Introduction: Make a Simple Headboard From Cabinet Doors

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Make a headboard from cabinet doors.
Disclaimer: This project is made from salvaged cabinet doors, the availability of which vary tremendously in size and style. The idea of this instructable is to get your creative juices flowing - to serve as a starting point should you have the fortune of stumbling across some old cabinet doors that are right for the job. With that said: Enjoy! Imagine! Create!

Step 1: Supplies Needed

Step 2: Size Recommendations

Step 3: Choose Your Doors

The total width of the cabinet doors, side by side, should correspond to the bed width. You can arrange this however you like! My headboard is for a twin bed - the doors are each 14" wide for a total width of 42".

Step 4: Drill Pocket Screws & Connect the Doors

Using a Kreg Jig or Kreg machine, drill pocket holes into back (sides) of doors. I drilled 4 pocket screws per door.

Glue joints, butt doors together, clamp tightly and attach with 1 1/4" pocket screws.

If you do not have a pocket hole jig, you can also cut a piece of thin plywood (such as 1/4" lauan) to the total width and height of the doors and glue then staple or screw the plywood to the doors.

Step 5: Cut a 1×2 for the Top

Your 1×2 should be at least 1" wider than the panel. For example, cut this to 40" wide if your doors total 39" in width. My totaled 42", so my 1x2 was cut to 43". I routed the edge with a round over bit, although this is not necessary.

Step 6: Attach the Top

If using a Kreg Jig, drill 2-3 pocket holes per door on the backside of the doors (top). Apply glue and attach the top with 1 1/4" pocket screws.

The top can alternatively be attached with standard screws.

Step 7: Add Scribe Mould (optional)

If desired, glue and nail scribe mould just below the top, as pictured. I cut this approximately 1" shorter than the width of the panel, making this piece 41" long on my headboard.

Step 8: Building Complete!

Now you're ready for a finish! See my next instructable for how to create a very easy distressed black finish:

Step 9: Finish and Hang!

I hung the headboard onto the wall using 2 D - ring hangers. While there is hardware available to attach the headboard to the bedframe (available at or, I am a fan of simplicity and penny pinching. The during hangers were both simple and cheap ($1.89 per pair).

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