Scandalize your cat by using a fireplace as a headboard #Decor & Decorating#bed nooks#beds#fireplaces#great-ideas June 26 | Catherine Clark enidjcoleslaw If you have a fireplace you don't use or happen to salvage a fireplace mantle, you can totally re-purpose it as a headboard! Flickr user Jennifer is utilizing the awesome molding (and perfect width) of her salvaged fireplace as a headboard for her charming-as-hell bed. She was able to snag it from a carpenter friend from a home that was being demolished. Total score. Plus, a mantle equals extra shelving for books and knick-knackery. Another lesson here is to watch where you undress, because your cat might be positively SCANDALIZED. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark (aka Superman) is Offbeat Bride's Editor + Project Wrangler and a Chicago-based freelance web consultant. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video games and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, and cuddles with her feline fur baby. @enidjcoleslaw @whimsycatt PREVIOUS Should we trust apartment review sites? NEXT How to make the time to host a party, even when you're super busy Toggle comments [ 17 ] …Unless you happen to sit up in bed and smack your head on it? Reply And the place where you would originally build a fire offers a GREAT hiding place. You know .. for .. things. 11 agree Reply Scandalized cat is SCANDALIZED! This is a great idea. This could be great for loft apartments where it's all just one open space. Suddenly the rules of where couches and beds go no longer applies. 2 agree Reply cat expressions are awesome. After running an ad to sell a carpet on an auction site, I had more comments about my possessed cat than the fabulous rug he was standing on. Reply I had a fireplace mantle as a headboard once! Looked super cool til I realized the marble mantle shelf was pretty loose. Crushed skulls while sleeping don't appeal to me, so we moved the bed the next day! Reply Three years ago, when my cat first adopted me, I really was uncomfortable undressing in front of him. I had never had a pet before, and I would kick him out of the room, or I'd go into the closet to undress. After a couple weeks, it occurred to me that he walks around naked every day, even when the windows are open, or we have company, or whatever! It's not really related to the topic, but I thought it might make you guys laugh, so you're welcome. Also, that may be the best photo I've ever seen. 6 agree Reply That's awesome! XD Yeah, cats are totally cool with going back to nature. 1 agrees Reply I have this weird "What if reincarnation is real" thing with pets. So I'm like "MY GOD. WHAT IF THIS CAT IS MY GRANDPA??!?!" So. Enjoy being re-uncomfortablized. 8 agree Reply You just ruined me. 3 agree Reply Can I just add that people really need to be careful about lead poisoning when using super old stuff and be sure to have it tested? Last thing you want to be snuggling all night is lead paint…. 2 agree Reply There's more lead and formaldehyde in newer building materials than there is in old painted stuff. I had to detox my brand new house due to migraine issues, after we moved in I was sick constantly. Chemicals were in the carpet padding (imported from China!) and lead in the drywall. Just be sure when reusing old things that you refinish it first. You can recreate the old look when you redo it. Use as many "domestic" products as possible. Reply That cat just gave a George Takei "Oh my!" in my mind. 1 agrees Reply 2 agree Reply I've seen this done in a few Britcoms where the head of the bed is set right up against a disused fireplace. I've always liked the look. Reply Looks awesome, but if it is actually a dis-used fireplace (not a re-purposed mantle) I'd be worried about drafts. It could get mighty chilly with the head of your bed in front of a chimney. Reply This IS an awesome idea. My boyfriend lived in a shared Victorian Terrace with big rooms, and we had the bed almost tucked into the fireplace. In summer the cool draft from the window and up the chimney was a blessing. In winter a sheet of painted ply covered the gap. Reply love this idea, color is unlimited on this project. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.