This easy to build, Mid-Century Modern inspired daybed is the perfect DIY to create a cozy place to relax and welcome guests too! Find the free building plans, video tutorial and instructions below.
We had an unused corner in our basement that was ideal for this type of set up, and of course, you can build just one. UPDATE 10/2018 I continued to add to my basket collection so I thought I’d share a photos from a later photoshoot.
My favorite plywood is made by PureBond because it is constructed out of hardwoods and are formaldehyde-free. I used the Birch veneer finish, which fits the modern aesthetic of the bed.
Here is a cut plan for building one bed from one sheet of plywood. 4×4 wood, or two 2×4’s joined together and cut to exact height of applied leg, approximately 9″ Table Saw (Optional, you can have the plywood cut at Home Depot.) It does not include finishes, basic woodworking supplies or tools.
Adding a small block of wood to the end helps the holes go into the plywood straight. Attach the apron front to the base of the bed with 1 1/4″ Kreg screws.
Two of them are used as support for the legs and the one close to the edge becomes a cleat for the arm or headrest. Be sure to apply pressure to the boards so that the glue makes contact. Screw the mounting leg brackets into place using the guide above.
Attach the arm rest or headboard to the side of the bed.
A right angle clamp is helpful for holding the top flush and square. We found it extremely helpful to mark a straight line to use as a guide for holding the arm rest in the proper place.
Measure the exact height from the underside base of the bed to the floor. Countersink the screws from the top side of the base and attach the center support leg. Use an iron to apply birch wood veneer edgebanding. If you will be using the iron on clothes, wrap it in aluminum foil before you begin.
Apply stain with a brush and then wipe off with a cotton rag. To achieve a finish that most closely matched the legs, I applied to coats of stain.
Apply your favorite top coat to seal the wood. I used General Finishes High Performance water based topcoat in Flat.
I love how the two of them completely fill out this once, unused space in our basement media room! High-quality plywood like the PureBond I used is perfect for creating tons of beautiful wood projects. I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to bring you “It’s Plywood but Pretty” round up. Today marks the beginning of a whole week of challenges and plywood goodness hosted by Remodelaholic!
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