Building An Elegant Headboard From a Reclaimed Door

Building An Elegant Headboard From a Reclaimed Door

A headboard is a lovely decorative accessory that can act as the focal point of a bedroom. Unfortunately purchasing one of these pieces can be expensive, and can end up costing you hundreds, or sometimes even thousands of dollars to get the piece you want. However you can save yourself a little money, and help reduce environmentally harmful waste, by building your own custom headboard using a reclaimed hardwood door.

The first thing that you have to do is find a suitable door. You want to try to find something that has an interesting pattern of carvings in the surface. If you are interested in painting or staining the door yourself then you want to try and find a piece that is unfinished. Often you will be able to find a suitable door left over from old construction projects. You might also be able to grab one from a friend or a neighbor. In a pinch you can also purchased reclaimed architectural elements from some stores.

When you choose a door you have to make sure that its length is equal to or greater than the width of the bed. If it is longer then you will want to measure out the difference, and use an electric hand saw to slice the door down to size. Once complete go over the front surface of the wood, and use filler to patch up any cracks or holes.

Before you move on you should take medium grade sandpaper and go over the entire door frame, in order to create a smooth and safe surface. By sanding the material down you will reduce the threat of splinters and spikes, and will be able to even out any rough edges. If you don’t mind a little bit of extra work you may also want to try and sand hard corners down or round out the edges slightly.

At this point you have the option of adding a decorative crown piece to the head board. Find a piece of chair-rail molding that you like, and cut it down to the length of the door. Then place it against the upper edge, and use wood glue to adhere it in place. Once the glue is dry a few finishing nails should be tapped in to make sure that it is permanently secured in place.

The next step is to choose how you would like to finish the headboard. If you are going to use paint, first apply a coat of primer to the surface of the wood. Then you will want to use at least two coats of actual paint on top of that in order to ensure that you have a solid even surface. If you opt instead to use a color tinted stain then you can apply as desired, and then seal the headboard with a coat of polyurethane.

Another option is to cut a piece of cloth to stretch over the headboard. This is best if the door has a relatively flat, symmetrical surface. Cut the cloth so that it overlaps the headboard by four inches on the top and bottom. Then stretch the cloth around the door, and secure it in place using a staple gun. Make sure that the cloth is taught as you go, and that you places staples at every three inches to ensure that it is secure.

Once the headboard is complete it can be hung behind the bed much like a heavy picture or decorative mirror. Screw in two D rings, one on either top side of the back of the headboard. Then string picture wire between them. Finally, hammer a heavy duty picture hook into a stud in the wall, in a position where the headboard will stick out somewhat over the pillows when hung from it. This can be reinforced with 2×4 support beams installed on the wall underneath it.

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