Looking for a simple headboard DIY? Then learn how easy it is to turn an old reclaimed door into the perfect headboard for size bed!
Hey everyone, this is my first attempt at blogging, and it shows due to my lack of pictures of the process. Regardless, I hope that you find this blog helpful in putting together your own recycled door headboard. You can find the instructions here, and if you are unable to download it from the link just contact us at [email protected] and we can email it to you directly. Please let me know if I can answer any questions if you are thinking about building your own headboard or need some help along the way. Good luck and happy building!
We had been looking for headboards for both our guest bed and our own bed for quite a while. Beth loves catalogs like Pottery Barn and we both like antiques, but we aren’t crazy about paying the sometimes ridiculous prices. Beth found a headboard on Pinterest several months ago, and after looking at the Anna White Queen Headboard plans that the original poster used we headed out to a local salvage yard to find some reclaimed wood. What we found was something even better (albeit a little more challenging), some old doors with great distressing and character. We brought them home and after cutting them down to size (remember to see my instructions for detailed information and measurements for each step of the project) I built the legs and cap around the door.
How to build a headboard from an old door:
After building the frame, the next step was painting. Since these are headboards that are pressed against a wall I only painted the front facing side, which was much easier and a big time saver because I could just lay it on the ground and paint one side. I painted the entire queen headboard black…
but for the king headboard we wanted to retain some of the original color and distressing, so I masked off the panels with painters tape and some of Beth’s scrapbooking cardstock.
After the paint dried it was simply a matter of mounting the headboard to the bed frame – and we had some beautiful new headboards for a fraction of the price we would have paid for buying one.
Thanks for checking out my first blog post, I look forward to your comments or questions. I hope you enjoy building your own headboard! Check out a few more of our favorite furniture projects below. –Don
How To Build A Headboard From An Old Door
- Old door
- Elmer's Wood Glue
- Finish nails
- Spray paint
- Tape measure
- Step 1: Building The FrameThe door is the most important aspect of this project because depending on how you cut it, determines how the panels will be spaced out in the final product.Before you start cutting your door, make sure you prep the door by washing and cleaning it.Once your door is clean you can then move on to cutting.For a king-sized headboard, you want a door that you can cut down to 76” and for a queen-sized headboard. you want a door that you can cut down to 60”. As for the width, that is totally up to you and your sense of design.From there, we built a frame to go around the door and removed any hardware from the original door. The measurements for the frame was based on the size of our door and the distance from the top of our mattress to the floor.
- Step 2: PaintAfter the frame has been built, you can now paint your headboard! We used a high-gloss Krylon spray paint and was able to do all of the coats in about 3 hours.
- Step 3: MountTo mount the headboard to the bed, first, drill holes into the legs that match up to your bed frame. Then, insert bolts and attach nuts.