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***The plans below are for the Twin Daybed.
The coordinating Trundle Bed Plans can be found HERE.***
- (6) 2 x 3 x 8 Ft. Boards
- (1) 1 x 6 x 8 Ft. Board
- (1) 1 x 4 x 8 Ft. Board
- (14) 1 x 3 x 8 Ft. Boards
- (2) 4 Ft. x 8 Ft. Sheets of 3/4-inch Plywood
- 2-inch Pocket Screws
- 1 1/4-inch Pocket Screws
- 1 1/4-inch Wood Screws
- 2-inch Pocket Screws
- 1 1/4-inch Brad Nails
- Wood Glue
- Optional: 3/4-inch Decorative Cove Molding
- 1-inch Brad Nails
- Tape Measure
- Carpenter’s Square
- Cordless Drill/Driver
- Circular Saw
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Brad Nailer or Hammer
- Safety Glasses
- Hearing Protection
- Dust Mask
- (4) 2×3 @ 34 1/2 inches (legs)
- (4) 2×3 @ 40 inches (side rails)
- (2) 3/4-inch plywood @ 40 inches x 26 1/2 inches (side panels)
- (2) 2×3 @ 77 inches (back rails)
- (1) 3/4-inch plywood @ 77 inches x 26 1/2 inches (back panel)
- (2) 1×4 @ 43 3/4 inches (side rails)
- (1) 1×3 @ 77 inches (back rail)
- (1) 1×6 @ 77 inches (front rail)
- (3) 1×3 @ 77 inches (mattress slat supports)
- (2) 1×3 @ 40 inches (mattress slat supports)
- (17) 1×3 @ 41 1/2 inches (mattress slats)
Notes: Do not use glue if you want to easily disassemble this bed. Also, trundle mattresses are typically thinner than standard twin mattresses, so you’ll want to measure the thickness of your mattress and build the trundle box accordingly. The trundle will need to be low enough to fit under the 10-inch clearance of the daybed, but still allow for space underneath for the rolling casters.
Step 1 – Taper the Legs
Measure, mark, and cut 2×3 legs to length. Using the Fig. 1 diagram, taper the legs as shown. You can use a circular saw, jigsaw, bandsaw, or table saw for this.
Step 2 – Build the Two Sides
Measure, mark, and cut 2×3 boards to length and cut 3/4-inch plywood to size. Drill 1 1/4-inch pocket holes into the ends of the 2×3 rails and drill 3/4-inch pocket holes around all four edges of the plywood. Construct the two sides as shown, using 2-inch pocket screws for the 2×3 rails and 1 1/4-inch pocket screws for the plywood.
Step 3 – Build the Carcass
Measure, mark, and cut 2×3 rails to length and 3/4-inch plywood to size. Drill 1 1/4-inch pocket holes into the ends of the 2×3 rails and attach to the legs with 2-inch pocket screws. Drill 3/4-inch pocket holes around all four edges of the plywood and attach to the legs and rails with 1 1/4-inch pocket screws and wood glue.
Step 4 – Add the Top Ledge
Measure, mark, and cut 1×4 and 1×3 boards to length. Attach to the daybed with 1 1/4-inch brad nails and wood glue. Optional: measure, mark, and cut decorative cove molding to length and attach underneath the 1×4 rails with 1-inch brad nails and wood glue.
Step 5 – Attach the Front Rail
Measure, mark, and cut 1×6 board to length. Drill 3/4-inch pocket holes into the ends and attach to the legs with 1 1/4-inch pocket screws and wood glue. There should be a 10-inch clearance under the bed.
Step 6 – Attach the Mattress Slat Supports
Measure, mark, and cut 1×3 boards to length. Pre-drill pilot holes and attach the 1×3 boards to the daybed with 1 1/4-inch pocket screws and wood glue. Find the midpoint of the bed and attach the middle support with 3/4-inch pocket holes and 1 1/4-inch pocket screws and wood glue. This mattress slat support system should be flush to the bottom of the front 1×6 rail.
Step 7 – Attach the Mattress Slats
Measure, mark, and cut 1×3 boards to length. Space slats approximately 2-4 inches apart and screw them down to the mattress supports with 1 1/4-inch wood screws. Be sure to pre-drill pilot holes to minimize the risk of the wood splitting.
Fill all holes with wood filler, sand, stain and/or paint, and finish as desired.