Introduction

How to Build a Headboard and Footboard from Bifold Doors
Photo: Gemma Comas
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Maybe you've noticed something as you head in to plunk down on your pillow-top each night: Your bed's just a gussied-up mattress, and it's making the whole room look neglected. Well, with a trip to the home center for some ready-made parts, plus a few basic tools of your own, you can give it a proper framework. This Old House general contractor Tom Silva assembled the handsome head- and footboard shown here in just a day, using paneled bifold doors and stock molding. "Using off-the-shelf products makes this project easy," says Tom. "The basic woodworking is done for you." Read on to learn how to build a bed like this one, customized to your taste and space.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/Driver
    • circular saw
      Circular Saw
    • miter saw
      Miter Saw
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • hand plane
      Hand Plane

    Shopping List

    1. 4d finish nails

    2. 1x6 and 1x3 trim boards

    3. Crown molding

    4. Three sets of 24x80 three-paneled bifold doors (for a full or queen bed)

    5. 8-inch steel strapping (and ¾-inch bolts)

    6. 1½-inch screws (and fender washers)

    7. Four turned wood feet

    8. Wood glue