Published on October 4th, 2010 | by Contributor


A Unique Headboard: Sleep among Plants

A Plant Headboard makes a Unique Headboard

Materials: Benno DVD Stand (x2), Billy Height Extension Unit (x2), wood screws, wood glue, screw plates and 90 degree brackets, jigsaw, white paint, sansevieria plants, plastic containers, decorations

I saw this hack and fell in love with it.

I wanted a freestanding and unique headboard, so I decided to improve upon it a bit.

I put the 2 DVD towers together and cut the feet off of them with a jigsaw, sanded the coarse end, and painted it white with acrylic paint. I put the cardboard backing in one of them. I used wood glue to glue them together and then bracketed them on the back and on the inside middle shelf.

I used the screwplates to attach the dvd shelves to the bottom (under the cardboard backing) to reinforce the base.

A Plant Headboard makes a Unique Headboard

A Plant Headboard makes a Unique Headboard

I placed them on top of the assembled shelf extenders, using wood glue and 90 degree brackets on the back. I reinforced the legs with 90 degree brackets as well.

I bought 2 large Sansevieria plants from a nursery and plastic containers from The Container Store and plants. Four of these without the external part of it, fit perfectly. They were on sale for $10 each at my local store.

A Plant Headboard makes a Unique Headboard

I love the outcome, and am grateful for the original idea.

~ Courtney Sandhu, Dallas, TX

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21 Responses to A Unique Headboard: Sleep among Plants

  1. Courtney says:

    I got the decorations at a Garden Ridge store. It’s a decor store.

  2. Courtney says:

    It’s a king!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Seriously guys, you should be worried. Havn’t you heard about how all the monkies sufficate in the rainforrest at night. too many plants!

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    Love it – is that a king or queen sized bed?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I was wondering where you got the decorations from to match your DVD towers. I love this hack!

  7. Courtney Sandhu says:

    Hey all, thanks for all the comments. Yes, I was aware that these particular plants give off oxygen at night, and they are fairly hard to kill which is a plus! (I’m a brown thumb). You need to treat them with “benign neglect” by not watering them very often. I have not had any gnats or bugs thus far and the plants are still very healthy!

  8. Anonymous says:

    That particular plant actually expels oxegyn at night. It is an exeption to the rule. Check out this smart guy talk about it

  9. Amanda says:

    Plants are not going to deplete you of oxygen while you sleep anymore than your dog/cat/significant other would. Beautiful headboard, I would prefer something a little leafier but I also fear bugs dancing on my head while I sleep. Or my kitties trying to eat said plants while I sleep.

  10. Robert Marks says:

    So the first two comments say that they are worried about the plants basically poisoning them while they sleep. Hmm. What are the chances that both of these commenters are smokers and constantly inhaling toxic fumes.
    But let’s say you’re not smokers. But you almost certainly walk down a street at least a few times a week beside cars that are spewing toxins.
    Okay, maybe you drive and don’t walk ever.

    I’m just being a twirp. But I love this hack. Humans came from nature and the more plants you can surround yourself with, the better. If it kills us, then at least it’s nature that killed us, not our own devices.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Oh, or one could place the plant-holding bookcase on two upright bookcases opening to the sides (instead of extension units). I’ve seen something similar in a magazine once. This way you’d have a kind of bedside table behind the bed/under the plants and could still prop up the pillows comfortably against the headboard. \(^_^)/
    -Can You tell I <3 this hack?

  12. jo says:

    upgrading the hack, or hacking it, why don’t you hang it to the wall some 20cm higher, and put another one under it, but with the openings looking toward the bed? like that you can have a vase AND a kind of a bedside table, or a bookcase, or …

  13. Anonymous says:

    well, I thought he might be just another *thinking hard* non-native speaker? just like me? (who also spelled it wrong, didn’t I? -_-°) -That’s not the important part of my previous comment anyway.^_~
    Aaaand I agree with you on aesthetics (looks cool!) and on the pillows. Maybe us in-bed-readers could just go for a higher version of this.
    Have a nice night! or day!^__^

  14. Moontree says:

    I think Tim’s confusion stems from the fact that Priva spelled oxygen incorrectly. Thank you for the explanation, anonymous- I’m sure most of us already know we breathe in 02. : )

    As for aestetics I think that looks pretty awesome- I have a longstanding fantasy about sleeping under a bower of indoor trees. I can’t imaging the gas exchange would be so incredibly unhealthy. I’d be more anxious about bugs and things being attracted to the wet soil and dancing on my forehead in my sleep. Or not being able to prop up some pillows to read in bed. But that’s just me.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Oxygene is o2, the part of the air we breathe. (Breathing refers to what’s happening in the lungs, we take in a lot of other gases, too.)
    I wouldn’t worry at all about the CO2:
    It is a CAM plant. These leave their stomata open at night to let CO2 in, which is quite nice of them:
    (Anyhow, as long as you’re not sleeping in a glasshouse with windows and doors closed, I wouldn’t mind. Plant only need really tiny bitsy amounts of O2.)

    Greetings from a Botanist
    (or a Mrs Know-it-all, that’S up to you.^_~)

  16. Tim Gray says:

    What is oxigene?

    IS that some kind of toxic gas?

  17. teamvemmabiz says:

    very nice,,
    i like this bed, my dreams bedroom..

  18. Adrian says:

    Wow i love that bed. I love iKea here in Singapore.

  19. jo says:

    i was going to say the same, but i’m not sure if sanseveria qualifies in this “nocturne negative behaviour”, since same plants are not. anyway, the hack is nice and good looking. maybe what i’ll change is the blanket; a solid colour will maybe look better, at least to me

  20. Pricia says:

    It’s not very healthy to sleep in a room with so plants near you because they do the O2 –> CO2 exchange during the night = they absorve oxigene and free Carbon dioxide in small quantities but they do. You should be carefull. Cactus do the opposite.

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