Outdoor Daybed with Canopy

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 07/03/2019 - 19:45
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Create a backyard retreat by building your own outdoor daybed with canopy designed to fit a standard twin mattress.  This plan uses standard off the shelf lumber and basic tools to construct.  Check out the step by step diagrams and materials list below.

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Reader submitted photo by TAMTAMW

This plan has been updated.  If you need the original plans you can find them here.

outdoor daybed dimensions diagram with canopy
Fits Standard Twin Mattress


Shopping List

13 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long

2 - 2x6 @ 10 feet long

2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long

Use leftover 2x4s, 2x2s and 2x6s for the mattress slats @ 39" (cut to fit) 

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
Cut List

4 - 2x4 @ 80" - legs

6 - 2x4 @ 36-1/2" - ends

2 - 2x6 @ 36-1/2" - ends

2 - 2x6 @ 75" - front/back

9 - 2x4 @ 75" - front/back and cleats

4 - 2x2 @ 31-1/2" - back trim

Use leftover 2x4s, 2x2s and 2x6s for the mattress slats @ 39" (cut to fit) 

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander


Step 1


Build your side panels as shown above. Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on both ends of all horizontal boards shown.  Attach to the legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Build 2 side panels.

Pocket holes can be filled with plugs or exterior appropriate wood filler.

Step 2

Drill two pocket holes on each end of all the horizontal boards shown.  Drill three per end for 2x6 boards.

Attach to the legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.  Keep pocket holes on insides to keep hidden.

Step 3

Attach 2x2s to back side of daybed with 2-1/2" self tapping exterior screws, flush to back edge.

Step 4

Attach back slats to the 2x2 with 2-1/2" screws.

You can also attach from outside of leg with 2-1/2" screws.

Step 5

Complete the trim out of the back by adding 2x2s and 2x4 cap with the 2-1/2" screws.

Step 6

Attach 2x4 cleats inside the 2x6 bed aprons with 2-1/2" screws every 8" approximately.

Measure and cut the slats to fit.  Lay on the cleats and screw down with 2-1/2" screws.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Your project should already be finished. You can go back over with a paintable silicone or wood filler and fill any exposed holes, then lightly sand and add a touch up coat.
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Milca (not verified)

Fri, 04/15/2011 - 20:59

I just looove the look of this bed!  Its either going in my daughter`s bedroom or our sewing room/playroom :D


Sat, 06/25/2011 - 00:58

Just bought all the wood and had the guy at HD cut it all for me,too! All I have to do is put it together tomorrow! I am making some modifications because it is part of a "castle bed" I am building for my youngest. I am too excited to sleep, but I must so I can get up and BUILD!! I was telling everybody at the store to go to your website!! They all thought I was a little crazy with all my wood...lol!! P.S. My husband thinks I will give up in the middle of building it...hmmm...don't think so...I have too many mentors on this site to inspire me!!

Robyn (not verified)

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 13:09

I really want to build a day bed for my outdoor patio... how much did this cost you all to do??!

I'm inspired!


Mon, 09/03/2012 - 10:44

This is a great project!My best friend has built such a daybed and it looks great and it is very comfortable.I am thinking to build one too and I want to buy a sheet metal paper in order to accessorize it.


Sat, 04/06/2013 - 11:13


I stumbled across your site sometime last year and have LOVED reading about projects and builds. I am FINALLY ready to begin my first build; attempting this beautiful outdoor canopy daybed. I LOVE the canopy but my question is, could I somehow make it detachable to store for winter? I would love to utilize this on my patio and I am excited to get started.

P.S. I'm also from Alaska (I grew up in Anchorage, but moved to the lower 48 as an adult.)

Kindest Regards,


Sat, 07/06/2019 - 04:45

Hi Ana, The link for the original plans doesn't work. Is there another way to access the original plans? 

Thank you