How to Make a Headboard Out of a Wooden Door

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How to Make a Headboard Out of a Wooden Door
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One of the easiest DIY projects you can create is to make a headboard out of a wooden door. Old wooden doors have a charm and patina that fits beautifully into a rustic, country, French country, shabby chic or eclectic style decor; simply hang the door horizontally on the wall behind your bed to create the headboard. New wooden doors are also good candidates for headboard frames; add your own style with tiles, paint, stain, fabric or wood trim.

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Things you need

  • Wooden door
  • Measuring tape
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Damp cloth
  • Dark stain/polyurethane
  • Sponge
  • Polyurethane spray
  • 24-inch square copper ceiling tiles
  • Construction adhesive
  • Caulking gun
  • Stud finder
  • 3 wall hangers with screws
  • Screw driver

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    Measure the height and width of the wooden door. Standard wooden interior doors have a 30-inch width and a height of 80 inches, which will work well horizontally behind a queen- or king-size bed. Stand one door vertically behind a twin-size bed, or place two doors vertically behind a double bed.

  2. 2

    Determine how many 24-inch square copper ceiling tiles will fit both vertically and horizontally on one side of the door. For example, six 24-inch square copper ceiling tiles will fit over one side of a 30-inch by 80-inch door in two stacked rows of three tiles each. This configuration will leave a 3-inch border around the perimeter of the wooden door.

  3. 3

    Sand both sides and all edges of the wooden door with fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe away the debris with a damp cloth.

  4. 4

    Stain the face and edges of the door with a dark stain/polyurethane combination. Always stain with the wood grain. Allow the stain to dry according to the container directions.

  5. 5

    Apply a coat of spray polyurethane to the back side of the wooden door. The polyurethane will seal the wood door to protect it against moisture retention. Let the polyurethane dry.

  6. 6

    Center two horizontal rows of 24-inch square copper ceiling tiles on the stained side of the wooden door. Remove the tiles one at a time, apply construction adhesive to the back side and then press the tile back into place on the door. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours.

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    Find and mark the location of two wall studs behind the bed using a stud finder. If a stud finder is not available, look for wall outlets, as they are typically attached to the wall studs. Take the plate off and look to either side of the outlet box to find the stud. Affix the wall sections of two wall hangers into the studs. Attach the corresponding section of each wall hanger to the back of the wooden door. Hang the door behind the bed as your headboard.

Tips and warnings

  • Glue mosaic tiles or tin tiles to the face of the wooden door to create an alternative style headboard. You can also wrap the wood with batting and fabric to make an upholstered headboard.
  • Stain the door in a well-ventilated area.
  • Ensure the wall hangers are rated to handle the weight of the door.

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