A mantelpiece is grand over a fireplace, but it just so happens to also be the perfect fit behind a queen-sized bed.
Let’s pull back the covers and I’ll show you how we turned this mantel into a headboard.
We found the mantel on Craigslist. It was originally in an old house in the nicer part of town, and the owners were renovating. The mantel was already painted white.
The gaping hole where the fireplace would be is covered with a piece of plywood, which is padded with two layers of felt and topped with linen. We wrapped the fabric around to the back of the plywood and stapled it with a staple gun.
Once the fabric was in place, we mounted the plywood to the mantel on the back using 3 L brackets on both sides and 4 along the top. The plywood only goes down as far as a couple of inches below the top of the mattress (the part that you see), not all the way to the floor.
Since we live in an apartment, we didn’t want to do any heavy installing to permanently mount it to the wall. It’s mostly held in place by the mattress and box spring, and a lone L bracket attaches the top of the mantel to a stud in the wall, to prevent it from tipping.
It’s a big space-spacer for our bedroom, since we don’t need bedside tables. We just set our drinks and books on top of the mantel.
The bed sits on a $40 metal frame.
The silver serving trays were inherited from Doug’s granny. They still have her name written on stickers on the back from times she took them to church suppers. They are hung on the wall with big plate hangers. If it’s pretty, then we want to display it. We wouldn’t want to buy wall decorations while something pretty stays stored in the closet.
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