DIY Book Headboard

October 16, 2012

The new apartment was still feeling a little empty and un-lived in so Simon and I set about on this fun little project! It took as about 4 days to put it all together but most that time was spent sourcing the materials so if you were smart about it (and know where to get things – unlike us) then you could do it in a day easy.


1. To start this project I needed a lot of books – I tried yard sales first but ended up finding all my books at thrift stores. Some stores charge way more than others for the books, so I set myself a budget of $1 per book.

2. Choosing the books can be difficult! You want as many hardcover books of the same size as possible as this will make laying out the books much easier. I ended up using 27 of the 42 books I bought.

3. Measure up the size you would like your headboard but make sure it is about 1cm in from where the mattress ends on either side. This helps give the illusions that the books are simply there and not attached to anything. If like me you can’t transport one large piece of wood home you can get two pieces which will then be secured together.

4. Put the wood how the finished headboard will be so that you can mark the mattress height. Marking this is so that you know where on the boards the books should start.

5. Now move the boards to somewhere they can be laid flat and you have room to move around them. Choosing the layout for the books is like finishing a jigsaw puzzle. You need to place the books in lines of the same height books and make sure  the books extend over the edges of the board at least a little on both sides. I found the books on the top and the bottom row can be different heights but the books in the middle rows must be the same height.

6. Once you have an order you are happy with make sure you number the books so that if they get mixed up you know exactly where they go back.

7. When securing the books I used small nails, I left 2-4 pages free above the ones I nailed down. I started with the second row from the top as this would give me a nice straight line to work with. Next I nailed down the top row and then moved my way down from there. If you are using two boards of wood rather than one make sure that you use sturdy books where the join is and add some extra nails.

8. Once all the books are secured you can move the headboard into place – you will need two people for this! Now those loose pages need to be secured. Using double sided table stick down the top pages. If there are pages that lay fairly flat you may want to leave a few loose. To create the illusion of how a book would look if it were just sitting open on a table stick the pages so a bump is created. Be creative with how you secure the pages, you don’t want every book to look the same. However the bottom row of books should have the pages secured as flat as possible so that they do not get caught on pillows or sheets.

9. Now its time to enjoy your creation!


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  • Richard Everson October 16, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Hi Kassandra,

    Your creativity knows no bounds! Looks great. My mum would suggest it may get a little dusty (she doesn’t know how conscientious you are at housekeeping!). For those after a low maintenace version, consider building a frame around the books and laying a piece of 3 mm perspex on top – kind of like building a 3D picture frame.

    • admin October 16, 2012 at 6:48 am

      the perspex is a pretty good idea! For now I think ill stick to dusting :)

  • Jeanette October 18, 2012 at 3:15 am

    What an amazing idea and a great way to surround yourself with beloved book! Love the colors that old book pages turn and there is nothing like the smell of a book. Great job!

    • Teri February 15, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Unless the book smells like mold!

  • snyggsnag October 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Amazing idea and it looks so beautiful! Have to keep it in mind when I will get a new bed …

  • ReFab Diaries October 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve imagined doing something like this so many times … wonderful wonderful!!!! Good for you!

  • Ann Morris Bruehler October 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Love this idea and have never seen anything like it! I might do this to a small wall…

    • admin October 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      I think this would make a great wall or you could do something like this inside a large box frame. If you do something I would love to see photos :)

  • Mija October 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Hello! Beautiful headboard, and I may be stealing this idea, but thats because its so beautiful, I want one for myself, and it is a great use out of those old books I have laying around! I want to ask, how did you hang/mount your pieces of wood onto your wall?

    • Kassandra October 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you and if you do something I would love to see pics. I have a very solid bed frame so it is actually just resting against the wall but if your bedframe won’t support it then you could always add a few screws into the wall maybe leave a couple of books off where you want to attach it to the wall and then attach those books at the very end once it is up.

  • Gina October 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Is it comfortable if you want to lean against while sitting up in bed?

  • Natalie October 19, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Oh the possibilities stemming from this idea. A kids headboard perhaps with children’s illustrated books.

    • Kassandra October 19, 2012 at 3:45 am

      cute idea Natalie. If you could find kids books that has the same colour schemes it would look even more adorable.

  • Marie October 19, 2012 at 3:15 am

    What a waste of books. Books are sources of knowledge and to be nailed to a board so no one can read them is a shame. Use a bookshelf as headboard but don’t ruin the books.

    • Kassandra October 19, 2012 at 3:48 am

      Half of them are in languages I can’t read, most were bought for 25c and the reference books are well out of date. But I did find a few books from the 20’s that are now sitting on my bookshelf because like you say, they were simply to beautiful to not be able to flick through. So I don’t think it was a wast at all, more of a saving of books if anything.

    • Susie February 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Most of the books I have found , nobody wants to read, so nail away. The books are happier as part of a creative idea, than sitting wasted in a thrift shop. Just sayin…

    • Gwendolyn February 3, 2016 at 9:45 am

      This inspires and reminds us all to read real books instead of using a Kindle or listening to audiobooks. Beautiful. Not a waste at all, in my opinion!
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    • Kate June 4, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Are you serious, Marie?! I hope you’ve altered your opinion since writing this comment. There are books that are positive swill, hackneyed or just garbage- books that should have never been published. Yeah, I know, some people have this idea that books are somehow sacred but just because something is in a book doesn’t mean it’s wonderful. How about you spend time with some Amazon resellers and visit storage units filled with crap? I know someone who blew out her son-in-law’s trailer tires when she and her demented husband half filled a 16′ trailer with books- almost 15 years ago now. He dropped them off, filling a storage unit 100 miles from her starting point, moved them across the country and she never returned for them. Imagine paying even $50/month for storing books because she thinks they symbolize something more than the words printed on them, as she does. That’s a really twisted logic and one of the conclusions of that attitude.

      (the books in the headboard can now be more easily read than the books stored by that woman 15 years ago.)

      • Kassandra June 10, 2016 at 9:17 pm

        What a fabulous comment… love it. You are so right, there ARE amazing and beautiful books but most of these would of ended up in the garbage… at least here they are loved and seen

  • Emma October 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Don’t you tear the pages when you lean up against it to, say, read in bed? Seems like it wouldn’t stand up very well.

    • Kassandra October 19, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Hey Emma, The pages of the bottom row of books are stuck down extra well so they dont catch when you prop up the pillows agains them :)

  • Laura October 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I would love to try this with old comic annuals!

  • Ron Heard October 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Oh, Kassandra,

    I knew you were in sooooo much trouble when you mentioned nailing and gluing books. … The confirmed bibliophiles would be lighting torches and heating tar all over town. But, I like the concept, and I will take the sacrilege one giant leap forward. I have been collecting old books on religion (as opposed to old religious books) and have quite a number. (I have been fascinated by the human need for religious guidance…) Nailing them to a board would be soooo deliciously poetic, and I will have the double whammy of sleeping soundly beneath the protection of so much religious thought and expended energy!

    Thank you for the wonderful idea and suggestion, but keep your head under your pillows for a while.

  • MackenziLee October 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    This is so unbelievably awesome, but how did you mount it on your wall? My landlord won’t let me drill holes. Any other ideas for how to make it work without screws?

    • Kassandra October 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      my bedbase holds up the whole headboard – if you think your bed base won’t hold it up you could try attaching it to the bed for extra support

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  • Delaney October 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    As an avid reader, I absolutely love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Zara Tretyakova October 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Great post, I admire the writing style :) A little off topic here but what theme are you using? Looks pretty cool.

    • Kassandra October 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you Zara :) and as for the theme its one I created

  • Vitaly Izmailova October 21, 2012 at 12:33 am

    That’s really interesting. Thanks for posting all the great information! Had never thought of it all that way before.

  • Helen October 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    What happens when one props pillows up against it to sit up and read in bed? Probably not possible to read in bed anymore. In my opinion not a very practical idea, but certainly creative.

  • Hermoine October 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    This is a great idea! But, I’m concerned about dust and those tiny book worms. Any ideas how to keep the dust and tiny book worms away?

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    Love this! Very creative idea for an old book lover like me!

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  • Megan October 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    This is lovely! I may have to forgo the patina of older books though and do what I can with new ones. I’m allergic to dust/mold of old books! I used to have to do any library research in nurse gloves and pray I wasn’t stupid enough to rub my eyes.

    I may try some dying treatment with tea. If you’re interested I can let you know about the results.


  • Marion October 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I love this idea – what would happen if you used a clear shellac to cover the
    books to give them a clear coat. It would get rid the problem of pages ripping,
    and make it easier to dust. Just not sure what it would do to the pages.
    Any ideas?

    • Susie February 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Actually, you are right on. I did a project with some old books & used clear poly to preserve them. It has held up for many years.

  • mariela October 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Muy util

  • Fátima Regina da Silva October 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I love it!

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    nice idea love how you have teamed it up with the suck uk pendant light…

  • Mat October 29, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I gave your idea a try last night and I think it turned out nice. Used an old set of encyclopedias, set of children’s books and some old medical dictionaries. It was fun finding specific pages that related to my wife and I in some way. Here’s my Flickr page with the result.

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  • Susan October 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Great idea – for anyone else looking to do this head to your local library. Most of them sell their old books for less than $1 a piece, some as low as $0.25 and not only are you getting some books for your project, but you help support the library programs.

  • joe October 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    use screws

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    LOVE IT!! I am stealing your idea for two twin beds. I want to do them with children’s books. I am thinking colorful illustrated pages would look good., and they would mount flatter, easier to install and switch out when the pages get damaged or dirtied; and glossy pages might be easier to dust. I also thought buying a series of books that all come in the same size.
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    I am crazy about the book headboard!!! I love to read, but the only time I get to read is at night. This headboard is my dream board!! The only drawback is I love books and It would be like hurting a good friend to nail all thoes wonderful books to the wall. Thanks for sush an inspiring idea!

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  • Jenny December 28, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Hi Kassandra, This is such an amazing idea!! This is exactly what I was looking for, and I can’t wait to get started and make my own. I’m curious to know what type of materials you bought, in terms of the type of wood particularly. I’m also assuming the sizing of each book matters. Did you buy the books all based on the same dimensions? Carpentry is not my strong suit at all, so any extra tips or advice would be terrific. Thanks!!

    • Kassandra December 28, 2012 at 6:12 am

      Hi Jenny,
      I was on a budget so when we went to the hardware store we chose the cheapest large pieces of wood that were still thick enough to stand without warping… you can always just ask the staff and they can point you in the right direction! When buying the books you just want to find as many that are the same height as possible (width and thickness doesn’t matter as much)… the trickiest but most fun part is laying out the books… it is a little like a jigsaw puzzle! Good luck and I would love to see photos when you done

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    I absolutely adore this…sharing my love of books and sleeping in one LOL

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    Love the picture! But love too much the books to clue them: no more possible then.

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    I thought of an extra step that can make this a more finished and seamless project – paint the wood base the same color as the wall it is mounted on!

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    Greetings! I featured this tutorial some time last year and an good friend of mine actually made it. Her home was just featured on Apartment Therapy … I thought you might like to see it:
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      Thank you so much for sharing this, totally made my day!

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    such a great idea!

  • julie mack April 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    As a used Book seller, I can tell you that if you use outdated books for this project, it is ok. Not every book is valuable or even useful. As for bugs, if you are paranoid about them, bake your books for ah hour in a 250-300 degree oven. Do NOT bake them any higher than that. Paper combusts at 415 degrees F. The books will dry out. mold and mildew will die and little bugs too. You could also freeze them for 24 hours if you have room in your freezer. I love this project, I have a lot of books with bad spine damage this would be good for. Also there are a lot of books out there like encyclopedias and farmers almanacs that are almost free. Love this Project. Trying to convince technohubby that it is just that cool, that we need to do this.

  • Nicole April 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    OMG, this is such a creative idea.
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  • Lilly June 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I just made one for my room! Thank you for the idea!

    • Kassandra June 5, 2015 at 9:37 am

      thats so awesome to hear… I would love to see a photo :D

  • Kathryn June 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hi, Kassadra!
    Love the headboard! In the process of gathering books so I can try this out. Do you remember how thick the wood panels were that you created the base out of? The pictures makes me think it’s about 1/2 inch to 1 inch, but I can’t tell for sure. Thanks for any insight on this, and thank you for the great inspiration!

    • Kassandra June 7, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Hey Kathryn,

      So excited to hear that your going to make your own, I would LOVE to see photos when its done. I’m sorry I can’t remember how thick the panels were… but when your at the hardware store it should be pretty easy to tell, they need to be rigid enough to stand up and hold the weight of the books without flopping anywhere.

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  • Isabelle May 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    C’est vraiment une tres bonne idée et ça rend super bien…

  • Joanna June 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Hi Kassandra!
    I made you head board and it looks fabulous. Thanks for the idea. My daughter loves to read so this is perfect. I am worried out the wear and tear on the books, especially around where her pillows will be. Any idea on what type of a sealer or something to use on them? Thanks!! Joanna

    • Kassandra June 10, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      So excited to hear you made the headboard! I would LOVE to see a photo. I don’t have a perfect solution, although I know some very thoughtful people have left suggestions in the comments.

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    Hi Kassandra

    I have had a lot of time to think while reading the comments, even though it is four plus years later on some of them. Has anyone ever tried to use mod podge , the stuff that protects puzzles or to an extreme epoxy to cover the headboard to prevent liquid accidents?

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    How about doing this in the bathroom, say, behind the toilet?

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    Amazing idea and it looks so beautiful!

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