How To Build A Rustic Barn Door Headboard

Jeff x.mas 11.15.15

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We love the look of old barn doors. Ever since building the original doors from salvaged barn flooring - we have wanted to build a few more to make into a headboard.

So with the weather still snowy and cold over the weekend, and no ability to work on the chicken coop or recycled greenhouse project - it was time to cure the winter blahs with a building project! And yes, sadly, as the garage became a temporary workshop, Mary's vehicle was once again the victim and banished to the driveway :).

The headboard can be made with a variety of materials. If you want a rustic look - you could easily use pallet boards and old barn wood to create it completely from recycled materials. It can also be built from simple framing lumber. Ours is a combination of both, along with some salvaged barn hardware saved when we deconstructed two old barns.

Since this was built for a king sized bed - we built it as two separate door frames and then attached them together once in the bedroom. It made it easier to move and work with, not to mention fit through tight hallways! When finished - it measured 6' high x 83" wide.

  • Our completed "new" old barn door headboard
  • We cut all of our pieces to length to start, including the cured cuts for the top of the doors
  • We then laid out the frames on the floor upside down.
  • We attached the tongue and groove boards to the back of the frame with a nail gun
  • The first door complete!
  • We repeated the process until both doors were assembled
  • We secured the doors together by attaching (3) 2 x 4 x 80″ boards to the back of the doors
  • We added 2 x 4 trim boards to each side and the top for extra detail
  • We added a single coat of stain, and it was time to attach the old barn hardware
  • All stained and ready for the door hardware
  • These old barn door pulleys made were added to the top
  • We finished it off with lanterns on each side for lights.

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  • Helen
    Helen Tacoma, WA
    Beautiful isn't a good enough word to use to describe this headboard. Fantastic job.
  • Terri
    Terri Decatur, AL
  • Becky Maxwell
    Becky Maxwell Danville, OH
    I think I'm going to make one of these as a Christmas gift for my grandson!
  • Dianne
    Dianne Australia
    WOW!! You are very clever and talented. The professional job you have done is a credit to you. It looks amazing. I am so jealous of your skills, well done. And so good of you to share.
  • Wandahughes
    Thank you for sharing your new headboard; terrific job!
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