Build Your Own Daybed

Doesn’t everyone have a secret longing for the perfect daybed? (Think: afternoon reading sessions and naps.) Remodelista contributing editor Izabella does, which is why she took note of this DIY daybed made by freelance stylist Minna Jones, who writes the blog Time of the Aquarius.

Here’s a brief tutorial on building a similar version:

Above: Jones opted to paint the daybed white and added pillows and an Ikea mattress. She also added a front panel, which is attached with an angle iron for a more finished look.

Above: Jones attached a simple wood slat bed frame to the walls using heavy-duty screws.

Above: Jones then used two sets of Ikea Sultan Lade slatted bed bases and screwed the slats to the top of the bed frame. For added support, she screwed leg supports into the frame.

Above: A front view of the finished day bed. To add texture and comfort, consider Coyuchi’s Organic Throw Pillows made of organic cotton; $72.

If you’re looking for more ideas for building your own home furniture, explore Remodelista‘s DIY projects.


Kathleen Cazander


Er F.
Er F5 years ago

Wow that looks so easy. I think I could do that!

Stella Gamboni
Stella Gamboni5 years ago

Kinda puts a different spin on "Go make your bed."

Ellyn V.
Ellyn V5 years ago

I like it. That underneath area would be great for some storage baskets or drawers too.

susan k.
susan k5 years ago

This is a great idea , thanks for sharing

Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

looks good

Kathleen Cazander

That daybed looks lovely in that rustic style room.

Florence Eaise
Florence Eaise5 years ago

great tip im going to try to build one

Brian M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Excellent article. Even someone as mechanically challenged as myself could do this.

Nicole Weber
Nicole W5 years ago