Daybed (without the Trundle Bed)

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Project by cpt_hammer posted 01-03-2008 12:52 AM 2526 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a daybed I made for our 4th Bedroom that was needed for my grandmother-n-law to use while she stayed with us after Thanksgiving. I found the plans on the Lowes website and pretty much followed it exactly minus the trundle bed and using different posts. It is made entirely from pine and I used two coats of primer and two coats of gloss paint sanding in between coats. The only thing I wish I had more time to work on the bed because it needed to be wood puttied and sanded a few more times before paint. But it did work great from my grandmother-n-law and I got several compliments from the wife, her family and neighbors. As a result, the honey do list was created. It might not be the high quality I wanted, but I’m sure it will last a long time and hopefully m daughter can use it once she gets big enough for it. Now all I have to do is finish the trundle bed.


I’ve had several requests for where I found the plans. Here is the link: Click Here

Also, I used a standard 4×4x 8’ posts that I cut in half. Then I bought caps and footers normally used for decking and just made sure they weren’t covered in the sealant normally used for treated lumber.

One last thing is that you might want to keep this bed in pieces until you put in it’s final location. It is very heavy just on the footboard and headboards.


The lag bolts used in the design of the bed didn’t hold very well. They are starting to work loose. Greg3G recommended that I might want to drill out the holes where the lag bolts are located and put hardwood dowels (like 1” dowels) in the holes and then reuse the lag bolts after drilling new holes. If you have any other suggestions please let me know.

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#1 posted 01-03-2008 01:51 AM

The compliments you got were well deserved. A very nice bed indeed.

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#2 posted 01-03-2008 01:52 AM

Very nice. The only drawback with pleasing the family is the honey do list will keep getting bigger.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 01-03-2008 03:15 AM

Looks like you are checking stuff off of that Honey-Do list. The bed came out looking good. My wife and I sat down last night and began putting this year’s list together. Good luck and ook forward to seeing some of the idea projects you have planned.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 01-03-2008 08:17 AM

An increased honey due list means more materials and tools! Nice work. Congratulations on some well deserved compliments!


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#5 posted 01-03-2008 11:20 AM

Good idea, nice work.

-- Jiri

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#6 posted 01-03-2008 04:20 PM

Great bed, we need two at my house, she already added that to this years list of todo’s. I’ll be looking for plans in the near future. Where did you get your mattress from?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#7 posted 06-25-2008 04:51 AM

I would recommend the hardwood dowels but not in the exact way that Greg3G suggested. What I did on one of the beds I just posted was drill the hole for the screws like normal then drill a perpendicular hole through the side of the screw hole. Once you put the dowel in the perpendicular hole your bolt will be going into the side of the hardwood dowel. Essentially you are pulling the whole dowel against the softer pine and it holds really well.

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-- Kyle Shipp,

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 02:19 PM

Have been looking at the Lowes plans for some time now in prep for a bed I am designing for a friend.
I like your modifications.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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#9 posted 05-18-2009 05:54 PM

Well if the connection is were I think it is kshipps approach is good except you use bolts and a nut is put in the perpendicular hole and then wood plugs or bed bolt covers.


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