How to make an easy daybed

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How to make an easy daybed
Designing your own sofabed is an easy project that will change the look of your room and create additional space. (pillows - home interiors image by Gina Smith from

Daybeds bring cosy charm to any bedroom without taking up much space. They offer an inviting sitting area for relaxing or reading a book during the day while still providing a comfortable place for slumber at night. You don't have to spend extra money purchasing an actual daybed to achieve the look you want. Any twin or even full-size bed can be transformed into a chic daybed with a few small purchases and adjustments.

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Things you need

  • 2 Headboards
  • Duvet or comforter
  • 4 Queen or king pillows
  • 2 Pairs of pillow shams
  • Body pillow
  • Throw pillows
  • Stencil
  • Paint
  • Fabric
  • Select grade plywood
  • Batting
  • Staple gun
  • Nails or screws

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  1. 1

    Attach matching headboards at each end of the bed to create the look of a real sofabed. Turn the bed lengthwise and centre it along the wall. Push the bed as close to the wall as possible.

  2. 2

    Make up the bed as you normally would. Place the comforter on the bed and allow it to hang just below the bed rails. Fold the end of the comforter nearest to the wall under or tuck it between the wall and mattress if it is too long.

  3. 3

    Paint a headboard equal to the length of the bed on the wall using a stencil. You can also make your own upholstered headboard using plywood, batting, foam, fabric and a staple gun. This step will save you hundreds of dollars since a custom upholstered headboard can be very expensive.

  4. 4

    Measure the bed lengthwise and add 4 additional inches to determine the size needed for the plywood. Purchase plywood and enough yards of fabric and batting to cover the length of the plywood. Lay fabric, batting and foam on a flat surface with plywood on top, and stretch the fabric and batting over the foam and plywood. Staple the fabric and batting onto the plywood at 1-inch intervals.

  5. 5

    Create a faux window treatment and centre it on the wall behind the bed or make your own design with drapes placed above the bed on curtain rods. You can use the space below the curtains to place other decorations and pictures. Add an oversized painting or photo over the bed instead of a headboard.

  6. 6

    Cover four pillows with pillow shams. Use shams in two different colours or designs or match one set to the duvet. Place two of the pillows against the wall, and place the other two pillows in front of them.

  7. 7

    Add a body pillow in front of the pillows. Purchase a custom cover for the body pillow if it is not available in colours that match your decor. Place a few throw pillows in different sizes and colours and a single neck roll pillow in front of the pillows.

Tips and warnings

  • Hang a canopy over the bed to complete the look.
  • Pillows pose a potential suffocation hazard; supervise children at all times.

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