Overview

interior doors at a salvage warehouse
Photo: Keller & Keller
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Panel configuration is the first factor to consider when shopping for a door to convert. Be sure to pick one with evenly spaced squares or rectangles that are the same size and shape. That way, when you turn the door on its side, the design will be symmetrical. Craftsman-style five-panel doors with rectangles stacked one on top of the other like ladder rungs are ideal, as are Art Deco–style doors with a single recessed panel in the center. I chose a ladder-type door in oak from The Demolition Depot in New York City.

Door height is also key; most are between 70 and 96 inches. While you might be lucky enough to find a match for a standard 76-inch-wide king-size bed, for anything smaller, you'll have to cut one down. For my 60-inch queen bed, I trimmed from the top and bottom to maintain the door's proportions.

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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • 12-inch stainless steel ruler
      Large steel ruler
    • hand clamps
      Clamps
    • finish hammer
      Hammer
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • shop vacuum
      Shop vac
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • spade bit
      -inch paddle bit
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer (optional)
    • dust mask
      N100 dust mask


    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses


    Shopping List

    1. Paneled wood door

    2. White craft glue

    3. Solid crown molding

    4. 4D Finishing nails

    5. Furniture polish

    6. Sconces