Children store toys, books, and games in their room. The closet and bureaus are often filled with clothing, with little space left over for these other items. When adding floor storage units is not feasible, a headboard that features storage compartments is an excellent solution. This project is not difficult and the materials are relatively inexpensive.
You will need:
• 1x2x10 pine boards
• 4×8 light-density fiberboard (LDF) sheets
• Acrylic doors, cut to size
• Table saw
• Nail gun
• Bright colored paint
• High-gloss white paint
• Paint brushes
• Paint tray
• Tack cloth
• Wood glue
• 4-inch wood screws
• Wood filler
• Paraffin wax
• Tape measure
Step 1: Use the tape measure to measure the headboard dimensions, including storage compartment measurements. To make sure you like the layout, use the paper and pencil to create a sketch of the design.
Step 2: Have someone at a local hardware or home improvement store cut the acrylic doors to the desired dimensions, based on the measurements taken.
Step 3: Cut the wood for the back of the headboard, shelves, and vertical and horizontal supports, based on the dimensions and sketch.
Step 4: Cut grooves into the top and bottom of each shelf with the table saw to create a track for the doors. Each groove should measure ¼-inch deep by 3/8-inch wide.
Step 5: Assemble each storage cubby with the nail gun and wood glue. Use the nail gun to attach the back pieces.
Step 6: Use 1×2 boards for trim on the front of the cubbies, creating a finished look. Use the wood filler to fill cracks and nail holes. Let the filler dry and then sand it smooth with the sandpaper. Remove the sanding dust with the tack cloth.
Step 7: Apply primer to the headboard with the paint brush. Allow time for the primer to dry.
Step 8: Paint the back of each shelf a bright color. Let these areas dry. Paint the front and surrounds with high-gloss white paint.
Step 9: Use the stud finder to locate the wall studs in the area where the headboard will be hung. Screw the wood screws into the studs.
Step 10: To make the acrylic doors glide more smoothly, apply paraffin wax to the door edges. Fit the doors onto the top groove of the shelves and then drop them down into the bottom groove.