15 Bookcase Bed Ideas to Add Utility to Your Bedroom
Creating extra storage space in your bedroom is a great way to efficiently use every available square foot. Storage solutions can also improve aesthetics and comfort. One of the most popular furniture ideas for this is a bookcase bed. When space is limited, a bookcase bed can be the space-saving solution to the problem of overflowing books and belongings. In this article, we discuss 15 bookcase bed ideas that add utility and beauty to your bedroom.
Bookcase bed ideas to add utility to a bedroom include using the bookcase as a partition, footboard, and headboard with different storage components, using a bed frame with storage space, and installing a bed within a variety of different bookcases. Also, create more utility space by introducing a specialty bed with specific storage options, such as a loft bed, a day bed, or a bunk bed.
What is a Bookcase Bed?
A bookcase bed is a close-sided unit that can be used to store books and to display interesting decor items. It can be a luxurious, chic piece of furniture that makes your bedroom beautiful and modern. Using a bookcase bed you can add a focal point to a bedroom.
A bookcase bed is a bed that includes a fitted bookcase as the headboard. Some bookcase beds can also feature a bookcase as the footboard or as a partition to divide up the space.
What can be more practical for a book lover than being able to grab a book from their bed’s bookcase before sleeping? Read our article on how to style a bookcase bed for ideas on how to make your bookcase stand out.
1. Use a Bookcase Bed Headboard As a Partition
A headboard bookcase is one of the simplest and least intrusive bookcase bed ideas. You can also stack two headboard bookcase beds against each other to divide a room into separate areas. Since the headboard is not a large addition, major reorganization will not be required. You'll just need to organize the shelves to declutter the space.
You can use the top of the bookcase to place picture frames, a flower vase, or other decorative items. This will make the headboard seem more like a partition than a part of the bed. The headboard bookcase bed does not provide the most storage space out of all the solutions mentioned in this article, but it’s still a great option. This cube bookcase will make an ideal partition because of the different levels.
2. Use a Bookcase Bed Footboard
Like a headboard bookcase, a footboard bookcase takes up little room and doesn't require much of an overhaul to your existing space. The purpose of a footboard is not only to enhance the style of your bed, and to hold the bedding in place, but also to add decoration. Footboards look elegant but they don’t provide much storage space. Similarly to the headboard option, the footboard bookcase provides an attractive surface for decorating and storing items.
3. Use a Side Attached Bookcase Bed
You can install a bookcase on the side of your bed. It is a good space-saving trick for small bedrooms and can provide storage options such as drawers or open shelves. Using a side attached bookcase bed is a creative solution for displaying some of your favorite items on open shelves and storing other items inside drawers.
4. Use a Bookcase Bed Frame
A clever way to organize your favorite items and store them away is to invest in a storage bed frame that features a bookcase in both the side rails and the footboard. This bed frame style provides a larger storage space than the three previous styles. It looks lavish when it is well organized and is perfect for modern interior décor. Read our article on 10 bookcase bed nook ideas that will make your room cozier.
5. Use a Headboard with a Pull-out Bookcase
A headboard with a pull-out storage system and this headboard with a hidden storage component can be used for easy storage access. This style is very practical in terms of usability and a great bookcase bed idea if you prefer keeping the existing setup of the bedroom. It provides similar storage space to the bookcase headboard but the only difference is that it is hidden inside the headboard. Read our article about tips to hide a bookcase bed if you prefer to conceal the bookcase storage.
6. Use a Bed Bridge Bookcase
The bridge bookcase is a charming overhead and side storage option. This style of bookcase functions as a headboard with shelves on either side of the bed and an overhead platform. You could hang items up on the inside of the bridge and also place items above it. This design is best suited for a larger bedroom because the bridge and the side shelves take up more space. This video tutorial shows just how easy it is to construct your own bed bridge bookcase.
7. Use a Bridge Bookcase with a Murphy Bed
Similar to the previous design, this bookcase bed idea includes a bookcase with a Murphy bed and laces your bed within a bookcase, under a bookcase bridge. The difference is that the bed will be retractable and once retracted, can be covered by sliding shelves. This is a great option for a convertible guest bedroom. The bridge bookcase with a built-in fold-down bed provides a lot of storage space, and the Murphy bed hardware is readily available. The only downside is the arduous installation process if you plan to install it yourself. Read our article on 10 Murphy bed accessories that will compliment your Murphy bed. You can find more information about Murphy beds here.
A Murphy bed is also included in our complete guide to air bed alternatives, so make sure to check that out too. While you're at it, you might find interest in our article exploring the question, air bed vs. sleeping pad- how do I choose the right one for my needs?
8. Use a Bookcase Daybed with a Side Bookcase
A daybed with a side bookcase is a great way to provide a lounging and reading area in your living space. After reading your favorite book, it’s a great place for an afternoon nap. Some designs feature pull-out drawers on one side of the bed. This smaller bed can also be perfect for a child’s bed.
9. Use a Corner Bed with a Back and Side bookcase
A corner bed with an attached side and back bookcase provides great storage space and will fit nicely in a corner of your room. These beds might not have bed frames or risers and can be lower, making them preferable to those users that prefer sleeping closer to the ground. This can help to achieve the feeling of sleeping on a futon. Read our article that compares Murphy Beds vs. Day Beds and sofa beds, to learn more about the differences and similarities of these types of beds.
10. Use a Bunk Bed with a Bookcase Staircase
You can find bunk beds with bookcases on Amazon. These are versatile storage beds for small spaces and can include a bookcase underneath the bed, or even be incorporated into the steps, without occupying extra space within the bed. These are convenient options for children, shared rooms, or adults looking to vertically extend storage or sleeping areas.
11. Use a Bunk Bed with a Bookcase
Another bunk bed option features a built-in bookcase that is incorporated into the bed frame. You can decorate the bookcase with art pieces or store your books on the shelves. This design is great for adults and children.
12. Use a Bed with Head and Footboard Bookcases
This custom design bookcase bed has both a headboard and footboard bookcase. It provides extra space for storing books while leaving the sides of your bed open. Some designs also feature pull-out drawers on either side underneath the bed.
13. Use a Total Wall Murphy Bed Bookcase
If you have a large book collection and space is limited in your bedroom, a Murphy bed installed into the entire wall bookcase will be the perfect solution. This design is eye-catching and can certainly be a conversation starter. It provides a practical element for storing books and a lavish piece of decor that can add interest to your bedroom.
14. Use a Loft Bed with a Bookcase
Loft beds only have a bed at the top of the structure as opposed to bunk beds which have top and bottom beds. Like bunk beds, loft beds can include a bookcase and drawers to be used for keeping books and adding utility to your bedroom. Read our article on ways to style the space below your loft bed to get the most out of this convenient item of furniture.
15. Use a Loft Bed with a Staircase
A loft bed with a staircase combines the utility of the bunk bed-style staircase shelves, with the height of a single loft bed. Loft beds require stairs for you to reach the bed, so their design can also feature a staircase. They fit perfectly in adults’ bedrooms, and college dorms because they maximize the vertical space in smaller rooms. Read our article on how to make a college bed more comfortable, if you will be using this style of bed in a dorm room.
Summary of Popular Bookcase Bed Ideas
|Type of Bookcase Bed||Example||Price|
|Headboard partition bookcase||Coaster Home Furnishings Reversible Bookcase Bookshelf||~$190|
|Bookcase bed footboard||Hoobro Kids Bookcase Footboard, Storage Cubby, Storage Cabinet||~$90|
|Side attached bookcase||South Shore Vito Bookcase Headboard||~$100|
|Bookcase bed frame||South Shore Avilla Queen Storage Bed with Baskets||~$400|
|Daybed with bookcase||Discovery World Furniture Daybed||~$700|
|Bunk bed with bookcase||Twin Over Full Bunk Bed with Stairs and Shelves||~$700|
|Loft bed with bookcase||Max & Lily Solid Wood Twin-Size High Loft Bed with Bookcase||~$720|
|Loft bed with bookcase stairs||Twin Loft Bed with Staircase, Wooden Bunk Bed Frame with Stairs||~$460|
How to build a DIY Bookcase Bed With A Bookcase Headboard
While bookcase beds are a practical option to use in your home, they can be expensive. Building a bookcase bed yourself would cut costs and you could build the bed to your personal preferences.
To build your own DIY bookcase bed with a headboard, first measure and cut the shelves, sides, top, and back of the bookcase. Then, attach the parts of the bookcase bed together. Finally, sand the entire structure and varnish or paint it.
The steps are straightforward and the total price would be less than purchasing a completed bookcase bed. Check out this article for more details about the process, or you can watch this video tutorial to see how to construct a custom bookcase bed.
Step 1. Cut the Shelves, the Sides, the Top, and the Back
For this step, you need to purchase MDF wood boards. The number of boards will depend on the size of the bookcase you will be building. Measure and cut the wooden boards to the required size to create the shelves, sides, and top of the bookcase, using a jigsaw and jigsaw blades suitable for cutting wood.
Step 2. Attach the Parts Together
Construct the left side of your bookcase, then attach the top to the back. Now, start attaching the shelves. Use screws and wood glue to make sure the shelves are well fixed and ready to carry the weight of your books and other paraphernalia. Add the right side which will complete the "U" shape, and you're almost done. Amerisleep has sizes for different kinds of headboards. Dorsey designs has the measurements you will need for building a headboard out of wood.
Step 3. Sand Everything Down
This is an important step before painting the headboard. Sand down the bookcase headboard that you have built, to make sure the surface is smooth and free of any sharp edges or bumps that can ruin the finish. An electric sander with various sandpaper grits, will make this step easier and ensure a silky smooth final finish.
Step 4. Paint Your Bookcase Headboard
The last step to building your DIY bookcase headboard is to paint or varnish it to match it to your bed. Using a primer will make it easier to paint the bookcase headboard if you have built it out of MDF or other porous wood. One or two coats of paint should be sufficient, depending on the quality of the wood used and how well you managed to sand everything down before using a primer. If you are planning to Varnish the bookcase it won’t require a primer. Finally, attach the headboard to your bed and style.