Make your entryway approachable and functional with a wooden doormat that will get you points for curb appeal. 

Step 1

Cut and Sand Boards

Measure and cut all of the 8’ boards in half so they’re each 4’ long. Use sandpaper to smooth rough edges. 

Step 2

Stain Boards

Cedar is a great choice for this project because of its high resistance to rot and ability to stand up to moisture. To obtain a more rustic, varied color effect, use a few different stains on each board. Apply the stain evenly using a rag.

Step 3

Layout Boards

Whether you desire an ombre pattern or are looking to mix the stained boards, planning the layout of the doormat is helpful for determining the overall size. Alternate the orientation of the boards in a horizontal and vertical pattern to create texture in your finished doormat. If you install the horizontal boards on-center to the neighboring vertical boards, the end product will be the same front and back, and it will have shallower divots.

Step 4

Predrill Holes

Use a 1/4” bit, or a drill bit that is wider than the #10-24 threaded rods to predrill all of the cedar boards. Space three holes across the width of the board, on-center. The first should fall at 3” from one end, place a middle hole around 24”, and the last at 45”. To save time on measuring the holes for each board, use the first predrilled board as a template for matching the same three holes on each of the other boards. 

Step 5

Assemble Doormat

Attach a cap nut to one end of each rod and thread the three rods through the predrilled boards. The rods are rigid and will help the boards stack evenly while cinching them together.

Step 6

Cap the Ends

Use a hacksaw to cut the excess length off the threaded rods and then apply a cap nut to the cut end to prevent the boards from sliding off. 

The doormat is complete and can be placed on your doorstep. 

Wooden doormat at a front door.

How to make a stained cedar doormat.

Use the cedar doormat at your entryway year-round.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio