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.


medea (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 22:00

Another huge thumbs up on the PDF!

This will make it harder for me to use my iPhone to purchase materials at the store, but it is so easy for printing I don't even need to think about that, I don't think.

In Japan we use different sized paper from the US, so it can be very hard to print off the net. But a PDF is so easy to resize without losing text. I'm loving it, thank you Ana.

laur (not verified)

Thu, 07/08/2010 - 02:57

Ana, the PDF is amazing! I love the format and it's so easy to print off and take with me to the store. Go enjoy your cabin, and know how much we all appreciate your hard work!

Rachelle (not verified)

Thu, 07/08/2010 - 03:12

LOve the PDF. Easy to print for me and bonus, you get to be at the cabin and the rest of us still get furniture plans. Thanks for all that you do!

Catherine (not verified)

Thu, 07/08/2010 - 05:20

I actually prefer the pdf to the blog form. I appreciate the introductions you provide, and it is fun to know how you came up with a certain plan (the challenges, the trade-offs, etc.). But it would be nice to have the plan all in one easily printed place. And I could go for less "why you should build it" and more "let's get down to business: here's the plan." Because the plans are why I come here - just this weekend, we built a farmhouse table and a play kitchen. They look amazing, even half-built!

This building your own stuff thing is addictive! So thank you, and be sure to do what seems easiest and most natural to you.

Clarissa (not verified)

Thu, 07/08/2010 - 07:10

I love the PDF format much better! Much easier to print and save! Plus if it makes it easier for you, do it! Thanks so much for all your hard work. I am constantly inspired by your work!

Andrea (not verified)

Thu, 07/08/2010 - 11:08

Love the pdf! But really, I think we'd all love whatever you give us in whatever format is best for you!
As someone else said, beggars can't be choosers!
You rock :)

Jo (not verified)

Fri, 07/09/2010 - 03:20

Thanks for doing the PDF thing. I swear I was copying everything to word and saving. Waiting for the day (and time when I could make just about everything you've ever posted). This blog rocks - especially for those of us who are furniture challenged but not afraid to make anything with the proper instruction. Thank you for that as well!

merideth (not verified)

Sun, 07/11/2010 - 02:49

tip for building this if you have only cheap, inconsistently sized and shaped "construction" lumber available to you, like i do . . .

after the bookshelf boxes are built, attach first the top and bottom trim and THEN measure exactly to cut the side trim. it's so important to have the top/bottom trim flush, but for me, no 2 pieces (or even both ends of same piece) of wood are the same size, so . . .

sigh. :)

Merica (not verified)

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 20:20

Ana, You are my hero! I get so inspired when I visit your blog. I really want to start on the storage bed, but i also have the delema of finding a good wall for a desk in my "tween's" room. Is there any way, in your spare time (as if you had any) You could knock off the storage bed with a built in desk?... even if you just ended with the desk on one side and storage on the other so it isn't quite as long.

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 02:03

I really like this! I would love to see that headboard with the hinged footboard from birdsandsoup's farmhouse bed.

Just out of curiosity, have you ever tried to build something like that where the headboard sits against the wall and is tufted/padded and is high enough that someone could sit up and lean against it and the shelf would be above that with lights (sort of like under-cabinet lighting). Maybe some trim on the front to hide the light. I'm thinking something similar to some of the furniture tradition beds where they have built in power outlets and dimmer switches (although that is very fancy).
I wish I had a picture of exactly what I'm envisioning. My drawing skills leave much to be desired and I don't have a tablet.


Fri, 05/20/2016 - 07:24

Have you by chance posted the plans for the shelves under the bed as well as the book shelves on the sides? I would love to build this entire thing for my daughter