Word Documents! I can just download/save them and print them when I'm ready to build! Thanks Ana, I think it's a wonderful idea!!!!

dthneece (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:54

pdf's work fine as long as you fill us in on the moose and bear sitings...and anything else that is as amazing! :D

Kara (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 08:04

Love it! Besides, you're giving away FREE plans what you want when you want. I have like a guzillion things on my to-build list already...we'll all be fine with you taking a few days rest here and there and doing what's more convenient for you :-).

Theresa (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 08:12

Love the PDF versions...makes more sense for printing as well. As always, thanks for sharing your gift!

Mom (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 08:29

I LOVE this plan! The bed has been on my "to build" list for my 13 year old for awhile now. I could never think of what to do about the headboard. This is it! Thank you so much!

Anrad (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 08:46

I live the PDF!! And this headboard plan came just in time! We wanted to make this bed for our daughter but she wanted a storage headboard and we were trying to figure out how to make her one. You're a perfect mind-reader! Love it! Thanks!!

Anrad (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 08:47

I live the PDF!! And this headboard plan came just in time! We wanted to make this bed for our daughter but she wanted a storage headboard and we were trying to figure out how to make her one. You're a perfect mind-reader! Love it! Thanks!!

merideth (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 08:54

when you're home, give us blogger. when you're at your cabin, give us pdf's. we'll take them any way we can get them! (but don't forget - we don't want you to spend too much time away from your baby!)

Monica (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 09:00

Whatever makes it easiest for you to keep these wonderful plans coming is what work bests for me!!!! I love what you do and what you stand for!!!

Melanie (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 09:13

PDF please! I have actually been wishing more plans were available in PDF form- what a great idea! You rule!

Laurene (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 09:13

Hi Ana,

I love the PDF! I find that it's easier to print and the instructions are tidier to store in a binder for future refernce, unlike the blog format. Thanks again for all the wonderful plans you post and work you do!

Laree (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 09:14

Wow. I thought the pdf would be anoying, but after reading through it, I think it's actually an easier format!

You're amazing girl!

mkonieczki (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 09:30

WHOA! I have to admit, I haven't been to your blog in a few weeks... like, pre-makeover. 1st- I'm amazed somebody hasn't offered you your own tv show. You're so pretty, and certainly awesome at desinging and providing plans for projects. DIY reality tv, watch out! Second, the PDFs are FANTASTIC!

Dana Enzor (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 09:31

This is a GREAT idea! I remember when you posted the easiest way to print your plans was through reader...but look at this!! Great idea and so quick and easy!! LOVE IT

Swati (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 09:44

Whatever gives you the freedom to make! pdf is fine by me at least. But I would love a photo or two and a brief write up each time so I don't have to download the pdf to find out I have absolutely no need for it!

Bullwinkle (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 09:48

Pdf, please, for me.

The pdf is easier to print and use as well as store electronically and find later. The only reason to go back the other way is you. I want you to keep doing this, so I want it to be as easy for you as possible.

Mari Merchant (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 10:12

I LOVE the PDF! The only downside is that it doesn't show up in my feeder so I had to come to the website to see it. With that being said, I'd still rather have the PDF. In the end, all of us really appreciate your free plans, so you should do what's easiest for you (because I don't mind doing a copy/paste job into word)

Lindsay Cesari (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 11:02

I vote PDF, when possible. It's easier to print, and I LOVE the tables for cut list and lumber!!

Goings on at t… (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 11:32

I am a fan of both. I like the idea of PDF so that I can print the plans out more easily, but I also like scrolling through the blog to see them too. Hope you have fun on your trip. Would love to see some fun posts about your vacationing too!

Anna (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 12:25

I love the PDF. Do what you have to! I miss your daily posts when you don't! But your a mom first. DO the PDF!

Memory Moments (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 13:18

I like the pdf's even better! Enjoy time with your family at the cabin. I am a total "blog stalker" and I LOVE yours!

brnh (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 13:49

I turn all the designs I like into pdfs. So my vote is pdf. It is sad that it doesn't appear in my reader, but I usually just read the intro and look at a few pictures to decide if I really want to read it all anyway. (Not that you aren't great. I just don't need baby and child furniture.)

tconlan (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 15:24

LOVE the PDF idea!!! Thank you for so kindly sharing your talents!! Enjoy your cabin and family time!

Regan Rothery (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 16:08

Do whatever you want! You have already helped countless people save thousands upon thousands of dollars. Honey, take a break, take it slow, take it EASY. We love you and want you around for the long haul. In whatever format or electronic platform you choose. xoxo

TMM (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 17:09

I would miss feeling empowered to be able to build things that you teach me if you weren't blogging about it anymore. By far, your blog is my most favorite site on the internet.

lanisanford (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 17:20

I like the idea but when I click on the file, its not a PDF it pops up scribd. I don't know much about it I am just used to the good ole adobe kind of PDF.

Also can't blogs be set up to delay a post until a set time? You could set up all your posts for a week before leaving town? Then they auto post? I don't have a blog myself so I don't know how this kind of thing works.

rubelin (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 17:34

the PDF works just fine, woo for you for a great momma solution!

BTW, while you seem in the mood for headboards, I REALLY need a queen sized bookcase headboard =)

Lex (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 18:14

Woo hoo! This is awesome! My super anal/OCD husband is going to love this for our boys' rooms. Thank you!