Lydia Daybed

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:54
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This beautiful daybed will surprise you with it's easy to build plan. Features scalloped edges, moulding on the inside and out and finials. Easy to modify to a full size.


Image from Uli.  Can you believe that Uli lives in the metric system, and converted this beautiful bed to different sized lumber!  Amazing!


Another amazing photo from one of our readers!

My sister's name is Lydia Priscilla, so I thought Lydia would be a perfect name for this bed.

WHAT YOU CAN'T BUY As you probably know, Pottery Barn used to sell a beautiful Priscilla Dayed, but the bed is discontinued.  And I have for years wanted to redesign the bed, to make in "buildable."  And today, I think I have.

DREAMING OF THIS BED After putting together the post for the Swedish planked bed, then putting Grace to bed, I dreamed about scrolling with a jigsaw and using a Kreg Jig to build this bed.  Because the major issue before having a Kreg Jig in my tool belt was connecting the beautiful scalloped corners to the side rails.  Now we can easily do that!

IT'S EASIER THAN IT LOOKS Please don't let this bed intimidate you.  If a jigsaw doesn't intimidate you, you, yes YOU, can build this bed.  It's amazingly easy. For the trim, we are going to use store bought moulding, and then for the finials . . .

FINIALS?  YEAH, WE'VE GOT A HACK FOR THAT For the finials, simply pick up a four curtain rod finials next time you are out shopping (unfinished preferred, but if you are painting, a spray coat of primer can get these babies ready for your bed).  It will be easy to drill a simple hole on the tops of your daybed tops and screw these in.


Go ahead, click for a larger view.  It's much easier than it looks, eh?  Now I'm just going to put this out there, since I know most of you are Moms just like me.  If you can figure out how to raise a baby, if you took a baby home from the hospital and the baby not only survived, but they thrived, then you can do this.  This is NOTHING compared to the major project of raising kids.  You've got the ability. Let's get building! 

Fits a standard twin mattress. Convert to a full by simply adding 15" to all width-wise measurements.


Shopping List

4 – Pieces of 2 1/4″ moulding, 7′ Length like this one
2 – Pieces of 2 1/4″ moulding, 8′ Length (same as above, a little longer)
2 – 1×10, 8′ Length
1 – Sheet of 3/4″ MDF
4 – 1×2 Boards
11 – 1×3 Boards
Wood Filler
Wood Glue
1 1/4″ Nails
2″ Nails
1 1/4″ Screws

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 3/4″ MDF @ 40 1/2″ x 27″ (Panels)
4 – 1×2 @ 34 1/2″ (End Legs, ends tapered in step 1)
2 – 1×3 @ 37 1/2 (Bottom Panel Trim)
4 – 1×3 @ 34 1/2″ (Side Legs, ends tapered)
2 – 1×3 @ 42″ (Top of Ends)
2 – 2 1/4″ Base Moulding @ 37 1/2″ (Trim for outside of panel)
2 – 2 1/4″ Base Moulding @ 40 1/2″ (Trim for inside of panel)
4 – 3/4″ MDF @ 15″ x 15″ (Scalloped Sides)
2 – 1×10 @ 75″ (Siderails)
2 – 1×2 @ 75″ (Cleats)
14 – 1×3 @ 39″ (Slats)
4 – 2 1/4″ Moulding @ 73″ (Siderail Trim)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

You can click any of the images for a larger view. Work on a clean level surface. Be careful as you are working with a nailer. Check for square and level after each step. When nailing into MDF, avoid fastening too close to the edges on the end grain side (practice on a piece of scrap MDF first). Use glue and be safe.

This bed is designed to be painted. You can create a stainable bed by using A1 plywood for the panels and joining two 3 – 1×6 @ 30″ together, then cutting the panel in half to get two panels, approximately 15″ x 16 1/2″ (use a Kreg Jig™ to join the panels). Then cut your scalloped shape from these panels. Do not attempt to iron on edge banding to the scalloped edges and use plywood, you will not be able to get your iron in the scalloped parts. You will also need to purchase wood moulding instead of primed MDF moulding.


Step 1

Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to fasten the 1×2 leg pieces to the end panel. Keep side edges flush, and top edge. Taper the legs as shown above. Just a tiny taper will show up, remember, the side legs will also be tapered. Taper with your jigsaw.

Step 2

Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to fasten the bottom panel trim in place. Keep bottom edges flush.

Step 3

Use glue and 2″ nails to fasten the side legs to the panel and the end legs. Fasten all the way down the end leg.

Step 4

Attach the tops with 2″ nails and glue. Keep edges flush with the side legs.

Step 5

Step 6

Use the points given above to guide drawn the arched shapes. Cut out with a jigsaw. Once you have one side done, use it as a pattern for the remaining sides.

Step 7

Drill pocket holes in the scalloped sides and attach to the siderails as shown above. Then use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach the cleats to the siderails.

Step 8

Assemble your bed as shown above. Then lay your slats on top of the siderails and screw down with 1 1/4″ screws.

Step 9

Measure and cut your siderail trim to fit the siderails. Glue and nail with 1 1/4″ to the siderails.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Drill holes in the tops of the ends and screw your finials in with glue. You can easily disassemble the bed and reassembly by unscrewing at the side leg/siderail and scalloped edge joint (from step 8). Fill all nail holes with wood filler. Sand starting with a coarse sandpaper and working your way to fine. Prime. Paint as desired and distress.


Lady Goats

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 10:25

I've been looking at this for days to try to come up with ways this could be modified to fit a trundle. I know I can add height, but I need to make the width between the legs wider. I was trying to find a way to make the 1x3 legs 1x2s (which would require the mdf to be 1/2 or thinner - and I don't even think that would be enough room). ANY ideas?!

I don't want to just make it longer because there'd be a big gap between the mattress and the sides...
Please, anyone? ANY input?

Mona (not verified)

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 08:02


I really, really, really want to make this but was wondering if anyone has made this for a queen size bed. If so, what are the measurements for the queen?

This is super cute and would match my style to a t!

Thank you,


ellen (not verified)

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 14:37

This is really wonderful!

I think that we (mostly my hubby) might be able to modify this so that we can use a vintage (62 year old) crib that my sister, myself, her daughter, my son and her visiting grandchildren have used.

I want to save parts of the crib, notably the head and food boards for the graphics and for the family history.

Thank you for the wonderful idea!


Patsy (not verified)

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 21:01

I too, love this bed. I would like to try to make it for my grand-daughter. My husband said, "Are you trying to be a carpenter?" He doesn't think I can do it. My daughter and I are going to do it and show him :)

Question: how are the side rails attached? I didn't see instructions for pocket holes.

Thanks so much. I love your videos too. I'm so impressed!

shelli (not verified)

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 14:17

What is the approximate cost to build this bed?

Lori Feltner (not verified)

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 17:55

I've decided that I will be making two of your designs and I have a question pertaining to the Lydia Daybed.

This bed is designed to be painted. You can create a stainable bed by using A1 plywood for the panels and joining two 3 – 1×6 @ 30″ together, then cutting the panel in half to get two panels, approximately 15″ x 16 1/2″ (use a Kreg Jig™ to join the panels).

My question is in your above statement "two 3 - 1x6 @30"
I get the 30" and the 1x3, but what is the other part trying to tell me?
Also, I'm building this bed for a 'larger' member of my family, how can I beef it up without getting frustrated?


Sun, 03/24/2013 - 21:32

Perfect! This is exactly what I was looking for to make for my daughter! Thank you so much! You rock!!


Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:17

so, i went on home depots website so that i could kind of price out how much it would cost to make the bed. it wasn't too bad, until i came to the 11 1x3's. what length should they be (or is there a standard size and i just don't know because i'm new to the whole woodworking thing). also, there was a major price difference between using 1x3 poplar boards and using 1x3 furring strips. using 1x3 poplar boards added about $100 on to the cost. are furring strips what most people have used?


Thu, 06/13/2013 - 09:26

I would love to make this bed but I live where we use metric. I see someone has converted the measurements to metric. Please could you help me withthis? I love your site Ana. Thank you from Tosca in sunny South Africa

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