Simple Daybed/Farmhouse-Bed-Hybrid

Submitted by uli on Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:05

I needed a bed for my guestroom and decided to build a mixture of the simple daybed and the farmhouse bed. The back and the front rail are attached with bed brackets for easy disassembling.

Estimated Cost
175 $
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used
Acrylic paint in antique white
Recommended Skill Level


Guest (not verified)

Tue, 06/21/2011 - 09:42

Dear Uli, I love the daybed you created and I'm planning to build my own next week for our guest bedroom, which doubles as my project room. Could you tell me what height you made the bed? It looks lower than the average headboard height, but higher than the average footboard height. I'd like to make mine close to your, which I think is just perfect.


In reply to by Guest (not verified)


Tue, 06/21/2011 - 13:30

Thx :-) I've made the panels 19,5" high, and the legs measure 31,5". On top of the panels I screwed and glued a timber, which is a little bit thicker than a 2x4. So the overall height is 33,5". If you like I could send you my sketchup file.

Uli :-)

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 06/21/2011 - 19:42

Thanks Uli,

Those dimensions will be a big help. I've constructed more than 30 pieces now, thanks to Ana, so it's no big deal for me to design my own plans and dimensions now. I'm hoping to complete this project before my sister comes out for a visit. Wish me luck!


Miss Martina (not verified)

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 23:58

Hi, Uli! Do you think you could please help me out by sharing your sketchup notes for the "Farmhouse-Daybed-Hybrid"? This would really help me to get a handle on building this project.
Thank you from Martina.
P.S.-Though we now live near Palm Springs, California, we lived in Sachsenhausen for nearly 2 years & office was in Wiesbaden. Though I prefer the climate here, I still miss Germany.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 21:00

Dear Uli,

I am brand spanking new here on Ana-white and I love, love, love your daybed. I would like to give it a go for my daughters. Is it possible to get your sketch up notes? This will be my first build and I am so nervous about trying something without having a plan in front of me. My email is [email protected]
Blessings, Robin

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 07:56

I would LOVE it if you could send me your sketchup file too. I want to build this for my guest room.

Helleni (not verified)

Wed, 08/31/2011 - 14:27

I would love to make this for my son's room. I am a beginner, can you provide the file for me to look at too?

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 12:39


I absolutely love this daybed and have been searching for such a bed, even to buy, but have found nothing. My husband is super handy and loves wood-working, so I think I am going to put him up to the task! :) Could you e-mail me your sketch-up file as well? My e-mail is [email protected].

Also, is there room to put a trundle underneath...this is a must-have for us. Do you happen to have any plans for a trundle? If not, hopefully my husband can come up with something for that!

Thanks so much for sharing your great idea and plans!

Siobhan (not verified)

Tue, 11/08/2011 - 17:56

Hi Uli,

Would you email me the plans for this bed please? It's perfect and exactly what I have been looking for!

Thanks so much,


Wed, 12/28/2011 - 20:50

Hi Siobhan, I was wondering if you could possibly send me the plans for this bed in a Word document or through email. I tried to access the plans you attached above but my computer wouldn't allow me to open it. Also, I saw where someone else asked if a trundle would work with this bed and if you had plans for that, if so I would love to see if we can try to tackle that project as well. My email address is [email protected]. Thank you so much! have inspired me!!!!

Cheri (not verified)

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 09:58

I LOVE this bed. Would you mind sending me your sketch up and plans as well? Thanks so much and have a blessed and happy new year!

Jenny Briggs (not verified)

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 06:12

Hi, your bed is beautiful, could you please send me your dimensions, I would like to attempt, making this but kinda do an L, with a twin, and then a toddler mattress, at the head, the smaller mattress, would be like the short side of the L! Very new to this, but I would like to give it a go!

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 02/04/2012 - 09:35


I love this so much and as others have is the exact height I think I would need. This is my first solo project (without help from the man in my life) and i would love all the help I can get. Could you send me your plans for the hybrid? email address is [email protected]

Thanks much,

RachaelA (not verified)

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 10:31

Do you have a mertials list you used to buy the wood, etc for this bed. We are wanting to build a similar bed and add a trundle drawer underneath. Any guidance you can provide would be great!


RachaelA (not verified)

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 10:54

We figured it out and added one more layer to the project. We are combining the simple daybed, farmhouse daybed and trundle. So far so good.

Kris Frye

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 20:15

That's exactly what I want to do. I cannot download Google SketchUp, (It requires Windows 7 or newer. I am still running XP.) so I cannot access the plans provided. Could you please share yours? I also need the bed to accommodate XL twin mattresses (upper and lower beds). I could make those adjustments to your plans if need be.

Judith (not verified)

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 01:39

Hi Uli, I just love your bed, I'm new to building your own furniture but since I saw your bed I wanted to build it so I'm doing it. So far I have made the laterals and the back panels and now I'm putting it all together. I have some questions and maybe you can help me... you used bed brackets for the back panel, how did you put these so that they won't be seen? did you put them in the top and bottom of the panel?

Thank you very much


kad050209 (not verified)

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 10:14

Hey! I love the way you used the farmhouse bed for this daybed. It's perfect for what I'm looking for. I wanted to make my daughter the farmhouse bed but, we always wanted a daybed at the same time. This is perfect. Do you have any plans you can share with me so I can start making this? Thanks! [email protected] is my email if needed

SerinaDee (not verified)

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:26

I absolutely LOVE this bed and it is exactly what I want. I know many people have asked for the sketches, sooooo if anyone has received them, could they please forward them on to me??? (of Uli, if you see this and you have them) I would greatly appreciate it. You should definitely post this as a plan post because I'm sure many others would love it!

my email is [email protected]

THanks so much in advance!!! :) :) :)

Jason Lebo (not verified)

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:58

Hi Uli,

Outstanding work. I am going t make this for my 2 year old son. Quick Question.

I am confused about how to attach the posts to the panels for the head board. I assume you drill in from the far left and right of the posts? Do you use wood putty to hide the holes later? Could you use pocket holes? Or would that not be as structurally sound. Any advise would be appreciated.

From the instructions:

Now attatch the 4x4 posts to the panels. Make sure you pre drill half way through the post and use the 4 1/2" screws. Line the top edges of the panel and the post, keeping everything square as shown. Screw into the panel where it is sandwich 3 boards thick. Put at least 6 screws in each post.

Renee Glaze (not verified)

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 20:37

Can you send me a copy of the plans for the daybed. Does it have a regular mattress or just covered foam. Thank you

Val Manchuk

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 10:27

This is a great idea for a spare bed in our home office. Under bed drawers would be a good place for oir storage, too.


Sun, 09/28/2014 - 06:43

I LOVE this. Could i please get a copy of your sketch/plan? I am very new to this, and I don't think I could recreate one myself just yet!