How to Build a Bed using Recycled Doors


Making a bed using old doors and recycled lumber will result in a unique piece of furniture for your home and give your bedroom a custom look for pennies. The average height of an old door is perfect for a king size headboard and foot board and using recycled decking boards to build the bed frame insures a sturdy build that will last for years.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 old doors
  • Recycled decking boards
  • Deck screws
  • Miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill
  • Tape measure
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • King size mattress and box springs
  • Measure the width and length of your mattress and box springs to verify a king size mattress is what you have. A standard king size mattress is 78 inches wide by 80 inches long.

  • Cut two decking boards the width of your mattress plus 2 1/2 inches. This will be a total of 80 1/2 inches. Cut two decking boards the length of your mattress plus a half inch. This will also be a total of 80 1/2 inches.

  • Build a box frame for your box springs. Position the two decking boards for the width on their sides, for the head and the foot of the bed frame. Place the remaining two boards on their sides for the sides of the bed. The side boards are positioned on the inside. Using the deck screws, screw through the head and foot decking boards of the the frame and into the cut ends of the side decking boards. This will allow for the box springs to be inside the frame and provide a 1/4 inch extra on all sides.

  • Cut three more decking boards 80 1/2 inches for the bottom slats of the bed frame. Working with the box frame upside down, space evenly and attach the boards to the sides of the frame using the deck screws.

  • Cut six decking boards 17 inches long for the legs. Continue to work with the frame upside down. Attach four legs using the deck screws to the sides of the box frame on the outside. Position them flush with the ends of the frame and the floor. Attach the remaining two legs to the foot of the frame flush to the side edges of the previously attached legs at a right angle. Turn the frame over. Your leg tops will be even with the top edge of the frame.

  • Cut one decking board 11 inches long and position it under the middle slat of the frame for a support leg. Screw through the top of the slat into the cut end of the support leg. Cut two decking boards 36 inches long for the door supports for the headboard. Attach these boards to the head of the frame the same way the legs were attached at the foot of the frame. They should resemble two goal posts at the head of the bed.

  • Measure the width of the frame and the length of the doors. Trim the doors using the circular saw to match the width of the frame. Don't worry if your door is slightly smaller than the frame, the mattress and the bedding will hide slight imperfections.

  • Position one old door side ways, on the edge, along the head of the box frame with the door supports behind the door. Screw through the supports into the back of the door to attach the headboard to the frame.

  • Attach the other old door side ways, to the foot of the frame, even with the ground.

  • Paint the entire bed frame and doors.

  • Complete the door bed by inserting the box springs into the frame and topping with the king size mattress.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a drill to make pilot holes for each screw to prevent the wood from splitting.
  • Use old solid doors. Hollow doors may not be sturdy enough.
  • Like any bed, it will need to be assembled in the bedroom where it will be used.

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