Headboard with Fold Down Tray Tables

Headboard with Fold Down Tray Tables
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This DIY headboard has fold down tray tables - so you can enjoy breakfast in bed or take care of some laptop work.  Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

Headboard with Fold Down Tray Tables
Headboard with Fold Down Tray Tables

Do you ever wish there was a built in breakfast table in your bed?  So Sunday morning coffee or Friday night wine have a place?  Or Tuesday night laptop work while watching your favorite show.  

My sister Phebe recently had her first baby, and needed just such a thing to stay close to the baby while still getting a little work done, or maybe even finishing a much needed cup of coffee.  Of course, you can't just go out and buy such a thing, so she called me up and put in an order!

Here's how I built the headboard

What do you think?  We love how it turned out, esecially the functionality and the simplicty of the build!

As promised, you'll find the plans for this storage headboard with tray tables below!

Enjoy! Ana

PS - Come back and share a photo or two when you are done - we love seeing your finished projects!

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Headboard with Fold Down Tray Tables

Headboard with Fold Down Tray Tables
Suitable for QUEEN sized bed - 60" wide mattress - Dimensions shown above - height depends on mattress height


Shopping List

5 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long or stud length

1 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long or stud length

1 - 4' x 8' sheet of 1/4" thick plywood or underlayment

4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

3 - hinges - at least six holes and longer screws preferred

3 - hinge supports (like these)

3 - locks

Screws or bracket to attach headboard to wall

Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 60"

2 - 2x4 @ 24"

2 - 2x4 @ Mattress Height + 30-1/2"  - legs

1 - 2x4 @ 60"

1 - 2x6 @ 65"

1/4" plywood @ 63" x 27"

6 - 1x3 @ 19"


6 - 1x3 @ 23-3/4"

6 - 1x3 @ 13-3/4"

3 - 1/4" plywood @ 23-3/4" x 18-3/4"

Cutting Instructions

For the 1/4" plywood -

First rip into a strip 27" x 96

Then rip another strip, 18-3/4" x 96

From these strips, cut the back and door panels (see cut list)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the 2x4s @ 24" and the 2x4s @ 60".

Attach the 24" 2x4s to the 60" 2x4s as shown in the diagram with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

No pocket hole jig?  You can also use 2-3/4" self tapping wood screws.  Make sure you predrill holes to prevent wood from splitting.

Step 2

Attach legs to the inner framing.

Step 3

Attach bottom filler piece, flush to front edges of frame.

Step 4

Attach back 1/4" plywood with 3/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Cut the shelf boards and drill two 3/4" pocket holes on each end.  Attach inside the project with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, leaving at least 8" at the bottom (to accommodate the hinge supports)

Step 7

Build doors with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Nail 1/4" plywood to the back with 3/4" brad nails or narrow crown staples.

Hinge on at bottom.

Attach hinge supports on inside so when opened, the project is at a 90 degree angle to the headboard.

Install locks at top.



Mon, 07/29/2019 - 07:37

The recommended hinges don't work for this design because of the backer board.  It appears in your photos that you used a different kind.  Can you recommend hinges that fit in the space and lock the tray at 90 degrees?


Sun, 05/17/2020 - 22:16

Absolutely beautiful piece Ana! Making this with your classic storage bed. I’m upgrading to king. Can you possibly help me convert this to king size?


Thu, 06/25/2020 - 06:59

Hello Ana, how can I modify this to make it fit a king size bed?