A few weeks ago, I had an idea to change up our bedroom once again. I was getting a new mattress from Lucid and I wanted a new bed to put it on. We didn’t have a new bed in the budget so I started thinking about how I could make a DIY headboard and bed frame. With excitement, I headed over to one of my favorite places to shop – my storage shed (nothing better than shopping your own space when you are on a tight budget). I was thinking about using some old doors as the DIY headboard and knew that I had some in storage, but couldn’t remember exactly what I had.
I pulled out the doors that I had in storage and did a poll on my Instagram stories because I was having a hard time deciding on which ones to go with. My heart was set on B, but everyone I asked in person said they liked A better. Then I got the results of the poll, and again, A won out.
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But I’m not really one to follow trends. And my heart was fixed on B. I loved the originality of it. I’ve seen doors as headboards before, but never one quite like this. So B it was!
In order to use this headboard, I had to make a bed frame to place the mattress on. So I’m going to walk you through the steps of how we did that.
How to Make a DIY Headboard and Bed Frame
4 – 2x6x8 boards
7 – 8′ 2x4x8 boards
4 – 4×4 posts
2 sheets 1/2″ plywood
Dowel rod kit or heavy duty brackets
We made this bed frame to fit a king size mattress, which is 76″ wide x 80″ long. The first thing we did was cut 4 – 4×4 posts 18″ long to use as the legs (note: make sure all wood is untreated, as the treated has chemicals in it that you will not want in your bedroom). Our mattress is 12″ tall, which makes the total height of our bed 30″.
Once we had the legs cut, we cut the 2×6’s for each of the sides. When cutting your 2×6’s to size, take in account the 4″ of each of your legs. We wanted the bed frame to be a total of 76×80, so we cut 2 of the boards 68″ long and 2 of them 72″ long. When you add the 4″ legs to each side, it gives you a total of 76×80. This is a bit difficult to explain and I hope I didn’t totally confuse you. If you need further clarification, please drop a comment below.
To attach the sides to the legs, we used a dowel rod kit. I know this is not something that everyone has. So if you aren’t looking to purchase one and you want another option, you could also use heavy duty brackets and screws.
We placed wood glue on the dowel rods before inserting them. This gives it a little extra strength.
Once all sides were attached to the 4 legs, we put clamps in place for a few hours to let the glue fully dry.
To make sure the bed was extra sturdy, we added a wood brace on each corner.
After this point, we brought the bed inside to finish the project. We knew that it would be much heavier to carry after attaching the supports in the middle.
Measure the inside of your bed frame and precut your 2×4’s to fit. We spaced the 2×4’s ten inches apart and screwed them in from the sides.
Once all of the 2×4’s were in place, we measured and cut the plywood to place on top. Again, we used screws to attach the plywood to the bed frame.
Now it’s time for the exciting part – the DIY headboard!
The doors had been in storage for a while, so I cleaned them really good with some bleach water and let them dry out. Then I wiped them down with some hemp oil. This is my favorite way to revive old wood, as it brings out the natural color of the wood without leaving a shiny finish.
We just stood the doors up against the wall and pushed the bed frame against them to hold them in place. Eventually, I want to raise the doors up some and attach them to the wall. Once we added the mattress and our pillows, the doors seemed a little short.
I made the bedskirt out of drop cloth and I’ll be sharing that DIY soon! The plywood is covered with an old sheet so that it would provide a barrier of protection between that and our mattress.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the way this turned out! And the best part is that I created this DIY headboard without spending a penny!! We already had everything we needed in storage.
Remember, it doesn’t always take a lot of money to create a beautiful space. Look around your home (or storage) for things that you already have that you may be able to repurpose into something else. Pinterest is a great place to start to get ideas for projects.
Have a blessed day friends! xoxo
Absolutely stunning! I love using old items and upcycling them into something fantastic! You did and amazing job!
Thank you, Michelle! I completely agree with you!! They have so much more character than the new items today!
Crystal F. says
Love your new bed! I picked “B” on your Instagram.. lol. Glad you chose that one. The door with the cutout has so much more character. Can’t wait for your tutorial on the bed skirt.
Yay!!! Thanks my friend! We have the same taste. 🙂 I hope to get the bed skirt tutorial up next week.
Love it! thank you for the tutorial with PICTURES!! Always a huge plus. It looks amazing.
Thanks Sharon!! I am a visual learner so I know how important pictures are. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂
Great job! That is one sturdy bed for sure! LOL! I love those old door style headboards and you did a fabulous job on yours, it’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much, Shelia! My husband was determined that it will never squeak!! lol
Bravo! Pleasing to the eye and masterfully constructed!,
Thank you so very much, Robyn! The hubs and I make a good team – I come up with the ideas and he brings them to life. 😉
Gilmer Gal says
Gorgeous and cozy, comfy. I love this. I have 1 door, so need to find a couple more for my ‘new’ bed!!!
Thank you so much! I’m so excited that you are going to give this a try! I found my doors at a local flea market for a great deal. Hope you find some soon! 🙂
Susan the Farm Quilter says
I would have chosen B as well…unique, and that makes it so special! Love what you did with the whole bed!
Thank you so very much, Susan! I do love that it’s so original!! 🙂
This is so my style and it turned out gorgeous! I have pinned it and will be making this some day! THANK YOU!
Thank you so much, DeeDee! I would love for you to tag me when you make yours. 😊
It may be a while, but I sure will! 🙂