How to Make a Simple Wooden Doormat

This tutorial will teach you how to make a simple yet modern wooden doormat that is perfect for any home.

What You'll Be Creating

This tutorial will teach you how to make a simple yet modern wooden doormat that is perfect for any home.  


  • Two 1.8 meter, 2.5 cm x 2 cm (6 ft, 1 in x 2 in) lengths of lumber
  • Ten 2.5 cm (1 in) wooden beads
  • 165 cm (65 in) rope/cord, 0.5 cm (3/16 in) thick
  • Sanding paper
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Saw: handsaws, bandsaws, and even miter saws will work for this project
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Tape measure 
  • Stain or paint (optional)

1. Preparing Your Materials

Step 1

To start your project, measure and mark your lumber into six 61 cm (2 ft) sections. 


Step 2

Once you have marked your lumber into the proper lengths, carefully cut where you have marked. You will now have six lengths of board that are all the same length.


Step 3

Next mark a spot that is 5 cm (2 in) in from the end of each board. Mark both ends of each board. The mark should be placed on the smaller dimension of the lumber. 


Step 4

Using a drill bit that is of a similar diameter to the rope or cord you are using, drill a hole through the board at each place you marked. Each board should have two holes, one at each end. These holes are where the cord will be threaded to hold the mat together.


Step 5

Sand any rough edges or areas of the boards. If you are planing to paint or stain your boards, do so after sanding.


2. Assembling Your Doormat

Step 1

To assemble your doormat, tie a knot at one end of each length of cord. Make sure that the knot is large enough that it does not pull through the hole drilled in the lumber. Thread the cord through the hole until the knot is flush with the board. Repeat for the other hole.


Step 2

Now thread a bead onto the cord. Repeat for the other side of the board.


Step 3

Thread the next board on, and continue to thread boards and beads in an alternating fashion for both sides of the doormat. Once you have threaded all the boards and beads, tie a knot flush with the board, as we did in step 1. 

Trim any excess cord, and then your project is complete!


Congratulations, You Have Constructed Your Own Wooden Doormat! 

In this tutorial you learned how to make a simple but stylish wooden mat with just a few basic tools. This project is the perfect addition to any entrance. Whether you leave your mat natural or add paint or stain for a pop of color, it is sure to be a stylish addition to any porch.