Instead of a headboard, place bookshelves to frame the bed. Add lights for late night reading. This would be great for a guest bedroom. Leave the shelves at the end of the bed empty for the guests to unpack their clothes. or kids room
DIY: Using IKEA Shelf Unit as Storage Bench Better Homes & Gardens . when changing table goes out, this can go in. still use baskets if needed. Ikea Lack shelf unit w/ legs is good for over the heater vent.