Need a bed headboard but don’t want to spend big bucks to purchase one? You can recycle an old door into bed headboard for minimal cost, and this simple DIY project will dress up your bed and give new life to an old door.
An old, solid wood door with design elements is a great choice for recycling into bed headboard. Chose an old door that is a few inches longer than your bed is wide, if the door is too long, it can always be cut down to size.
If the old door you choose is too long to be used as is, place the door on its side at the head of your bed before cutting it down to size. Center any decorative elements in the door to the center of your bed, measure and mark the cut lines on each end of the door.
After the old door is cut to size (if needed), clean and/or strip any paint or varnish from it, fill in any holes with wood putty, sand the entire door with medium grade sandpaper, then remove any dust particles with a slightly dampened cloth.
If the old door lacks designs elements or to give it a finished look, add a length of chair railing to the side of the door that will be the top of the bed headboard (place the original door knob opening at the bottom of the bed headboard out-of-sight) for added design. Cut a piece of chair rail molding the same length as the long side of the old door and attach with wood glue. When the wood glue has dried, hammer in a few small nails across the top to keep the chair rail molding secure. You can extend the chair rail molding down each side of the old door additional design elements.
Next, paint the entire door with primer and allow to dry. When the primer is dry, paint the door with 2 coats of semi-gloss paint in the color of your choice, allow the paint to dry between coats. If the old door has ornate details or raised panels, consider painting the door two different complimentary colors to highlight the details.
When the paint has dried, it’s time to hang your new, recycled bed headboard. This method of hanging your bed headboard makes it portable, should you ever move from your current location, plus it only puts one hole in the wall.
Screw in 2 D-rings to each end of the back side of the door, just below the chair rail molding and 2-3 inches from each end. Stretch a length of heavy duty picture hanging wire between the 2 D-rings and twist the wire around the D-rings to secure. You can double the picture hanging wire if the old door is unusually heavy.
The next step is to place a picture hanging hook in the wall above your bed that is strong enough to support the weight of the old door. Before placing the picture hook in the wall, take some measurements. At least half of the recycled door needs to be visible above your bed and the picture hook needs to be centered with your bed in a wall stud. Once you have found the right location, screw the picture hanging hook into the wall and hang your new bed headboard.
You now have created a one-of-a-kind bed headboard by recycling an old door in a simple DIY project.