How to Convert a Wood Twin Bed to a Daybed Frame

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How to Convert a Wood Twin Bed to a Daybed Frame
Use one, two or three headboards to create a charming daybed. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you have a twin bed you are no longer using, consider turning it into a daybed. Use the daybed as a relaxing retreat where you can curl up with a book, or have a spare bed when a guest needs to sleep over. If you don't have a twin bed, no problem. Go on a hunt for something chic and cheap at resale shops and garage sales. Use three twin headboards to create a traditional daybed with a back and two sides; the sides should be made with matching headboards or footboards of the same size and style, and the centre headboard can be of any style you choose.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 3 headboards
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Woodscrews
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Paint or stain
  • Paint primer or stain sealant

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  1. 1

    Assess the condition of your headboards. If you are going to paint, stain or refinish the wood, do so now and allow each headboard to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of the mattress. Add 3 inches to the measurement to allow hand space for making up the bed. For example, if the mattress length is 72 inches, use 75 inches for the width of the daybed.

  3. 3

    Place the headboard against a wall where you can work freely. Measure the width of the headboard. Subtract the width from the mattress measurement. Divide the measurement in half. Use this measurement to determine the actual width you will need to accommodate the mattress and handspace for making up the bed. Mark off the required length you need on the baseboard with a piece of painter's tape to use as a measurement reference point.

  4. 4

    Set the two side headboards along the right and left sides of the wall, against the farthest edges of the painter's tape. Check to make sure that the headboard on the wall is centred. Measure the distance from the back edge of each side headboard to the edge of the centre headboard. You will use this measurement to determine the length you need to create connector boards to join the side headboards to the centre headboard.

  5. 5

    Cut a 2-by-4 or 2-by-6 piece of wood according to the measurement you will need. Examine the edges of the side headboards and the centre headboard to locate a spot that will accommodate drilling holes to attach the wood connector between the headboards. Use a marker to indicate where you will place the wood connector pieces on each headboard. Remove the mattress from your work area so it will not be sullied and you can move about freely.

  6. 6

    Drill wood screws into the centre headboard to attach the wood connect piece. Repeat the process to attach the connector to the side headboards. All three headboards should now be attached to form your new daybed frame.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also attach a slat to the wall if you are using one headboard and want some slack in space between the headboard and the wall.
  • If you have bed springs and want to hide them, create a rectangular frame with 1-by-6 pieces of wood, connected with L-shaped braces to surround the bedspring. Paint or stain the wood to coordinate with your decor
  • Consider creating a contemporary daybed in a chaise style by simply using two headboards and joining them in an L-shape.

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