The daybed fits a twin mattress pad and it has built-in magazine and book racks on the sides. The design features notched legs and strong joints that make for a sturdy piece of furniture that will last.
You'll start with the construction of the legs, then move on to the platform and its decking. Then you'll finish the assembly by laying up the side, back, and top planks. Make sure to take proper safety precautions including always wearing gloves, goggles and a dust mask when you're cutting or sanding.
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The first step is to make the leg cutouts. This can be a little complicated, but you can see a demonstration by watching the video above. The first cutouts are made to fit the 1x4 stock. The final cutouts are made to fit a 2x4.
Construct the main platform by cutting and assembling the frame. Once the frame assembly is completed, you can move on to attaching the legs. Then you'll move on to installing the decking on the main platform.
Now install the planks on the sides of the daybed. To ensure a square fit, first install the top planks for maximum leverage. Cut and attach the shelf bottom to the fourth plank before attaching.
Now move to the back of the daybed. You’ll install the four planks top-down. The final assembly step is to attach the tops of the sides and back. This completes the daybed construction.
To finish the daybed project, first sand all joint faces flush then ease all edges with sandpaper and finish with spray-on or wipe-on weatherproof sealant of your choice. Complete the look of your daybed with a covered twin mattress and durable pillows. For full exposure, use exterior-grade textiles. For partial exposure, coat fabric with Scotch-Guard.