Here are a few more ideas for those ugly hollow core doors.
We’ve all seen those headboards made from fantastic vintage doors but even ugly hollow core doors can be dressed up and made into a great headboard. This one is made from 4 hollow core bi-fold closet doors that have been trimmed out with lattice molding, topped off with brick molding and dressed up with a wall decal, after painting it white. It’s also been back lit with rope lighting for that romantic glow.
This seating area is actually a Murphy Bed. It is made from 2 36″ hollow core doors attached with a piano hinge to the bench, which is secured to the wall. When the pad is removed from the bench, it serves as the support for the head of the bed, and the upper shelf becomes the support for the foot of the bed. When the bed is closed, it is secured upright to the wall with straps and hooks. This is a very simple and inexpensive design, and makes a handy extra bed when space is limited.
I built this cutting counter for a lady who is an avid quilter and needs a lot of storage for her fabric and tools. The base, including the center shelf, is entirely constructed from hollow core doors. For the top, I cut a 4×8 piece of melamine into 3 sections and used piano hinges to connect them. The drop leaf supports are made from 2×2’s and hinged to swing in and out.
Hollow core doors also make inexpensive and light weight shelving for closets and bookshelves.
These are all the hollow core door ideas I have used so far, but stay tuned because there are many more to come.