No Room For a Nightstand? Try This Multi-Tasking Piece Instead

Let’s face it – there’s only so much you can cram underneath your bed. In the case of books and tchotchkes, you’d like a place to actually display them but in a tiny bedroom, they’re often relegated to being stacked hastily on the nightstand, or stuffed into a corner of the closet.

Enter the bookcase headboard: the multi-functional furniture solution you may have overlooked. Great for small spaces that could use the room a nightstand takes up, or just for anyone with plenty of books to store, we’ve rounded up some attractive options at a range of price points. Note: you can score just a headboard for much less than an entire bed set, but we’ve included both options below to suit a variety of needs.

This economical (and attractive!) headboard option offers an of-the-moment weathered wood look without the hefty price tag. Added bonus: a matching platform bed frame is available to complete the look – and includes a spacious drawer for even more storage.

This sturdy headboard in a clean white hue features different sized storage ledges, for creativity in decor arrangement. The central compartment is adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of items, too. Free shipping is even included to sweeten the deal.

The curved molding on the top of this headboard lends a softer look to this laminate piece. A small bit of assembly is required, but Wayfair offers an assembly package for under $60 for the toolkit-challenged (or just plain lazy—we’re not judging).

This extra-high headboard offers a great bang for your buck, with multiple compartments of various sizes to tickle your decorating fancy. It’s made in the USA and offers a 5-year warranty, to boot.

Birch Lane’s bookcase headboard is offered in a multitude of colors, but we’re partial to the clean look of white on this particular piece. In addition to a high middle shelving compartment (perfect for storing larger books upright), it also features two drawers, for items that may not be ready for their close-up.

The frame on this headboard is quite stately (almost architectural) and has a nice traditional coastal vibe if that’s what you’re into. You could also add on a storage footboard to squeeze in even more.

This freestanding headboard also performs double duty as a piece of art. You can opt to close the doors and simply line the top with a small clock, lean frames on the ledges, or keep the doors partially open to reveal a carefully curated assortment of tchotchkes.

The high shelves, matching (included) bed frame, and choice of simple black or white make this option a no-brainer. In addition to plenty of storage space in the headboard, the frame is composed almost entirely of shelving as well. You can opt to add a bed skirt to hide anything unsightly, or keep it clean and modern by leaving the frame visible.

This grande dame of storage beds is handcrafted from kiln-dried spruce and includes 3 inset lights, complimentary assembly, and free shipping as well. It’s height (a show-stopping 86″) assures this stunner will be the focal point of your bedroom, in addition to fulfilling every last one of your storage dreams.


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