Storage headboard: 13 stylish storage buys for small bedrooms

Have a scroll through our favourite storage headboards, so you can get a little extra out of your bedroom

Loaf storage headboard
(Image credit: Loaf)

On the hunt for a stylish – yet functional – storage headboard? We know that under-bed storage is probably the most invaluable of all the bedroom storage types, but you've got to admit that space fills up pretty quickly, and there is only so much stuff you can cram under there. So where do you go next? Enter storage headboards...

Looking for more bedroom storage ideas? You'll find plenty of advice and inspiration in our handy guide. Then, you might consider browsing our guide to the best beds with storage.

1. A storage headboard perfect for small bedrooms

Storage headboard by Wayfair

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Whether your small bedroom is too tight on space for much more than a bed, or you're a gatherer of clutter and need an extra storage unit for your bedroom, this Cristiano headboard from Wayfair is a great buy. There's space to display and store everything from books to medicines, and its glossy finish will help make your bedroom feel as big as possible.

2. Go for a sleek, Scandi style storage headboard

bedroom with scandi feel, light and white woods and Vox storage headboard

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Beds with headboard storage can look sleek if you choose a slim frame in a light wood, which will give it a Scandi vibe. Better still, choose storage furniture for beneath the bed and for the rest of the room that complements the headboard and you'll have a serenely streamlined scheme. 

This super stylish Vox headboard from Cuckooland is really practical, with loads of built in storage. It has two large pull-down cupboards, plus plenty of shelf space above. For added storage, you could hang up baskets as can be seen here. Find similar at John Lewis & Partners

3. Top the headboard storage with side cubby holes

bedroom with geometric prints and wooden storage headboard by Maisons du Monde

(Image credit: Maisons du Monde)

If your bedside table has become a dumping ground for book club reads you've never managed to finish, then opt for a bed that has not just headboard storage, but cubby hole storage down its sides, too. 

This free standing Cody headboard by Maisons du Monde is perfect for tiny bedrooms – or people with tons of books. 

For more small bedroom design ideas, browse our handy guide. Then, shop the full range of storage beds available from Maisons du Monde

4.  Keep it simple with headboard storage shelves

contemporary bedroom with white wooden flooring, yellow and blue bedding and bed with storage headboard by la redoute

(Image credit: La Redoute)

If you don't want your storage headboard to be a focal point, go for a simple design that looks streamlined but, in a small bedroom, lets you do without bedside tables. 

This Nikkö headboard from La Redoute has five, different sized, shelves, plus under-bed drawers, making it perfect for all your storage needs. Shop the full range of storage headboards available from La Redoute

5. Hide the headboard storage away

contemporary bedroom with polka dot monochrome bedding, white bed with storage headboard by Ikea

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Like to keep your storage subtle and your room tidy? From the front, this is just your average wooden headboard, but look to the sides…MORE STORAGE, but hidden. 

Ikea are, of course, notorious for their nifty storage ideas and the Brimnes headboard is no exception. The three shelves are not only hidden but are also adjustable so you can move them around depending on what you want to store. 

Shop for similar beds with headboard storage at Argos

6. Industrial style? You can have it with this headboard

industrial style bed with wooden storage headboard by Maisons du Monde

(Image credit: Maisons du Monde)

If it’s a centrepiece to an industrial-style bedroom you are looking for, a storage headboard in unfinished wood is a must-have. 

This Solid Wood Headboard by Maisons du Monde has aged metal handles on the two drawers, and a built in shelf that could easily replace bedside tables.

7. Create a home library with a handy bookcase headboard

contemporary bedroom with four poster bed containting headboard storage by cuckooland

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Need tons of bedroom storage but lack wall space? Why not invest in a bed that packs storage into every possible surface? 

This Four Poster King Storage Bed, available from Cuckooland, has a huge shelving unit, enclosed storage in the headboard and alcoves underneath. You can even add side ladders for more vertical storage. We are just going to come out and say it: this has got to be the ultimate bedroom space-saving solution.  

8. Swap bedside tables for headboard storage

contemporary bedroom with dark wood bed with storage headboard and linen bedding by Maisons du Monde

(Image credit: Maisons du Monde)

If you are struggling to squeeze in bedside tables but need additional bedroom storage, go for a subtler storage headboard.

This White-washed Wooden Headboard by Maisons du Monde has two side tables built in, each with a hidden drawer – perfect if you are going for that clutter-free aesthetic (and, really, who isn’t?).

9. Use the storage headboard for display, too

bedroom with red gingham bedding and white bed with headboard storage by la redoute

(Image credit: Le Redoute)

Storage headboards aren't just made for stashing away all your night time necessaries; choose one with a deep top shelf and you'll have plenty of pretty display opportunities, too.

The simple, sleek look of this Biface Storage Headboard, available from La Redoute, would fit with the style of any bedroom. It offers a combination of open compartments for displaying your chosen bedside essentials, and two cupboards down the sides so you’ll have plenty of room to store away bulkier items.

10. Accessorise a storage headboard so it's suitable for a kids bedroom

kids bedroom with grey blue feature wall, white bed with headboard storage and fluffy footstool by Maisons du Monde

(Image credit: Maisons du Monde)

Looking for extra storage for kids' rooms? You can buy storage headboards for single beds, too. Accessorise with kid-friendly books and accessories to help this storage solution blend into the rest of your scheme.

This Tonic Headboard, available from Maisons du Monde, has a handy alcove above the bed for keeping smaller items within arm's reach, while the larger shelves at the sides can store all your reading material or your ever expanding collection of skincare. 

Browse our handy guide for more storage ideas for kids' rooms.

11. Get a storage headboard that's also a wardrobe 

Argos headboard

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Well this is something we haven't seen before! This bed from Argos has a mini wardrobe in it! So as well as storing stuff in the drawers and shelves underneath the bed you could hang a few of your clothes in the headboard too. Genius. 

12. More traditional bedroom? Pick a classic wooden storage headboard

Loaf storage headboard

(Image credit: Loaf)

So far our pick of the best storage headboards has been more suited to contemporary bedrooms, but if your style is more traditional, the Smuggler headboard from Loaf would be perfect. There's storage down each side which is perfect for storing books plus a nifty pull-out shelf to use as a bedside table. There is also a shelf above, that you could double up a bedside table too, you could pop a light on it and everything. You can add the matching bed base and order a mattress at Loaf too. 

13. No room for a storage headboard? Add storage at the foot instead

Made platform bed

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If your bedroom is too titchy to fit a storage headboard (we realise they can be quite bulky), fear not: has you covered. This Kano platform bed has storage space at the foot of the bed instead – it's perfect for keeping books, and actually looks really cool, too. Platform beds are bang on trend at the moment, but there's even more to it than trendy looks: there are two sizable drawers on either side of the bed for even more storage. 

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.