This step by step diy woodworking project is about outdoor daybed plans. The project features instructions for building a beautiful daybed with canopy that is ideal for your patio. This wooden daybed can be built by any person with average skills using common tools. Use a 34×74 mattress for this daybed. Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Outdoor Daybed Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 82″ long, 2 pieces – 11 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 40″ long, 2 pieces – 75″ long BED FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 75″ long, 17 pieces – 38 1/2″ long SLATS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 78″ long, 4 piece – 40″ long CANOPY
- E – 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 20 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 28″ long, 8 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 40″ long, 6 pieces – 75″ long SLATS
- F – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 40″ long, 1 piece – 75″ long TRIMS
- 10 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 23 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
How to build an outdoor daybed
The first step of the project is to build the bed frame from 1×6 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 75″ long components and secure them to the side slats using 1 1/4″ screws. Check if the corners are right-angled and align the edges with attention.
Next, you need to attach the 2×2 posts to the bed frame. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the side slats. and secure them to the posts with 1 1/4″ screws. Check if the corners are square before inserting the screws.
Build the canopy for the daybed from 2×2 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 40″ components and secure them to the perpendicular slats with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws.
Fit a 1×6 slat to the back of the daybed, as shown in the diagram. Use glue and 1 1/4″ screws to secure the slat to the bed frame.
Build the cleats for the bed frame from 2×2 slats. Fit the cleats to the bed frame, drill pilot holes and secure them to the bed frame using 2″ screws.
Build the support slats from 1×4 lumber. Cut the slats at the right dimensions and fit them to the cleats, as shown in the diagram. Place the slats equally-spaced and secure them to the cleats with 1 1/4″ screws.
Fit the side supports to the day bed, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and secure the supports into place with screws.
Fit the side slats to the vertical supports, as shown in the diagram. Place the slats equally-spaced, leaving 1 1/4″ screws between them. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the slats to the supports.
Fit the 1×2 supports to the back of the outdoor bed, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and secure them to the legs and to the frame using 2″ screws.
Attach the 1×4 slats to the back of the daybed. Place the slats equally-spaced and secure the slats to the supports using 1 1/4″ screws.
Attach 1×2 supports to the backrests, in order to add extra-support. Use 1 1/4″ finishing nails to lock the support into place.
If you want to enhance the look of the daybed, we recommend you attach 1×2 trims to the top of the sides and back slats. Use 1 1/2″ finishing nails to secure the trims into place.
In order to add rigidity to the daybed, we recommend you to install 2×2 legs under the daybed, as shown in the plans. Center the legs to the bottom of the bed frame. Drill pilot holes through the legs and secure them to the cleats with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches, as to be able to continue the process with the rest of the steps. Use translucent polyethylene film or polycarbonate sheets to cover the greenhouse.
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