10 Multi-Tasking Bookcase Headboards That’ll Help You Maximize Your Small Space

updated Feb 4, 2021
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Let’s face it, there’s only so much you can cram underneath your bed. Besides, in the case of books and tchotchkes, you’d probably like a place to actually display them rather than see them relegated out of sight, hastily stacked on the nightstand, or (even worse!) stuffed into a corner of the closet of your tiny bedroom. Enter the bookcase headboard: the multi-functional furniture solution you just may have overlooked when designing your bedroom. Great for small spaces that could use the room a nightstand takes up (or just for anyone with plenty of books to store), here are 10 attractive options in a range of price points to suit any budget.

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.

1 / 10
was $109.00

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.

2 / 10
was $378.00

This sturdy headboard features differently sized storage ledges for creativity in decor arrangement. The central compartment is adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of items, too. It comes in clean white and a gorgeous cherry hue.

3 / 10

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).

4 / 10
was $219.90

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

5 / 10

Style mavens will love this mid-century wonder and its bureau-like design. Made from 100 percent Baltic birch, this headboard features four shelving units complete with sliding doors to let you customize the design and choose what stays on display, making it perfect for hiding items that may not be ready for their close-ups.

6 / 10
Birch Lane
was $930.00

The frame on this headboard is quite stately (almost architectural) and has a nice traditional coastal vibe, if that's what you're into. Featuring seven large, open shelves, the headboard also has a matching bed if you're looking for a paired set.

7 / 10

This freestanding headboard does double duty as a piece of art. You can opt to close the doors and simply place a small clock on top, lean frames on the ledges, or keep the doors partially open to reveal a carefully curated assortment of tchotchkes along the gorgeous, English walnut shelves.

8 / 10
was $508.99

Looking for a headboard with lighting? This bookcase headboard has built-in LED lights that illuminate the two display shelves, perfectly showcasing everything from decor to books to nighttime essentials. Easy-touch switches and clean, contemporary lines make it a piece that's easy to love (and incorporate into most spaces).

9 / 10
was $189.05

The high shelves, traditional styling, and wide selection of colors make this Wayfair option a no-brainer. In addition to plenty of storage space in the headboard, the frame is North American-made from non-toxic wood materials for a pick you can feel really good about buying.

10 / 10
RH Teen

This grande dame of storage beds is handcrafted from kiln-dried spruce and includes three inset lights, complimentary assembly, and free shipping as well. Its 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.

This post was originally published on January 9, 2018, and was last updated on February 4, 2021 to reflect current prices and offerings. Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.