I like the idea of having a simple shelf above the head of my bed. This would work with the idea of the box lights instead of a headboard - they could hang down from the shelf! And that shelf could hold all of my most treasured books!
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Lights under shelves A shelf mounted above the bed adds extra storage, and lights underneath free up nightstand real estate. If you're a fan of reading in bed, make sure that the shelf is mounted above the height of your head when you're sitting up.