Sleep in Style, Get Max Function

01-bedroom-furnitureWhether your bedroom is a large suite, or a cozy retreat, you need all the basics—a comfortable bed, storage space, and a proper bedside table—but it is also nice to add in a few extras for a little charm and style, if space allows. We’ve put together a collection of our best step-by-step building projects to outfit your boudoir.

Upholstered Headboard

01-bedroom-furnitureTo up the coziness factor of your bed, make an upholstered headboard. You can customize the fabric pattern and color to match your decor. All you need is a piece of plywood cut to size, plus 1-inch foam, batting, fabric, and nailhead trim. No more leaning up against that hard wall.

Storage Bed

storge bedBuild a bed every bit as practical as it is handsome. We asked This Old House contributor and furniture maker Christopher Beidel, owner of Pernt, in Brooklyn, New York, to re-create this bed from a photo featured in the magazine using DIY-friendly construction techniques.

Wood Hamper

04-bedroom-furnitureA clothes hamper is not the sexiest piece of furniture you’ll ever own. But that’s no excuse for using a tired old canvas bag or an open-top basket to stash your dirty duds. Construct your own hamper with furniture-like details, like the one shown here. The straightforward design is very flexible, and you can customize it according to your bedroom’s style.

Shutter-Door Cabinet

Shutter-Door CabinetIt is difficult to find a handy, compact cabinet for stowing essentials on a limited budget. We turned to TOH general contractor Tom Silva for some DIY advice. He demonstrated how to attach off-the-shelf fixed-louver shutters to an inexpensive, ready-to-assemble bookcase to make a charming cabinet that’s easy on the wallet. With a few finishing touches, like trim and bun feet, this piece will spiff up your bedroom.

Hairpin-Leg Coffee Table

coffee tableBlending rustic wood with industrial metal, this coffee table has a high-end look—but cost less than $70 to make. The secret: vintage hairpin legs, often found on mid-century furniture, now easily available and affordable from online auction sites and marketplaces.

Trimmed-Out Bedside Table


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Once a nondescript catchall for books, photos, and knickknacks, this bedside perch now boasts one-of-a-kind style, thanks to strips of decorative molding. Lengths of stock molding are available at home centers for $5 to $8 for a 6-foot piece. Cut pieces to size, and use wood glue to adhere them to your table.