Obviously the choice of the bed is also determined by the size of the room and the décor around it as you do not want to put an excessively large and indulgent bed in a small space.
Unlike a real headboard designed for a bed your bookshelf doesn’t necessarily have to be the same height and width as one. In fact the taller and wider it is the more of a statement it will make! This first example from Domino is a short one but extends out about a foot from each side of the bed.
Have a look at this fascinating red and gray room from Amy Vermillion along with another second example from Number Four Eleven that features gold patterned curtains and matching decorative pillows.
Here’s a different example from Cote De Texas which places a mirror above a rustic dresser in between the two beds with a pyramid-like shape of wall art hung above each.
The headboard is one of those features in the bedroom that makes a big impact and can often define the style statement in the remainder of the room. The headboard choices for a shabby chic bedroom are truly diverse and it is often reclaimed wooden paneling or an old shutter or barn door that seems to do the job!
In contemporary design and architecture circles it is mainly the very best examples that are on a par with modern design often as a consequence of a designer’s vision and ability to direct innovation functionality form and aesthetic quality.
Of course even if your bedroom is huge you can still follow this trend. Try combining three narrow bookshelf units to make a large one along an entire wall like this arrangement featured on BHG.
Or instead of building the unit around the bed just pick up a couple of bookshelf units from IKEA and place your bed directly in front of them like this gorgeous example featured on Brit + Co which has a very strong library feel to it.