Introduction: Headboard With Integrated Bedside Tables and Lighting

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I created this custom headboard at the request of a friend who no longer wanted bedside tables or floor cables to facilitate cleaning.

It is made of melamine, equipped with 2 hanging bedside tables with doors and sockets, and an LED lighting system with touch dimmers. It measures 2.5m wide and 1.2m high, it is suitable for a bed 1.6m wide.

The video

Tools used:

  • Circular saw
  • Plate Joiner
  • Router tool
  • Miter saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill press
  • Hand tools

Cost: 200 €

  • 4 melamine panels: 103 €
  • 4 Edge Banding: 25 €
  • Sheet metal: 11 €
  • 2 touch switches: 19 €
  • 2 sockets: € 8
  • Miscellaneous: 34 €

Time spent: 30H


Materials :

Step 1: Plans and 3d View

I started by drawing a 3D model to realize the final result, from there, I printed the plan.

In total I needed 4 melamine boards of 2.5 x 0.6 meters (thickness 18mm) and to optimize the cuts I drew a cutting plan.

Dimensions are in millimeters.

Step 2: Cut Boards

Following the cutting plans, I used a circular saw with a homemade rail, this rail allows me to cut up to 2.5 m.

To avoid splinters, I first pass the saw upside down to 1mm deep, and I finish by cutting forward over the entire thickness.

For small cuts I used a miter saw.

Step 3: Assembly

For an invisible assembly I used a plate joiner and wood glue.

I dig the 2 parts at the same time with the plate joiner to be perfectly aligned, I insert the strips (also called cookies) and I add wood glue.
The elements are then held in place with clamps while the glue dries.

Step 4:

I stick the edge banding, but since they are a little too wide, I level them with the cutter.

Step 5: Integration of the Brushed Aluminum Plate

To integrate the aluminum strip, I dug 1.5mm into the router by following a ruler on each side, then I finished by hollowing out the center.
I then glued it and it fits perfectly into its location.

Step 6: Door Hinges

Still with an aesthetic concern, I chose invisible hinges.
I dig the doors with a drill bit to clip the hinges, and, on the fixed side, I screw the hinge supports.

Instead of door handles, I chose more discreet pushers: Just press the door to open it.

Step 7: Lamp Holders

I dig the lamp supports with the router (fixed under the workbench) to integrate the LED strips.
I chose an aluminum profile with an opaque cover, it fits perfectly in the housing.

Step 8: Touch Dimmer

I cut a square with the jigsaw, I screw and wire the touch switch / dimmer.

Step 9: Electrical Outlets

I pierce the board with a hole saw to install 2 sockets.

For the 12V supply of the LEDs I got a laptop charger.

Step 10: Up / Down Link

To facilitate transport, I separated the headboard into 4 parts: top / bottom / 2 bedside tables.

To connect the top and bottom I have provided cookies that will only be glued on one side.

Step 11: Wall Fastening System

The headboard will be fixed to the wall on 2 supports.

At the back of the headboard, I make hooks reinforced with an aluminum plate.

Step 12: Pre-assembly

The 2 vertical wall supports also serve to connect the upper part to the lower part.

Step 13: Installation

For the installation I screwed the beveled supports with plasterboard dowels.

The four elements are then transported and assembled on site, and the assembly is fixed to the wall by 2 persons.

Step 14: Done!

It's over ! The bed is put back in place and my friends are very happy with this new creation!

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