Make it Work: Door Headboard

In the series, Make it Work , I show you how to take a seemingly random thrifted find and hypothetically ‘make it work’ in an awesome space.  WWTGD (What would Tim Gunn do?) I'm getting the thrifting bug lately.  It's not tag sale season, and I'm at a point with the flip where I've purchased all the materials and lights but not yet ready to stage, so I'm at a thrifting stand still.  What better time to dream about new (old) awesome decor and share it with you guys.

In today's Make it Work, how about an old door as a headboard?

craigslist old door

Currently listed on the Boston Craigslist, it's more than a little steep in price at $450, but I think it'll give you a good idea.

All over pinterest you'll find crafty- looking door headboards, but it doesn't have to be that way.  A door used as a headboard can look so sophisticated if done right.


This bedroom from Country Living shows a very successful door-turned headboard.  The key to this room is simplicity.  The headboard is the focal point and you don't have a gaggle of craftiness distracting from that.

So, how would I make the very different door from Craigslist work?  It's all about balance.

Make it work: Door to headboard via Year of Serendipity

The heaviness of the headboard is grounded by a heavy rug, and everything else becomes a textural supporting character.  If you try and add too much pattern or color, that's when the bad crazy happens.  I'm also a big proponent for style mixing.  High/low, new/old, hard/soft.  It creates a nice, balanced, and interesting space.

Curtains: Cotton Canvas Stamped Dots, West Elm

Eggs Prints: OldAgePrints on Etsy

Sconces: Congress Wall Sconce, Rejuvination

Night Stand: Threshold Parson Side Table, Target

Bedding: Waiscott Oxford Weave, Serena & Lily

Rug: Kasari Printed, Pottery Barn

Bench: Vintage Steel and Vinyl, Chairish


I hope you'll think twice next time you come across an old door.  Doesn't this room just make you want to curl up?