This woodworking project about daybed plans free. Building a day bed is not only easy but it is also a great way to add value to your backyard, while spending a small amount of money. Taking into account there are many plans to choose, you should adjust the design of our project to your needs. Moreover, it is essential to build the daybed having the style of the rest of your furniture in mind.
When buying the lumber for your woodworking project, you should select the slats that are in the best condition. In addition, if you are going to place the sofa in your backyard, we recommend you to choose weather-resistant components, such as cedar, pine or redwood. Always align the components at both ends and pre-drill the slats, in order to prevent the wood from splitting.
Building a daybed
- 1 – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 25 3/4″, 2 pieces – 30″ LEGS
- 2 – 4 pices of 2×3 lumber – 42″, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 42″, 2 pieces – 87″ FRAME
- 3 – 9 piece of 1×4 lumber – 80″ SUPPORTS
- 4 – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 44 1/4″, 4 pieces – 87″ SLATS
- 5 – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 41 1/2″, 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 87″ TRIMS
- One day
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the front and the back legs of the daybed. As you can see in the image, we recommend you to use 4×4 lumber and to make a few notches, otherwise the components won’t fit into place. Mark the lines, make several parallel lines with a circular saw and clean the recess with a chisel.
Building the back legs is a straight forward job if you have done the previous components. Make sure you take accurate measurements before making the notches, as the slightest mistake could hinder the appearance of the daybed. Smooth the recesses with 120-grit sandpaper.
Cut the components of the frame from 2×4 lumber and attach them to the four legs, as shown in the plans. We strongly recommend you to plumb the legs with a spirit level and to check if the corners are right-angled before drilling pilot holes and inserting the screws. Countersink the head of the 2 1/2″ galvanized screws, in order to get a neat result.
Afterwards, you have to make a basic frame for the slats that will support the mattress. As you can notice in the image, you have to use 2×3 beams, as to leave enough room for fitting support slats. Drill pilot holes through the frame of the daybed before inserting the screws into the beams.
Next, attach 1×4 slats to the supports, making sure you place them equally spaced. Pre-drill the slats before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent them from splitting. Place a wood block between the slats, in order to get equal gaps.
Continue the woodworking project by attaching the 1×4 slats to the sides and to the back of the daybed. Attach the slats into the notches and lock them into place with 1 1/4″ screws. Add waterproof glue the joints, in order to enhance the bond of the joints.
Attach 1×4 and 2×4 trims on top of the armrests and to the back support, as to get a nice appearance. Use finishing nails and waterproof glue to lock the trims into place.
Lastly, we recommend you to get the final touches done. Therefore, fill the holes with putty and sand the surface thoroughly, after it gets dry. Check if the components are locked together properly, before fitting the mattress into place.
PRO TIP: Applying a few coats of paint will not only enhance the look of the daybed, but it will also protect the wooden components from water damage.
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