Small Space Solution: Double Duty DIY Daybeds

published Apr 2, 2017
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The daybed has fallen in and out of favor over the years. It may remind you of lavish palaces and paintings of nobility lounging about, waiting to be hand-fed grapes. However, the piece has made a resurgence in recent years, thanks in part to the popularity of small space living. This versatile piece can seat several people, hugs close to the wall to maximize square footage, and can even be used as a bed at night. DIY one of these multi-functional thrones, and we bet you’re going to feel a lot more royal.

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To construct her own window reading nook, Jess from Bright Green Door built a shelf between two IKEA built-ins, and then topped it with a comfy cushion. If you’d prefer to buy rather than DIY your daybed, check out our 14 favorites at a range of prices.

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The Merrythought managed to turn unassuming plywood from the hardware store into one of the coziest-looking reading nooks I’ve ever seen.

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For a daybed you can roll indoors, outdoors, or just out of the way, follow Pretty Prudent‘s tutorial for constructing a wheeled one out of wooden shipping pallets.

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By extending the wooden base about 15 inches beyond the length of the cushion, The Proper Blog built a daybed with a built-in side table for serving drinks and snacks.

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By using IKEA cabinets as a base for this lounging area, Marthebo not only makes building this daybed easy, but also increases the amount of storage space.

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The secret behind interior designer Minna Jones‘s long, Scandi-style daybed is SULTAN LADE bed slats from IKEA. She opted for just a thin cushion for a minimalist look, but you could also bulk yours up with a layer of comfy memory foam.

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When Elise, a creative director at Burke Decor, decided to give her outdated sunroom a makeover, she built this gigantic L-shaped daybed. The projector overhead makes this the coziest movie-watching spot in the house.