DIY Plywood Daybed

DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
Lately I’ve been all over the place when trying to decide room arrangements in our house.  I’ll come up with a plan and think perfect, and then the next week be thinking, no way can that work! Part of it is being the most indecisive person ever and part of it is my boys keep changing their opinions/behavior, so I can’t decide who or what should go in what rooms! For a while, I toyed with the idea of turning the currently unoccupied room upstairs into a “studio” of sorts and came up with a few ideas to make that happen – like the DIY Concrete Desk and this daybed.  Whether this room ends up staying a workspace or turns back into one of boy’s bedrooms is still undecided, but this daybed is perfect and can be used in a few different rooms, so I’m glad we made it!
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
I wanted a comfy sitting spot for times when we’re working in there, but I also wanted to have an extra bed in the house, so a daybed seemed like the way to go.  I’ve seen a few plywood couches and loved the look, and we pretty much try and use natural wood any and every where we can, so plywood it was for our daybed!
It’s a nice cozy spot to sit and read or work at and it’s a comfy bed – I did take a nap on it just to test it out! 😉
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
– pine plywood
– 2×6 pine boards
– circular saw
– tape measure
– pencil
– table saw
– miter box
– drill with 1/2″ spade bit and 3/16″ drill bit
– screws
– wooden plugs
– hammer (for installing plugs)
– block of wood (for installing plugs)
– wood glue
– sand paper
– twin mattress
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
Directions: On the plywood, measure and mark the length and width you want your headboard – ours is 31.5″ tall and 36.25″ wide. Cut the headboard. Measure and mark the length of the bottom footboard, ours is 11″ tall and 36.25″ wide. Cut the footboard. Measure and mark the length & width of the back piece, ours is 31.5″ tall and 72.5″ long. Cut back piece. (We made ours a little shorter and narrower than the mattress was, we wanted the mattress to hang over the edge slightly so if you were sitting on it, your legs wouldn’t rub against the wood).
Using table saw cut the pine boards into 2 inch strips, this is for the mattress frame. Then cut two to length, making the length fit in between the headboard and the footboard. Cut the crosspieces of the mattress support, the width of the headboard, minus three inches. We cut 8 crosspieces. Layout the crosspieces, spacing them evenly along the length of the side pieces of the mattress support frame. Pre-drill the screws holes, centered on each cross piece. We used 1/2″ spade bit to drill 3/8″ deep on the front board so that we could cover the screw heads with wooden plugs. Glue and screw cross pieces to front & back board. Drill holes along the plywood back piece to attach head and foot board. Screw headboard to the back board. Screw footboard to the back board. (You can use wood glue along with the  screws for extra support, we did not because we wanted to be able to take the bed apart in case we’d like to move it). Measure up from the bottom 10″ for screw holes to attach to the bed. Drill holes. (You want a good number of screw holes to better hold weight, probably at least 8 along the back and 4 along the head board and 4 along the foot board). Measure and mark some lines on the headboard and backboard, 11″ from bottom. Hold the frame at the 11″ inch mark and screw to the bed, easier with a helper! Place wooden plugs to cover screw holes. Sand where needed. (Apply finish if desired). Place mattress on and take a well deserved nap!
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
DIY Plywood Daybed @themerrythought
My Lincoln took this photo of me (that’s him reading in the photo above)  – he’s becoming quite the assistant for Caitlin & me! While he was taking these photos, he said, “see mom, this is why I need a camera like this!” Haa – keep saving those pennies buddy – it only took me 33 years to get one! 😉


  • MarisaThursday, August 20, 2015 - 1:30 pm

    An extra bed is always useful! I’m curious if you are just going to leave a sheet on the bed or put something more durable.ReplyCancel

    • MandaThursday, August 20, 2015 - 9:55 pm

      Hi Marisa – for right now, we’re just leaving the sheet on it as it doesn’t see too much traffic. But if we end up moving it to a different room where it would get heavy use, I would probably want to get a more durable cover, or least definitely a darker sheet to protect it from my boys! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • writingmoniqueFriday, August 21, 2015 - 12:52 am

    It’s SO perfect! It looks so natural and cute. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • NatalieFriday, August 21, 2015 - 3:54 pm

    How much was the total material cost on this? Looks great!ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, August 21, 2015 - 9:33 pm

      It was probably close to $50 for the bed frame (wood, screws). We bought a new mattress too, and that was $99.ReplyCancel

  • Lexy | ProperFriday, August 21, 2015 - 6:22 pm

    I just wanna be you and have all your tools and just be you. I love this so much!ReplyCancel

  • AlexaSaturday, September 26, 2015 - 5:25 pm

    This is amazing! I’m looking to replace my old, small couch and this is perfect. I was just curious about how much weight this can support, please and thank you.ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, September 28, 2015 - 10:21 am

      It can probably support an average size adult + a kid or two as is. If you were going to use it as a couch, we would suggest adding a support board (leg), in the front center of the bed.ReplyCancel

      • AlexaMonday, September 28, 2015 - 10:37 pm

        Thank you! Again, amazing blog!ReplyCancel

  • En estado de RachelSunday, January 31, 2016 - 8:32 am

    Amazing diy!!
    I love this idea ❤ReplyCancel

  • LindsayMonday, February 15, 2016 - 2:35 pm

    Beautiful daybed!!! You have inspired me to put one like this in our playroom. Could you share your source for the longer gray pillow in back?ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, February 15, 2016 - 2:43 pm

      Hi Lindsay – it’s a body pillow from Target!ReplyCancel

  • SarahTuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:34 am

    What a great idea for a daybed! The plywood look is so sleek.

    I tried this following the tutorial closely, and wanted to point out a couple of notes.
    A standard twin mattress is 75 x 38, but the measurements here are smaller than that. Was a non-standard size used in this example?
    When I had finished all of the instructions, the bed was not sturdy enough to support any weight. I had to add a support beam in the middle of the bed (a third leg), and brackets along the edges to support the frame of the bed.

    Hope this helps any other DIY-ers.

    Thanks for a great idea!ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:02 pm

      Hi Sarah – so glad you tried this out! We did use a standard twin mattress, however we wanted the mattress to hang over the edge a bit so that if you were sitting on the daybed, your legs wouldn’t rub against wood. I’m not sure why your bed wouldn’t hold weight, ours has been slept in/sat on by children & adults and is holding strong. It might depend on how many screws you put in, putting in more will make it sturdier. We did update the post to reflect that. However, adding a third leg in the middle is a good idea for extra support, especially if it gets regular use as a couch. Thanks for commenting and leaving your feedback, we’re always glad to hear when projects are made and how they turn out! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JackieMonday, June 6, 2016 - 3:54 pm

    This is great! Where did you get the throw? I love it!ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, June 6, 2016 - 7:05 pm

      Thanks Jackie! The throw is from Target!ReplyCancel

  • JasonSunday, October 9, 2016 - 12:11 pm

    Are there any other pictures showing more steps and details to the construction? I’d very much like to make this for my office/study but need more details on assembly. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, October 9, 2016 - 1:45 pm

      Hi Jason, unfortunately these are all the photos we have for the assembly & construction of the bed. The hardest part of these DIYs is usually trying to capture the process steps, as you need good lighting, the right setting, and have to keep stopping during the process of making to capture them; and often with bigger projects, it’s hard for us to get these kind of photos. Sorry! We do try to write in as much detail as possible for the steps, but I know it’s not always easy to explain or follow, especially on more complicated projects like this. If there’s any specific questions you have, we can try to answer them.ReplyCancel

  • IvoryFriday, October 21, 2016 - 12:12 pm

    Beautiful job. I love what you did here. Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

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