How to Make a Bookcase Headboard How to Make a Bookcase Headboard

What You'll Need
Seven wooden planks of 10 feet length by 1 foot width by 3/4 inch thick
Measuring tape
A circular saw
A drill
Nails or screws
Filler for wood
Lacquer bottle
Hammer
Primer bottle
Paint bottle
Sand paper strips

A bedside bookcase headboard is a perfect place for book lovers to place and keep their books safe. Books are easily one of the most neglected possessions in the home if there is no proper rack or cupboard for their storage. A bookcase headboard serves the purpose of both segregation and proper arrangement of books. It is very easy to make a bookcase headboard, especially if you are a DIY enthusiast.

Step 1 – Cut Wood Planks according to Measure

The 7 pieces of wood planks have to be cut using a circular saw according to the following dimensions. Measure these dimensions using the measurement tape. Rub the pieces with sandpaper on all sides prior to use.

  • 1 piece of 68 by 12 inches
  • 1 piece of 66 1/2 by 12 inches
  • 1 piece of 66 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches
  • 2 pieces of 47 1/4 by 12 inches
  • 2 pieces of 35 1/4 by 12 inches
  • 2 pieces of 35 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches
  • 6 pieces of 11 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches
  • 2 pieces of 48 by 12 inches

Step 2 – Constructing Left Side

Take one each of 47 1/4 inch by 12 inch piece, 35 1/4 inch by 12 inch piece and 35 1/4 inch by 8 1/2 inch piece and attach to form a "U" shaped box. Insert three 11 1/4 inch by 8 1/2 inch piece as shelves inside the box at 1, 11 and 21 inches above the base.

Step 3 - Constructing Right Side

Follow the same step as above with only difference is that keep the 47 1/4 inch by 12 inch piece on the right and 35 1/4 inch by 12 inch piece to the left.  

Step 4 – Cover Both Sides

With one 66 1/2 inch by 12 inch piece, cover the top of the 35 1/4 inch pieces on both sides such that it extends to 47 1/4 inch pieces too. Attach firmly with iron nails and hammer. Be cautious to match the front edge. Now, use one 66 1/2 inch by 11 1/4 inch piece vertically to even out the previously placed piece on top of 47 1/4 inch piece.

Step 5 – Place the Top

Place the longest, 68 inch piece on top of the set up. Make sure it is level with all the sides. After that, vertically attach the remaining 48 inch by 24 inch piece at the bottom of top shelf.

Step 6 – Finishing Touch

Round off all the exposed edges on all sides. Trim the edges for this purpose. Use the wood filler to fill all the small holes in the wood pieces. Then rub the holes with sandpaper once more. Lastly, paint the bookcase headboard in the color of your choice or something matching to the décor of the bedroom.

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