How to build a daybed with storage underneath

Written by joanne panico
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Comfy couch by day and warm bed by night, a daybed is a multifunctional and decorative addition to any room in the house. Add storage to keep clutter at bay and you have the perfect piece of furniture. With a little elbow grease and some creativity, you can build this daybed with storage underneath in a few hours, with time to spare to relax with a good book--on your new daybed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Unfinished wood cubes
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Wood board, 1 inch thick

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  1. 1

    Shop for unfinished wood cubes. You can get them from an arts and crafts store or unfinished furniture store. Purchase two units that measure 15 by 48 inches (three cubes make up each unit) and two units that measure 15 by 32 inches (two cubes per unit).

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of 1-inch thick wood that measures 48 inches by the length of your mattress (some hardware stores may even cut the wood for you). This will create the daybed's base.

  3. 3

    Use a paintable wood filler to fill in scratches, gaps and nail holes in the cubes. Lightly sand and apply two coats of paint. If you use white or off-white paint, apply two coats of paint primer first. Paint the daybed base in the same manner.

  4. 4

    Configure the wood cubes to create a rectangle so that the two larger sized units sit on either side of the daybed and the two smaller sized units sit in between. Place the daybed base on top of the cubes.

  5. 5

    Assemble a box spring, bed skirt and mattress on top of the base. Add a comforter and pillows in an array of colours. Get creative with pillow styles and sizes--use king sized pillows with decorative shams, square and round toss pillows and bolster style pillows. Put wicker baskets and other storage containers in each of the cubes to keep clutter at bay.

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