A while back, I started looking at headboards and fell in love with one that I saw on the Pottery Barn website. Unfortunately, it was more than I could afford, but I realized that it might be possible to make something similar by attaching a fireplace mantel to an old door that used to be in our old house. Making headboards out of doors is fairly common, but I used to be hesitant just because I typically thought they looked very much like doors. By combining a mantel with the door, this problem is diminished.
If you are handy, you could make your own mantel, but I am not that handy, so I purchased one from Santa Clara Studio on Etsy. I requested a custom size and they were happy to accomodate this request. I specified the dimensions of the door because I wanted the mantel to fit over the door, making it easy to attach. If you are interested in buying the exact same mantel, here is a listing of the one I asked to be customized to my specifictions:
I think it was also important that it is a mantel installed using a French cleat. This meant that there was a hollow space behind the shelf where it was easy to install the shelf over the door using a series of L-brackets.
In addition to screwing the mantel onto the door, it was also necessary to add some boards at the bottom to elevate the headboard and provide a place to secure the headboard to the bed frame.
Once the headboard was secured to the bed frame, it was time for the fun part, decorating the bed! I used my old Laura Ashley bedding that I have owned since the 1980s. It has been a long time, but I still love it!
I also added some throw pillows, including a personalized pillow that I also purchased on Etsy.