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Made from doors and a few boards, this twin-size daybed is easy to make and provides lots of storage. You can build it in a weekend.
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Build this daybed in a weekend using basic tools and carpentry skills. Then paint and assemble the bed where it will be used.
Cut four 2 x 2 x 8 boards for the trim (B) to match the 80-inch length of the hollow-core doors (A). Sand the trim boards with 180-grit sandpaper and attach them to the long edges of two of the doors with glue and 8d finish nails (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). The trim should be flush with one face of the doors.
After cutting each part, sand it smooth with 180-grit sandpaper. It’s much easier to sand the parts on your work surface than it is after assembly.
Place one of the door and trim assemblies on a work surface with the offset pointing up. Cut two 1 x 8 boards to length for the ends (C) (Project Diagram, Cutting List). Position them flush with the back edge of the assembly, and mark the location of the notch (Project Diagram, Drawings 2 and 3). Mark the notch using a square and a pencil; then cut with a jigsaw.
Hollow-core doors consist of two thin skins of plywood separated by a cardboard honeycomb core. The perimeter consists of solid wood to attach locks and hinges. When securing a part to the door, drill pilot holes and drive screws through the solid wood edging for the strongest connection.
Flip the door panel over, glue and clamp the end flush with the back of the trim, and drive a screw to secure the parts (Project Diagram, Drawing 4). Repeat for the other end of the daybed.
After the ends are attached, flip the assembly back over and cut the back 1 x 8 (D) to length to fit between the ends. Apply glue to one edge and install the back next to the raised part of the trim (B). Secure with 2-1/2-inch screws through the door into the back.
Mark the location of the dividers (E) on the back and on the door, then cut the dividers to length to fit between the back and the front edging. Secure with glue; drive screws through the back and though the door into the dividers.
Place the bottom assembly on the top section while it is still upside down. You can add casters or furniture-style feet to the bottom of the daybed. For the casters, cut the caster blocks (F) to size from a 1 x 6 and glue them to the four corners of the door (Project Diagram, Drawing 5). Center the casters on the corner blocks and fasten them with screws and washers. The 1-1/4-inch-long screws eliminate the need to clamp the corner blocks to the door.
For the furniture feet, cut two 1 x 4 boards to 36-inches in length and drill a hole (Project Diagram, Drawing 8). Drill a hole that matches the diameter of the threaded stud at the top of the bun and glue the foot to the board, slipping the threaded stud into the hole. Drive screws through the board into the feet to make the attachment permanent. Secure the feet assemblies to each end of the daybed, placing them 2 inches from each end.
Fill any screw and nail holes and apply primer followed by two coats of paint following the manufacturer’s instructions. Paint the door used for the headboard, too. When the paint is dry, place the bottom assembly on the top assembly and drill pilot holes. Drive screws though the door into the ends, back, and dividers to join the bottom door panel to the top assembly (Project Diagram, Drawing 6).
By painting the top and bottom assemblies separately, it is easier and faster to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Attach the optional headboard to the wall using picture hangers (Project Diagram, Drawing 7). Anchor the wall portion of the hangers to studs or use hollow-wall anchors. Add bumpers to the bottom corners of the headboard and hang it. Move the daybed into position and add a twin-size mattress. If using the casters for the base, lock the wheels after positioning the daybed.