Just about every other day at my house, my husband has the pleasure of hearing me say, “I think I have a crazy idea. I know it probably can’t be done, but what if…” Today’s project was a crazy idea. I was obsessed with a high end, very minimalist, white headboard. I knew, deep down, I could figure out how to make a king size headboard, and I was also fairly sure I could do it with a hollow core door.
It took me a good two weeks to convince my husband that I could, in fact, make a headboard out of a hollow core door. He kept saying smart things like, “Gina, they’re hollow. They’re too weak. It’s NOT a good idea.” I didn’t listen. I kept the idea roll around in my head, trying my best to figure out how to make it work.
Ya’ll know I’m persistent, right?
So, while we were standing in Lowe’s (aka, our date night destination), I threw out about a dozen horrible ideas that involved things like Velcro. Or hot glue. Maybe even duct tape. Don’t judge, they were fabulous stepping stones that finally led me to my brilliant solution. Because, of course, I did in fact figure out how to make a headboard from a hollow core door.
You will also need:
A saw (or get the store to cut it for you)
So here’s the thing: If you wanted to mount it to a wall, this would be super, duper simple. Buy a door, paint it, then use hangers to put it on a wall. Because my life is never that easy, my headboard needed to be in front of a window, and a good few inches out from said window so my curtains wouldn’t be crushed. It’s all good, I’m gonna show you how to do it, too!
Start by painting the door. I used some satin sheen white paint I had on hand, with a sponge roller. It took about four coats to go from wood to solid white – so be patient! If you want a modern look, use high gloss paint and it would look smashing!
After it was all painted (well, one side was), then my sweet (now convinced) husband cut the 1x4s to the length of the door. For this tutorial, I only painted one side of the door and one of the boards – just so you can see front versus back. If you make this (and you totally should!), then please paint everything, m’kay. (I seriously did after the tutorial photos were all done.
Alright, now your pieces are cut to the length of the door, now let’s do some measuring.
With your frame all set up and in place, measure from the floor to where the mounting plate is on the frame. You need to know where it starts and ends, top to bottom.
Measuring up from the bottom of the door, install the first board on one side. Here’s the tricky part: You only have about 1 1/2 inches all the way around the edge of the door to make it mount securely. Pre-drill your holes and screw it into the door right on the edge (maybe 1/2 inch in from the edge) so you are catching the frame of the door. The rest of the inside is hollow (which is why it’s called a hollow core door – but you already knew that…)
Ok, now flip it all over and match up the board on the back side to match the first one you installed. Now you’ve got a door sandwich. Sweet!
Now let’s do the door hokey pokey. Put your headboard in place, mark the holes where your mounting plates on the frame match up, then take it out.
Using a drill bit that is the same size as your bolts, drill through both boards and the door, straight through. Here’s where you get to learn from our mistake – off set the holes, because if you put them side by side the bolt heads won’t have enough room. Drill one side on top, then scoot over (but still in your mark) and drill the second hole.
Then, put your headboard back in, bolt it on, and shake it all about. Ok, don’t really shake it. I was trying to be funny. Yeah…..
Your headboard is complete! Besides painting, the whole thing goes together in about 15 minutes. Seriously! It’s one of the easiest builds we’ve ever done – it’s sooooo simple. And because my husband was so worried about the strength of it all, we’ve used it for nearly six weeks before I wrote this post, just to test it all out. It still looks great, stayed strong, and over all is a win! The best part? It cost less than $40 to make. When you look at similar headboards, they can be $400+ so I’d say it’s a great deal.
Now it’s time for some pointers:
*Is your bed smaller? You can cut down the door. Go here to learn how to cut down a hollow core door.
*Don’t want it so tall? Use a narrower door. I wanted it as tall as possible, so I bought the widest Lowe’s carries.
*Like those pillows? Scoot on over to see my post on my amazing friend Andrea’s blog – I’m going to share how to make them. They’re super simple, too!
Thanks to Lowe’s for partnering with me on this post!
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