We love having guests. Especially after moving to the bottom of the United States, we live for the weekends that friends and family come to visit. We’re lucky enough to have great finds that don’t give us the stank-eye when we throw out the ol’ air mattress when they come to stay. But I knew that it was time to create something a little more permanent. I’ve been researching modern bedroom furniture to try and find some cool items to modernise the room! After making over our toy room/third bedroom into a guest room and office (read more about that right here!), we knew that there should be some kind of bed or bench or mechanism for sitting your butt down and so we came up with this DIY minimalist daybed with storage! Hint – the storage is on the inside and is totally awesome and useful! And you can totally make your own. Here’s how we did it!
We had thrown around the idea of just buyinga daybed after finding this Rohini Daybed Cushion from Urban Outfitters. I loved how the cushion looked and loved the simple daybed it was styled with, but didn’t want to shell out an extra $300 for a bed ON TOP of the $150 for the cute cute cushion. I knew we could build our own and so we got to work sketching up some plans for a DIY minimalist daybed. And we came up with a literal box with storage! And it is my favorite. And it only cost about $90 as we got the parts from Tradefix Direct, so it is Logan’s favorite.
Materials needed for your own DIY Minimalist Daybed with Storage
- 2 inch finish nails (1 box)
- orbital sander and disks (180 and 220 grit)
- hand sanding blocks (220 grit)
- 4 utility hinges
- 2 lid supports for hinges
- measuring tape
- pine plywood – 85″ x 32″ (2)
- pine plywood – 85″ x 14″ (2)
- pine plywood – 30″ x 14″ (4)
- 2″ x 4″ (1) – optional
Step 1. We started by doing a mockup of how we wanted the bed to look. Just lay everything out on an even surface (this case being our garage floor!) and make sure everything measures correctly.
Step 2. Use an orbital sander to finish each piece of wood. This particular plywood came pretty sanded and finished, so it wasn’t a lot of work. We just sanded away any dirt, dings, or minor scratches.
Step 3. Use hand sanding blocks to remove any split wood from the sides of each piece.
Step 4. Start nailing! We first built the base by attaching the 4 30″ x 14″ pieces to one of the long and skinny sides (85″ x 14″). We placed 3 nails per small board and used a nail set to get them deep without damaging the wood.
Time to attach the other side!
Step 5. Turn the box on its side and hammer the second long side (85″ x 14″) to the 4 small boards. Use a tape measure to make sure things are spaced evenly. To give you an idea for spacing, we nailed a small board (30″ x 14″) every 21 3/8″ inches.
Ta-da!!! It’s looking like something!
Step 6. Nail the bottom large board (85″ x 32″) to the perimeter of the box and flip the bed. We placed a 2×4 inside the middle storage box to help keep the wood from bowing.
Step 7. Check that all edges are flush and place the final top piece (85″ x 32″). attach 4 hinges to the back of the bed to secure the top.
This is embarrassing. I accidentally deleted the photos of us placing the hinges to the back of the bed. They were good, folks. But ya know how you just sometimes lose your mind? That was me a few weeks ago. So here’s a shot of the hinges in action!
Step 8. Attach the lid supports to the inside of the lid following the label’s instructions. Read these instructions several times over before adding them! Take it from someone who had to practice several times to be sure she did it right. Those lid supports can be tricky business!
Step 9. Go over every surface with the orbital sander to remove any small marks that may have occurred during the building process! And take the bed to its new home!
I attached a strip of leather to the top center of the bed to help when pulling the lid up. The cushion that rests on the bed will cover it and I can just pull the cushion off when I need to get something out of the bed!
And there you have it! Would you look at all that storage?
Just look at it. These large wings are perfect for our oversized blankets and quilts that we pull out for guests and camping trips.
I’ve also stored extra pillows and baby items that Vita no longer uses, but that we will need when the day comes that we have another baby in the house!
Place those cushions and pillows on top and call it a day!
Because we extended the bed an extra foot beyond the cushion, guests can use it as an acting “bed side table” and place their books and beverages right next to them while resting!
He’s super sturdy. And super heavy! There was a look of sheer panic on my face when I was assisting Logan in moving this from our garage and up a flight of stairs into the new bedroom. He laughed. I had a heart attack. We’re obviously made for each other. The bed is unstained and natural and I kind of love it! I decided to let it stay natural for a few weeks before deciding if I want to stain or paint it. Any suggestions for me? I’m terrible when it comes to daybed-decorating-decisions. What do you think? Would you make your own DIY minimalist daybed? It was honestly all in a day’s’ work!
Check out the full room reveal right over here to see how everything else looks next to the daybed!And if you’ve now got the woodworking bug and are itchin’ to build something, check out a few of our other easy projects like these industrial wall shelves or this rolling storage bin!
concept, styling, & photography \\ Lexy Ward
Laurel (@abubblylife) says
love, love this.
Jacquelyn | lark & linen says
Dude. Your skills never fail to amaze me. I am forever envious of your abilities to just MAKE A BED! What!? This is amazing!
Love this Lex!!!
Marwa | Enthralling Gumption says
What! This is perfect, you now got me itchin for wood projects Lexy!!
Totally love it!
if you haven’t already painted/stained it then may l suggest you white wash it..l think that texture would go well with the room decor that l could see in the picture…l want to get rid of my lounge suite and have a daybed instead but as l cant have it against a wall l would need a back board to support cushions and arm rests..
Now that I’ve seen your daybed, my brain started making variations. 1. Instead of the strap for a handle to lift the lid, make hand holes near the edge, to slide your fingers in and lift. 2. Make the lid into two or maybe three pieces, it would be lighter, easier to lift. You have inspired me to design what I need!
Monique | WritingMonique says
It looks so amazing, so cosy and practical!
Hi!!!! This looks absolutely beautiful. I was wondering where you got the pillows? Thanks!!!!!! 🙂
Great idea and execution! We are thinking of something similar but our space is only 72 inches. Can this Urban Oufitters cushion be squished length-wise 2 inches for a snug fit without buckling? I can’t tell how firm it is online. Thanks!
Chris P. says
I wasn’t totally clear, did you end up buying the mattress/cushion ast Urban Outfitters or did you find another source? If you did find another source, would you share thier name?
Hi there! I bought the cushion from Urban Outfitters! Here’s a link to it! https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/rohini-daybed-cushion
Wonderful idea! What is the thickness of the plywood that you used for this project?
Thanks, Lisa! We went with 1″ plywood!
Great project. Is it comfortable as a couch? Thank you
Super comfy! Many afternoons were spent here reading and playing!
what is the thickness of the plywood you used? 1/2″ or 3/4″ ?
Hi Dara! The plywood was 1″ thick!