How to Build the Easiest DIY Daybed Ever
Learn how to build an easy DIY daybed.
A perfect day for me involves me curling up with a book in a sun filled room on a lazy summer day. To make my dreams comes true, I knew that I needed to add a daybed to my sunroom.
However, I didn’t want to buy new materials for it. So a plan was made using existing extra deck wood that we already had laying around.
Sometimes the best ideas come from using what you already have.
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 modern, 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.
Want to see the rest of this room? Check it out here!
What is a Daybed?
A daybed is a cross between a sofa and a bed. It can be used in a living room or a bedroom. They are great for rooms where you want to relax and lounge around.
My version is a simplified platform daybed. For a more complicated bed tutorial, be sure to check out my DIY canopy bed.
Easy 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.)
- 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 Make a Daybed
- Cut your wood to length. Sand all edges. If desired, stain or paint them.
- Lay deck boards face down. This forms the platform, which totaled about 39″ wide.
- Position the 6×6 12 inches from the edge.
Finishing the Daybed
You can paint or stain the wood if desired. I left mine natural to contrast with all of the color I have in the room.
This easy 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.
This is the best place to nap in the whole house!
Lots of pillows make it way more comfy. We use 2 regular bed pillows, 1 long body pillow and plenty of throw pillows.
Body pillow | Pompom pillow (similar) | Fringe | Tropical Leaf pillow (similar)
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oooh i love this! may have to nab this idea for our playroom!
Great idea! Love how low it is, especially as it can double as a couch/sitting zone. Visiting from Remodelaholic.
Thanks Victoria! We love it so much. It’s the comfiest spot in the house now!
I’ve used pressure treated posts for an indoor bench – it’s totally fine if you wait a while!
Hi Amber, thanks for stopping by. We’ve used pressure treated wood for other projects inside as well. 🙂
HI, JUst stumbled upon this. I love it, but would like it to make it just a bit taller. ANy suggestions? Megan
You could make the platform more secure by adding a few more braces, then cut lengths of 6x6s to use at each corner as legs. Secure them with several screws through the top of the platform into the legs.
Totally new to DIY, how do you secure the boards together side by side?? Wood glue or what method of screws?
Thanks in advance!!
The brace beneath the wood is screwed into each piece. That’s all that is needed to secure the wood.
What would the dimensions be if I wanted to make a this for a full or queen size mattress?
A full bed is 55″ x 75″, so the length would be the same, but the width would need to be around 55″. Your board width determines how many boards you would need.
A queen bed is 60″ x 80″, so the length would need to be 80″.