Simple Daybed

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 12/22/2009 - 00:47
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This simple sturdy daybed can provide a solid sleeping space for your children or in your guest room. Featuring a classic slatted design, expect this bed to be very very sturdy, but also big and heavy.

Fits twin sized mattress


Shopping List

In addition to the supplies needed for the Simple Bed, you will also need: 

2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet or stud length 
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet 
2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet 
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet 
3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet 
 1 - 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length
Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

1 – 2×6 @ 74 1/2″ (Shown in blue above) 

3 – 1×6@ 74 1/2″ (Shown in purple above) 
26 – 1×3 @ 5 1/2″ (Shown in white, spacers between the slats) 
12 – 1×4 @ 20 1/2″ (Rails, shown in green above) 
1 – 2×4 @ 81 1/2″ (Top of Bed, shown in white above) 
1 – 2×2 @ 75 3/4″ (Cleat for mattress supports, shown in white above) 
1 – 2×6 @ 74 1/2″ 
1 – 2×2 @ 75 3/4″
Cutting Instructions

This cut list is in addition to the two footboards required by the simple bed (see step 1).

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

You will need to construct 2 footboards from the Simple Bed Plans. The only modifications you will need to make to the footboards is in the top piece, the 2×4 that finishes to top of the footboard. Cut this board at 42″ keep the front side flush with the front leg post. On the back side, keep the end edge of the 2×4 even with the end edge of the center panel of the footboard. This is shown above.
Review the plans for the Simple Bed here. You will first need to build (2) footboards, as directed in the plans for the Simple Bed.

Step 2

Next construct the back panel in the same manner as you constructed the center panel for the footboards. Take not of the differences shown above. Make sure you leave a 3 1/2″ overhang on either end of the 2×4 top piece.

Step 3

Construct the front rail piece, as shown above. You will need

1 – 2×6 @ 74 1/2″
1 – 2×2 @ 75 3/4″

Leave a 5/8″ overhang on either end of the 2×2. Keep bottom edges flush. Attach this piece to the footboards by first screwing through the 2×2 into the corner posts (make sure you predrill first. Then predrill and screw through the outside of the legs into the end edges of the 2×6.

The bottom edge of the side rail will sit 10 1/2″ up, or even with the bottom edge of the footboard center panel.

Step 4

Fasten with screws the back panel to the side panels. This is shown above. Use long screws and predrill before screwing.


Casey and Tami… (not verified)

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 18:30

I love this website and have spent way too much time looking over everything and trying to decide on my first project. What I am wondering though is if I could convert your simple daybed into a low loft bed by simply making legs longer and putting a guard rail on. Would it still be plenty sturdy if the legs were longer? I would like to have a low loft wiht a trundle underneath. My little one isn't quite ready for a high bunk bed.

Kevin (not verified)

Sat, 04/24/2010 - 05:37

Hi all,

I love the simple bed design, and the daybed from it. However, my daughter, almost a teen, wants a daybed, but the simple-bed-daybed design is a little "too" simple for a tween girl. I've seen some designs that have the back piece with a sort of rainbow curve to it, and the side rails curved as well. Does anyone have any plans (or ideas) on something like this? I'd like it to look a little more for a girl than the simple plan provides.


Amy (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 15:31

Do you think these plans would work for a full-sized bed, with a few adjustments? Or would it look strange?

Courtney (not verified)

Wed, 06/30/2010 - 07:21

I love the simple bed and I'd love to make it for my little girl! I know you've said in the past toddler plans were on the way, but I still haven't seem them. Did I miss them, or are they not up yet?


AmyLynn (not verified)

Sat, 09/18/2010 - 02:05

I think that a daybed with a trundle will go great in our guest bedroom. My house is a 1910 Victorian style, so I don't think the simple modern look will go. If I combined the 'reclaimed wood headboard' and this plan, do you think it would provide enough structure as long as I use new wood for the frame?

Lynn Burcher (not verified)

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 06:52

Hi Ana, and thanks for the plans.

I built a modified version of the daybed. I raised the back 10" (I'll try to add pictures later). I ended up spending under $130.00(US) on the materials. And $140 on tools ;) Funny how that works. My wife never understands that part...

One recommendation for anyone wanting to build the daybed (or other bed plans): make it disassembleable. To lift the fully-assembled daybed would take two large men and a good-sized boy. Plus it won't fit through doorways very well. I used 4" lag screws to assemble mine, and left some accessible at each corner (without gluing those joints).

Also, I was having trouble following the different dimensions and cut lists on the various evolutions of the plans, so I put together a single spreadsheet with materials lists and cut lists for each iteration (simple bed, simple bed with arches, daybed, and my modified daybed). If you would like to include the spreadsheet on your site, let me know and I will email it.

Thanks, again!


Sat, 01/10/2015 - 20:30

Hi there! Would you still happen to have your plans for the modified daybed that you did? I know it's a few years later, but I thought I would try and ask :)

ILuvsawdusting (not verified)

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 03:01

Please oh please post pics and cut list of your modifications I would love to see it.