On the few warm(ish) days we've had so far in Seattle this spring, I've taken to lounging outside on a cheap beach chaise. I love relaxing in the shade, staring up at our giant fir tree with the scent of freshly cut grass enveloping me. I would love it a million times more if I had a wonderful daybed like this, though. The best part? It's pretty easy to make.The twin-size daybed, created by DIY maven Ana White and featured at HGTV, really doesn't require much more than wood planks, rope and a mattress (you could also use camping foam). I'm not particularly skilled with power tools, but even I could handle this, especially since many hardware stores offer complimentary cuts with a lumber purchase (because summer is more fun with ten fingers!).
The only caveat is that you have to have somewhere to hang it, which I don't, so for now I'll just daydream on. But someday, my shady naps will be taken in style.