How to Build the Easiest DIY Daybed Ever

At the last moment in my sunroom, I decided that a daybed would make the room complete. Can you imagine curling up with a book in a sun filled room on a lazy summer day? Time was running short and energy was low, so the only way to make it happen was for it to be ridiculously easy. I searched around on pinterest and found some cool pallet daybeds, but we currently only have one pallet in our possession and we would need 2. Since I didn’t want to go on a scavenger hunt around town, I started thinking about what kinds of wood we already have laying around. We have a ton of wood leftover from when we built our deck, so my plans for a DIY daybed were born.

We were able to make our daybed without spending any money, by using what we already had around the house (besides the bedding.) If you don’t happen to have leftover deck wood lying around, you can use 1×6’s instead.

The daybed design is very minimal, yet rustic. What I loved most about it was how easy it was! This daybed is perfect for beginners, even if you’ve never built anything before! If you get the wood cut at the hardware store, all you need is a drill to assemble it. This is the kind of project that really boosts your building confidence!

Note: Deck wood is pressure treated and generally not advised to be used indoors. The wood that I used has been outside for about 2 years, so all of the chemicals have since worn away. I feel safe using this wood.


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Supplies for DIY Daybed

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  • 6×6 | 2 pieces cut to 33″ each
  • Deck boards (or 1×6’s) | 7 cut to 72″ (or a bit shorter than your mattress length*)
  • 1×2 | 4 pieces cut to 33″
  • Screws – (these are my favorite screws to use because they really pull the wood together.)
  • Drill
  • Twin Mattress*

*Check your mattress dimensions. Every time I google “twin mattress dimensions,” it tells me that twin beds are 80″ long. However, the twin mattresses in our home are closer to 72″. 

How to Build the Easiest DIY Daybed Ever

  1. Cut your wood to length. Sand all edges. If desired, stain or paint them.
  2. Lay deck boards face down. This forms the platform, which totaled about 39″ wide.
  3. Position the 6×6 12 inches from the edge.
    The 1×2’s help to prevent the platform from sliding off of the legs. We wanted to keep the pieces separate in case we want to move it out to the deck for extreme napping.
  4. Place the 1×2’s on either side of the 6×6 and screw the 1×2’s into place, making sure it sits across all of the boards. I screwed them into every board. 
  5. Repeat for the other side. You will have 3 pieces at this point: the  2 6×6 “legs” and the platform made of deck boards and 1×2’s. 
  6. Position the 6×6’s in the room where it will live. Try to get the wood roughly in the right place. 
  7. Place the platform on top of the 6×6’s, sandwiching it with the 1×2 braces. (It is much heavier than you think.) You will probably have to wiggle it around to get it right.
  8. Place the mattress and tada! You have a daybed!Kantha Blanket

This DIY daybed was so simple to make! We finished it in a few hours and best of all, we didn’t have to go to the store for supplies! I love when a project is this easy, but has this big of an impact. I think it’s nap time now!

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