Create a Lounge-Worthy Daybed(page 1 of 2)

Enjoy every inch of your outdoor space with a custom built outdoor daybed.

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An outdoor daybed is a great place to curl up with a book and a glass of tea, or to take a nap. Whether you want to spread out in an open backyard space or tuck away in an empty corner on your deck, the outdoors can provide the perfect setting to gather your thoughts and chill in the breeze. In eight hours and with $325 we created the perfect outdoor spot for lounging.

What You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Dark walnut stain
  • 1/4" + 2" screws
  • Wood glue
  • 2x3 pine boards for bed frame
  • 1x4 pine boards
  • 1x6 mahogany decking boards (pre-finished)
  • Queen-size mattress
  • Waterproof mattress bag with zipper


  • Chop saw
  • Pencil
  • Speed square
  • Drill
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • Measuring tape

Get Started: Pick a Location, Measure and Cut

Got a corner of unused space on your deck or a nice sunny corner of the backyard? We built a daybed to accommodate a queen-sized mattress, but you can adapt the measurements of this project to correspond with mattresses of all sizes.

Save time and energy by having the wood pre-cut when you by buy it.

Cut List for the Frame

  • (2) 2x3" boards cut at 62" long
  • (3) 2x3" boards cut at 82" long
  • (16) 1x4" boards at 62" long
  • (2) 1x6" mahogany boards at 62"
  • (2) 1x6" mahogany boards at 83 1/4"
  • (7) 1x6" mahogany boards at 21"
  • (4) 1x6" mahogany boards at 31"
  • (2) 1x6" mahogany boards at 74"

Cut 2x3" boards. A standard queen size bed is 60" x 80". Allowing for an extra inch on all sides for bedding, the outside frame for this project is made up of 2x3" boards that are 62" and 82". A third 82" 2x3" board installed down the long center will add more support.

Cut sixteen 1x4" boards at 62" each, to create slatted support for the mattress, which will be installed 3" apart.

Cut 1x6" boards to form the frame and the sides of the bed. Cut two boards at 62" long, and two boards at 83 ¼" long for the sides.

Use extra pieces from the 2x3" boards to make legs for your daybed. Longer pieces can be cut for the middle, mitered on each side. The shorter pieces can be cut to form the legs for each corner, with one straight edge and one mitered cut. These do not have to be any exact length, so use what's left over.

Build the Frame

Lay out two 82" boards, and place two 62" boards, one on either edge, to form a rectangle, with the 62" boards on the outside. Screw 62" boards into 82" boards with two screws at each corner.

Drop third 82" board in the center of the rectangle and install with two screws on each end. This will add additional support down the middle of our day bed.

Attach legs to bottom of frame to raise daybed off the ground. Longer cuts with two diagonal angles support the middle of the frame.

Stain the legs. Once installed, we chose to stain our legs to blend in with the finished look of the mahogany.

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Attach 1x6" mahogany boards with screws to the outside of the 2x3" frame. Start with the 62" boards on the shorter sides, installing with two 1 1/4" screws on each corner. Then install 83 ¼" boards on the longer sides of the daybed frame.

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