When my wife and I moved into our new home, there was an odd patio-type door on the third bedroom. Figuring that our guests would want a little privacy and not wake up to two cats staring through the door in the middle of the night, we replaced the door and stashed the old one for a later project. That later project finally surfaced when we realized that its probably about time we had an actual headboard on our bed.
What you need:
-unused door (not hollow core)
-2x4 lumber depending on how high you would like headboard
-7-inch earthquake hold furniture cable
-liquid deglosser (depending on door)
-paint and primer (we stuck with white)
-wood filler (depending on door)
-two bolts, nuts, washers
Step 1: Door Prep Work
Given this is an upcycled project, many of the steps will differ for you depending on the style and state of your door.
We started by removing the hardware from the door and patching the leftover holes with wood filler. Next, we sanded and rounded the edges. Not wanting to mess with placing a motorized tool near the glass, we taped the edges and threw some liquid deglosser on the remaining areas. Once the deglosser was dry, we double checked our tape seal with a paint scraper and applied our primer and paint.
Step 2: Sizing and Cutting
Our door set some easy parameters as far as sizing. We measured the bottom of the door to mark a cut and make the door symmetrical. Before cutting, we were concerned that the door was hollow and could be destroyed by cutting. Weighing the pro's and cons we determined that we did not want a hollow door sitting above us as we slept (casually ignoring the glass, people).
With gloves and goggles a plenty, we cut the door with a circular saw and found that it was solid and gave a clean cut!
Step 3: Adding Legs
Now that you have a nice, shiny door, its time to add some height. Full disclosure: this is not a scientific process. We carried the door into the house and literally held it next to the bed determining the height that worked best. For us, that meant cutting 18.5" legs.
We grabbed some 2x4's from t̶h̶e̶ ̶l̶o̶c̶a̶l̶ ̶l̶u̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ ̶y̶a̶r̶d̶ our garage, and cut to size with the circular saw. Using our drill and some wood screws, we secured the legs to the door. 5 legs may be overkill for a flat object, but we figured the bed would hide these for the most part.
After painting the legs, we lined up our new headboard next to our current bed frame. Our metal frame has one hole in each corner that we decided to thread bolts through to attach the headboard to the bed. Basically, once you determine your size, drill a hole completely through the door that is large enough to fit your bolt. Attach the bolt with a washer and nut.
Boom. your new headboard is standing tall.
Step 4: Crash Proofing
There were a lot of critics against the glass door headboard. We attempted to pacify some (and slightly protect ourselves from waking up to a crazy headache) with a wall anchor. We purchased a 7in. quakehold anchor, found a stud in the wall, and drilled it into place. Its pretty well hidden, though you can just make it out in the top-left panel of the door. Either way, this baby is not going down.
Step 5: Check It
Check it out. We would like to thank our home's previous owner for leaving us such a great d̶o̶o̶r̶ headboard! We are really into this for a few reasons:
-At first glance, you don't initially notice its a door, and that's cool!
-We like being able to see our paint job and curtains even with the headboard in place. We have a small bedroom, so this leaves things a bit open still
-Upcycle, what what!
Thanks for checking out our project, feel free to leave any comments or questions.