The easiest daybed or captains bed ever. So simple to make!
4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long (pine recommended because it is easier to work with and paint than fir) 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood 14-1/2" x 36" or 1x boards in equivalent amount 2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1x4 @ 6 feet long Additional 1x material or 3/4" plywood for slats 2-1/2" to 3" length self tapping wood screws 2" self tapping wood screws
4 - 2x4 @ 70-1/2" 6 - 2x4 @ 11-1/2" (for 11-1/4" drawer face) 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 14-1/2" x 36" or stacked 1x boards 2 - 1x12 @ 32-3/4" (if the bed is exposed on both sides, you will need two more drawer faces) 2 - 1x2 @ 72-1/2" 2 - 1x4 @ 33-1/2" 3/4" thick slats, 33-1/2" long, spaced about 4" apart (see mattress recommendations)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Use 2-1/2" to 3" length wood screws (try spax brand, no pre-drilling required) or pocket holes (set to 1-1/2" setting using 2-1/2" long pocket hole screws) to build two of the frames. It is important to build these frames square so the drawer faces fit inside. Make good square cuts and attach carefully.
Use 3/4" plywood or stacked 1x boards (I used 1x6s) to create the ends of the bed. Screw on with 2" screws and wood glue.
Use hinges to attach the drawer faces to the frames. I regret not putting my handles higher on the drawer face, as when opening the leverage is difficult with the handles in the middle.
Use 2" screws and wood glue to attach the top 1x2s to the top of the bed, overhanging 1/4" on outside edges. I recommend staining these boards first. Then screw the end 1x4 boards to the ends, overhang on the outside is 1/4" to match the 1x2. Again, stain this board first.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.