Published on January 18th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Sleek Headbord from VIKA HYTTAN Table Tops

3 VIKA HYTTAN 59″ table tops
3 INREDA cabinet lights plus plug connectors
3 6″ Hangman Wall Mounting hardware (available at Ace Hardware and on line)

Description: I came up with an inexpensive, modern and easy headboard for our city loft. The three table tops are mounted vertically on the wall and topped with cabinet lighting to provide reading lamps.

Step 1:

On the back of each table top, carefully measure 12″ from the top and mount “picture” side of Hangman.

Step 2:

On what will be top edge of each table when mounted, drill holes in center right to left to install cabinet lighting.

Step 3:

On the wall, find the center of where the bed will be, and mount wall side of first Hangman 12″ below desired headboard height. Make sure this is at least 47″ off the floor so headboard will float. If you have baseboards, should be at least 47″ off baseboard so headboard won’t kick out.

Step 4:

Measure to center of two remaining headboards and mount hardware. (See web for tips on mounting 3 pictures in line so evenly spaced and lined up at top edge).

Step 4:

Using included screws, attach INREDA lights to each table top, hide wires behind headboard. All 3 lights can be strung together using INREDA connectors, or each can be plugged individually to the wall so they can be controlled independently. Note that at least on transformer to wall plug attachment must be purchased.

Slide your bed up to the hanging headboard and you are done.

~ Carrie Maser, Palo Alto, CA

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16 Responses to Sleek Headbord from VIKA HYTTAN Table Tops

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love the whole thing! What a brilliant idea. What color (# if you have) and brand did you use on your back wall? Did you paint the whole room same color?

  2. Anonymous says:

    They sell contact paper that is faux stainless steel. I used it to cover an old backsplash in an apt that I used to live in. There are cheaper versions of this table top. I would get those and cover it with this contact paper. Here is a link to You may think that it would look fake or cheap…but this stuff really doesn’t. People were amazed when they saw my backspalsh. They thought I actually had stainless steel. It’s also very easy to clean. Then, if it gets scratched, you only have to replace the contact paper. I’m going to do try this and post. Thanks!!

  3. Againstthegrain says:

    I thought night caps were also to keep the bed linens clean in between washings (laundry used to be a *huge* job before running hot water and automatic washing machines). People didn’t wash their hair as often as people in industrial societies do now, and they often applied greasy, sticky, perfumed hair pomades, too (that’s also the purpose of antimacassars).

  4. Anonymous says:

    That looks great! One of the nicest looking hacks I’ve seen for the bedroom. btw, who plants their head against the headboard when they’re sleeping. And feng shui? Seriously?

  5. WHOA! I totally love this!!

  6. Looks great but, ermm… wasn’t the whole point of a headboard to have something warm and soft between the top of your head and the cold, hard wall when sleeping?

    The head is a major point of heat loss in the human body and the one point that is not covered up by the blanket. Which is why people used night caps in former times.

    Hmm, you could probably add heating to the headboard but that would still leave the issue of it being a hard surface. It’s not so nice to bump the top of your head agains something hard when you move around while dreaming.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I loooooveeeee the cushions! Are they hand-made?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Looks pretty, but LEDs, lights, metall…. that’s a lot of no go’s right by the bed. If you still sleep well, good for you ;) FengShuiExpert

    • Bevin Chu says:

      I agree.

      I would be concerned about the cold steel headboards “sucking” the heat out of the tops of the sleepers’ heads.

      Looks clean and modern. But from a Feng-shui perspective, definitely some real concerns.

  9. Johanna says:

    WOW! This is gorgeous! Really powerfull stainless steel look. I like!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Looks really nice. Just checked out prices for these….$130 each. Yikes!

    • Maggie says:

      I think a budget-friendly option might be a hack-a-lack solution…. Maybe something with Lack tables covered with stainless steel backsplash tiles. You could easily cover a side lack for under $20.

    • Maggie says:

      …or if the tabletop is as long as your bed is wide, try mounting it horizontally on the wall at bed height. You just cut 2/3 of the headboard’s price.

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