How to make a single daybed frame

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How to make a single daybed frame
Turn a wooden door into a daybed frame. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A regular, solid-wood front door makes a sturdy and unusual base for a platform, twin-sized daybed. Furniture legs may be gleaned from other pieces or bought at home shops. Once the daybed is put together, it's a useful addition to an office or box room and can turn those rooms into guest rooms when necessary.

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Things you need

  • Solid wood door, 95 cm by 1.9 m (38 by 76 inches)
  • Sandpaper
  • Putty
  • Paint or stain
  • 4 furniture legs, coffee table height
  • Drill
  • Twin mattress
  • Sheets and blankets

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  1. 1

    Find a solid wood, 95 cm by 2 m (38 by 80 inch) door. It doesn't matter if it is panelled or has any kind of design as the top won't show when the daybed is finished.

  2. 2

    Remove all the hardware from the door. Sand all the surfaces until very smooth. Fill the hinge holes with putty and sand again. Don't worry about the knob hole. Paint or stain the door as desired and allow to dry completely.

  3. 3

    Lay the door flat with the side you want to be the underside of the bed facing up. Use a drill to attach four furniture legs to this side of the door. Coffee-table height furniture legs are an appropriate height for a sofabed. They are available from home shops or could be taken from an unused coffee table. This is the bed frame.

  4. 4

    Turn the bed frame right side up, setting it on its legs. Set a twin mattress on the frame. The door will be about 7.5 cm (3 inches) longer than the mattress, and about 5 cm (2 inches) narrower. Set the daybed against a wall. Either cover just the mattress with a bedspread, tucking in the sides under the door, or cover the entire piece. Place pillows against the back of the daybed along the wall. Bolster style pillows work well, or repurpose sofa cushions for this project.

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