Headboards as Room Dividers

Headboards as Room Dividers

Sarah Coffey
Aug 24, 2010

This look works well if you've got a studio that needs some separate zones or you're working with an open space and you want to "float" your bed in the middle of it. An oversized headboard that doubles as a divider can anchor the bed, creating a room-within-a-room.

In Jay's Chelsea apartment, a custom bookshelf is a headboard, a storage piece, and an entryway wall all-in-one. He cleverly incorporated closed storage on the bottom and open shelving on the top to give the piece weight as a headboard, but openness as a room divider.

A partition wall creates a very dramatic headboard in this image from Sunset Magazine. For other inspiring examples of partition wall headboards, see this post.

At the Aloft Hotel, a headboard serves triple functions: it's a closet, a headboard with built-in sidetables and lighting, and a partition wall.

Marie Claire Maison designers used two unfinished IKEA Rast chests to make this headboard. They painted the chests, cut a chipboard panel to cover one side, and upholstered the panel using batting, fabric and a staple gun. The final piece has storage on one side and an upholstered headboard on the other.

At the One Hotel in Cambodia, the bed rests on a platform that runs the length of the room, functioning as a sink/bathroom counter at one end and bedroom storage at the other end. A headboard divides the two areas, and a mirror mounted to the back of it defines the "bathroom" zone.

Photos: Jill Slater, Thomas J. Story / Sunset Magazine, Paul Johnson/Rockwell Group via Metropolis, Jerome Galland for Marie Claire Maison, The One Hotel

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