Lydia Queen Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 06/16/2010 - 21:09
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The Lydia bed in a queens size! This plan modifies the Lydia Daybed into a queen size. Recommended use with box spring.

Last week when Uli posted this photo on our Facebook Fan Page of a full size Lydia Daybed built from our plans available here, and said she was $80 into it, I had a serious case of the buildies.

Go ahead, click the photo, I promise, it's worth the click.  The moulding is fabulous and the finish is perfect.

And Uli also designed and built a matching nightstand (AND she's in the metric system)



How amazing is that?  I've gotta get plans for this one up!

But being that I had about 300 pounds of salmon to put up in close to 200 jars, there would be no garage time for Ana.  Unless of course I was fetching more jars.  When I lived in California, salmon was highly prized.  In Alaska, well, chicken is the choice dish.  No joke, a common dinner complaint is "salmon, again, ugh!" and I have to find creative ways to cook it.  Did I just write that?  Anyway, I'm much appreciative of all the delicious and unique recipes everyone submitted!  I am excited to try all of the recipes!

So to cure my case of the buildies for the Lydia Bed, I thought I would draw up plans for the queen sized bed.  The queen is a just a tiny bit different than the daybed, only in that the headboard is taller, and of course the dimensions are scaled for a queen.  Like this bed from Pottery Barn.

The bed above is shown with a box spring and a mattress.  I love this bed!  And for $80, what a brilliant steal Uli!

Here is the original daybed in a twin sized.  Plans are here. In fact, because plans are so similar, just follow the Lydia Daybed Plans and I will give you a new cut list and shopping list (because I really want to get back to the pressure cooker  :)  ).

Overall Dimensions and composition are shown above. For a paint grade bed, use MDF and pine boards. For a stain grade bed (rustic) use A1 plywood and pine boards. For a stain grade bed, hardwood, use A1 plywood in your choice of hardwood for both the headboard and footboard panels AND the siderails, and hardwood boards and moulding for the trim and legs.


Shopping List

4 – Pieces of 2 1/4″ moulding, 7′ Length like this one
4 – Pieces of 2 1/4″ moulding, 11′ Length (same as above, just longer)
2 – 1×10, 8′ Length (or cut your siderails from the plywood)
2 – Sheet of 3/4″ MDF or A1 Plywood
4 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ long
19 – 1×3 Boards, 8′ long
Wood Filler
Wood Glue
1 1/4″ Nails
2″ Nails
1 1/4″ Screws
Pocket Hole Screws for Kreg Jig ( 1 1/4″ length)
Finishing Supplies (paint, etc)

Cut List

1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 61 1/2″ x 27″ (Footboard Panel)
1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 61 1/2″ x 38″ (Headboard Panel)
2 – 1×2 @ 34 1/2″ (Footboard End Legs, ends tapered in step 1)
2 – 1×2 @ 45 1/2″ (Headboard End Legs, Tapered in step 1)
2 – 1×3 @ 58 1/2 (Bottom Panel Trim)
2 – 1×3 @ 34 1/2″ (Footboard Side Legs, ends tapered)
2 – 1×3 @ 45 1/2″ (Headboard Side Legs, ends tapered)
2 – 1×3 @ 63″ (Top of Panels)
2 – 2 1/4″ Base Moulding @ 58 1/2″ (Trim for outside of panel)
2 – 2 1/4″ Base Moulding @ 61 1/2″ (Trim for inside of panel)
4 – 3/4″ MDF @ 15″ x 15″ (Scalloped Sides)
2 – 1×10 @ 80″ (Siderails)
2 – 1×2 @ 80″ (Cleats)
14 – 1×3 @ 60″ (Slats)
4 – 2 1/4″ Moulding @ 78″ (Siderail Trim)

Cutting Instructions

Because you will need to purchase 2 sheets of plywood or MDF for this bed, you could have your siderails cut from the plywood, cutting 1 siderail from each sheet of plywood. Remember that the plywood needs to be strong, and I would hesitate to use MDF for the siderails (unless you are using a box spring).

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

Please reference the Lydia Daybed plans for additional diagrams and step by step building instruction.


Step 1


Carisa Knox (not verified)

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 02:20

Ihave been following your blog for a little while now and I have to say you are so incredibly talented. I love that you have done what I have always wanted to figure out how to do. Math is not my strong point but coming from a family of contractors it's in the blood to want to make everything vs buying expensive pieces. You make it so simple and enoyable.
This bed in particular is absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm thinking that we need it in our bedroom and our bed frame can move to the guestroom.
Is there any chance you would be willing to draw up plans for PB Classic Double Sink Console for the bathroom at some point in the furture? I would love to see what you come up with!
Again, great job on the bed. I can't wait to send you pictures of the projects I complete!

Galo Fab 5 (not verified)

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 07:05

I've been dying to make this bed for my little girl. Now to actually see it made just makes me want to even more! I'm in love!

Jana (not verified)

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 10:21

I'll trade you some chicken for some salmon :)

Gorgeous Bed....
My husband and I are making our first project Friday (tomorrow)..the farm table. I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight-I'm so excited. the table he wanted was from Costco -$1000 for a high table and 8 chairs. I'm going to spray our existing chairs black and the table black too.

Donna@Affordab… (not verified)

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 17:24

Thank you so much for the wonderful projects and instructions. You truly are inspirational! Please don't ever stop!!!

Kylee (not verified)

Fri, 06/18/2010 - 10:13

Ana - Love your blog! I grew up in Washington state, now I live in California. My friends are shocked when I tell them that I'm OVER salmon! I think I've had enough to last a lifetime!