Ideas for Old Doors


Your home may have old, unused doors lying around in the garage, basement or attic. Make use of your old doors by turning them into functional pieces of art, furniture or signage. By repurposing the doors instead of throwing them out, you can save money and make an environmentally-friendly design choice.


  • Instead of splurging on an expensive headboard, use an old door. For a traditional room, choose a door with rectangular insets and paint in pale colors. You can also use the door's original wood finish, or paint it in a wild design so that it doubles as an art piece. When mounting the door, add extra security and stability by screwing a 2-inch by 4-inch board to the wall behind your bed for the bottom of the headboard to rest on.

Shabby Chic Desk

  • If you have an interesting antique door, use it to make a desk for your office or as a work surface. Find two sturdy wooden sawhorses and paint them in the same color as the door for a smooth, seamless look. Measure the door and visit a home supply store to get a piece of glass or clear plastic in the same size; lay it on top of the door to create an even surface. If you are using a door that has glass panels, find four old table legs to nail to the corners, and add wooden strips between the legs for reinforcement to create a simple, striking desk.


  • When you are advertising a business or event, signage can be expensive. Turn old doors into sturdy signs that can be repainted and reused. Remove the door handle, cut the door in half and use simple hinges to attach the halves together. Depending on your final goal, you can sand the rough edges and leave the door paint as is, or use a flat paint for a fresh finish. Paint your lettering on the two outside edges, and arrange the sign in a "V" shape. This type of sign can be used indoors or outdoors, and is particularly useful on a corner because you can use both sides.

Sliding Panels

  • If you have a room with a doorless opening, you can use old doors to create an unusual set of sliding panels to close off the room from the adjacent space. Install a track on the wall that allows clips to slide; the track should extend 6 inches more than the width of a door on each side of the opening. Choose two old doors and screw clips onto the top so that they can attach to the track and slide to meet in the center of the opening, or rest on the sides when not in use. By using doors in varying finishes and decorative hardware, the doors can function as art.

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