YellaWood® Outdoor Building Project Plans

Build an Outdoor Daybed

Estimated Cost: $$$$

4

Total: 13 hours

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The daybed fits a twin mattress pad and it has built-in magazine and book racks on the sides. The design features notched legs and strong joints that make for a sturdy piece of furniture that will last.

You'll start with the construction of the legs, then move on to the platform and its decking. Then you'll finish the assembly by laying up the side, back, and top planks. Make sure to take proper safety precautions including always wearing gloves, goggles and a dust mask when you're cutting or sanding.

We strongly recommend that you download and print the highly detailed pdf instructions and also watch the video before you get started. Also be sure to read our info on safety, fasteners and building tips.

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  • (2) 4 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (6) 2 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (22) 1 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (200) 3" galvanized deck screws
  • (200) 1 ⅝" galvanized deck screws
  • Waterproof wood glue

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  • A. See plans for diagrams of cuts.
  • B. All measurements are approximate.
  • C. Cut stock in the sequence of steps because many dimensions are directly measured and will vary based on actual stock and construction.
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Miter saw
Miter saw
Table saw
Table saw
Dabo blade
Dabo blade
Miter gauge
Miter gauge
Driver
Driver
Drill bit
Drill bit
Measuring tape
Measuring tape
Mallet
Mallet
Clamp
Clamp
Carpenter framing square
Carpenter framing square
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
⅛" counter-sink drill bit
⅛" counter-sink drill bit
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Assembly video

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Instructions

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  1. 1

    The first step is to make the leg cutouts.
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    Be sure to download the pdf above and watch the video. They have highly detailed instructions that will walk you through every step.

  2. 2

    This can be a little complicated, but you can see a demonstration by watching the video above.

  3. 3

    The first cutouts are made to fit the 1x4 stock.

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  1. 4

    The final cutouts are made to fit a 2x4.

  2. 5

    Construct the main platform by cutting and assembling the frame.

  3. 6

    Once the frame assembly is completed, you can move on to attaching the legs.

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  1. 7

    Then you'll move on to installing the decking on the main platform.

  2. 8

    Now install the planks on the sides of the daybed. To ensure a square fit, first install the top planks for maximum leverage. Cut and attach the shelf bottom to the fourth plank before attaching.

  3. 9

    Now move to the back of the daybed. You’ll install the four planks top-down.

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  1. 10

    The final assembly step is to attach the tops of the sides and back. This completes the daybed construction.

  2. 11

    To finish the daybed project, first sand all joint faces flush then ease all edges with sandpaper and finish with spray-on or wipe-on weatherproof sealant of your choice.

  3. 12

    Complete the look of your daybed with a covered twin mattress and durable pillows. For full exposure, use exterior-grade textiles. For partial exposure, coat fabric with Scotch-Guard.