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How To Build A Headboard From An Old Door

Learn how to turn an old reclaimed door into the perfect headboard!


  • Old door
  • Lumber
  • Drill
  • Elmer's Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Finish nails
  • Nuts
  • Bolts
  • Spray paint
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil


  • Step 1: Building The Frame
    The 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: Paint
    After 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: Mount
    To 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.