How to Convert a Twin to a Daybed

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A daybed makes a beautiful and inviting addition to any room in the house. Whether it's in the home office, playroom, finished basement, porch or guest room, a daybed is a spot to kick back and relax and the perfect place for guests to spend the night. While there are many daybed styles on the market, another option is to use an existing bed to create a daybed. Here's a simple plan that will convert a twin to a daybed with the added feature of storage.

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Things you need

  • Twin mattress and box spring
  • Metal twin bed frame
  • Two bookcases
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint

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  1. 1

    Purchase two unfinished bookcases each measuring at least 36 inches wide and 36 inches high. Another option is to buy laminated bookcases and assemble them per the manufacturer's instructions.

  2. 2

    Prep the unfinished bookcases by filling holes and gaps with wood filler. Gently sand the entire surface of the bookcases. Use long strokes to apply two coats of paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before applying the second coat and before handling.

  3. 3

    Use screws and attach the bookcases, from the inside, to each end of the metal bed frame with the shelves facing outward. Add the twin box spring and mattress. Position the daybed up against the wall.

  4. 4

    Dress the bed with a daybed skirt and comforter. Select a twin bunkie style comforter for a tailored look. Place three twin sized pillows in decorative pillow shams up against the wall. Add other pillows with decorative interest, for example some square, round and rectangular pillows in different patterns and colour.

  5. 5

    Add books and knick-knacks to the bookcase shelves. Use wicker baskets or decorative boxes and tins to keep clutter at bay.

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