Storage Daybed

Can you build a box? What about three boxes? Then put some trim on the outside edges? Yes? Then you can build a storage bed like this one.
The Storage Daybed is actually made up of three benches, very different benches than the Queen-Sized. These benches are much more simple.
Thank you readers for the photos! Special thanks to Kara for sharing her amazing bed.


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Shopping List: 

3 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood
3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet
6 - 1x2 @ 8 feet
6 - 1x12 @ 8 feet (optional drawers)
6 sets of side mount drawer slides, 18″ long, designed to fit in a 3/4″ gap (optional drawers)

120 grit sandpaper
measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Begin by cutting all your boards. Check the diagrams for exact measurements on the trim pieces that need to be mitered out on the corners at 45 degree angles. Use 2″ nails unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. If you expect your bed to take heavy abuse (for example, used daily in a children’s room) you may wish to use screws. Screws will prevent wiggling and make the bed last longer, but are more difficult to build with.
For the trim pieces, you may wish to cut as you go to guarantee the most perfect fit.
If you are adding drawers, it is crucial that you build a perfectly square box for the drawers. Make certain that you cut the plywood square and that you check for square as you go. Your drawers will not slide properly if your drawers or the drawer box is not square. Learn how to check for square in the HOW-TO section.

Fits a standard twin bed mattress.
Cut List: 

Pieces to Frame 3Benches
A) 6 – 3/4″ Plywood cut at 16″ X 39″ (Sides of Benches)
B) 3 – 3/4″ Plywood cut at 23 1/2″ X 39″ (Bottoms of Benches)
C) 3 – 3/4″ Plywood cut at 23 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ (Center Cubby Dividers)
D) 3 – 3/4″ Plywood cut at 25 X 39″ (Top of the Benches)
Trim Pieces for all three Benches
E) 6 – 1×4 @ 25″ (Bottom Trim, Top 1 1/2″ upper corners mitered off at 45 degrees, see diagrams below)
F) 6 – 1×2 @ 25″ (Top Trim, Ends mitered off at 45 degrees, see diagrams)
G) 12 – 1×2 @ 14 3/4″ (Side Trim, ends mitered off at 45 degrees, see diagrams)
Trim Pieces for the 2 Outer Benches, Exposed Edges
H) 2 – 1×4 @ 40 1/2″ (Bottom Trim, top 1 1/2″ upper corners mitered off at 45 degrees, see diagrams)
I) 2 – 1×2 @ 40 1/2″ (Top Trim, ends mitered off at 45 degrees, see diagrams)
J) 4 – 1×2 @ 14 3/4 (Side Trim, ends mitered off at 45 degrees, see diagrams)
K) 2 – 1x2s @ 11 3/4″ (Middle trim for the outside end benches)
Optional Drawer Pieces
L) 6 – 3/4″ Plywood cut at 20 1/4″ x 18 1/4″ (Drawer Bottoms)
M) 6 – 1×12 @ 20 1/4″ (Backs of Drawers)
N) 12 – 1×12 @ 19″ Sides of Drawers
O) 6 – 1×12 @ 21 3/4″

Cutting Instructions: 
See more details for cutting diagrams at the bottom of the page in the additional photos. Special thanks to Jen!
Step 1: 

You will make 3 of the following benches:
Start by nailing through the sides, A, into the bottom B. Use the measurements above to guide you.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Then nail the center cubby divider, C, in place as shown above. Make sure you also nail from the bottom of the benches into the center cubby divider.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Nail the top of the bench, D, to the benches, as shown above. Make sure you nail into the center cubby divider, C, from step 3.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Cut trim piece E as shown above. Then nail to the bench on the top and ends, keeping all outside edges flush.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Cut piece F as shown above. Then nail to the top of the bench, as shown in the above diagram. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Cut pieces G as shown above and nail to the sides of the bench, keeping outside edges flush. Make sure you use 2″ nails to nail from the outside edges of G into the ends of the top and bottom trim pieces.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Line the three benches up and on the outsides of the outer two benches, add the following trim pieces:
Cut H and I as shown above. Then nail in place, keeping outside edges flush. Use 1 1/4″ nails.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Cut J and K as shown above and nail in place. Use 1 1/4″ nails.

Step 9 Instructions: 

Drawer Assembly
If your bench openings are not perfectly square, your drawers will not slide right.
Assemble the drawer by nailing the back of the drawer, M, to the bottom of the drawer, L, as shown above. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 10 Instructions: 

Add the drawer sides, N, as shown above.

Step 11: 

My “trick” to getting the perfect drawer front is to mount the drawer box into the slides in the benches without the face. Then, with the faceless drawer pushed in, center the drawer face on the opening (and not the actual drawer). When you are happy with the gap around the drawer, nail the face to the sides and bottom of the drawer.

Finish Used: 
Fill all holes with putty and sand and finish as desired.
Project Type: 
Estimated Cost: 
Skill Level: 


Thank you for sharing with the public! I, too, like to build stuff. My husband thought I was insane.... until I built him a corner entertainment center to go with his new flat screen TV! I really enjoyed making it. I have made other things too, like a tree house for my kids and other things. I feel that I get better with each project I do. Thank you again! God has truly blessed you!!!

Ana, I saw a few requests for a queen sized version of this bed and was wondering if you ever adjusted the plans for a queen mattress? I am trying to do the math, but am getting hung up. I was also wondering if you could leave the "ends" open to allow access to the. Sides, or if that would be too weak. I was thinking maybe putting a 1x4 vertically on the head and foot of the bed where the divider is and leaving the sides open. Any help in these ideas would be greatly appreciated. You're definitely better at adapting these plans than me!!!

Hi Ana,

I am new to your blog and just love it! I am interested in making this day bed sized a little smaller for a toddler mattress (52.2"x27.5"). I am super intimidated making the adjustments myself considering I have never built anything in my life. Do you happen to know what the dims are for a smaller bed?

First of all, this blog is amazing!! I am about to tackle my first project (storage daybed), but would really like to change dimensions of cubbies (and possibly have 4 cubbies??). The bins that I want to use in the bed measure 11 H x 12 1/8 W x 17 1/8 D, so I would want my spaces to be slightly larger than this. I am nervous to change the dimensions on my own! Would anyone be willing to help me with this?? Thanks!

Very good information THANKS !! :)
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Hello! Please forgive me if someone has already asked this question...if so I missed it. Two of my girls share a room and due to space constraints, their beds must be on different walls if they don't want a bunk bed. Both beds are in corners so they touch two walls. I understand that the divider in the cubbies is for stability but is there any way to modify the plans so that they are still structurally sound, but the full depth of each cubby is still useable? Because storage space is at such a premium, I am really trying to have as little wasted space as possible. Thanks!

I am a new to building, but have really enjoyed it SO fare. I want to make this bed for my daughters room, but have a few questions.
My Daughter is 5 and well not always easy on her things. I have my worries about this bed being made from 3 small peaces. I can just see her so how shifting one of them and getting stuck between it and the wall.
So I am looking for advice. Do you think it would be better to make it so that the top and bottom are make from on sheet of plywood with the dividers and supports running down the insides? Or would it be better to make the 3 smaller "benches" and then screw them all together?
Any help would be great!!

I had tried making my own plans for a twin xl bed. We wanted storage like this one has and we like the look. We plan to add a head board and she'd also like sides too to make it look more like a daybed or sofa (I also feel this will help hold the mattress in place). We plan to place the x frame desk we're hoping to build ourselves on the other side of the headboard. I'm having some trouble though with it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I want the head board to be secure while also being tall enough to hopefully hide the desk but low enough that she can turn on and off the lamps and have the light for them while on the bed. Not sure if I can upload my sketches or not here, that might help. But if you have any ideas I'd greatly appreciate it. If not I'm still going to try it and just hope for the best, but since I'm on a budget I really want to get it right the first time. Also can anyone say how much the original bed here costs for supplies? It would help me know how much my project may run me. First time trying to build anything, so which us luck please.
Love your site and ideas. So happy I found it!
Thank you
One thought on a bed like this without a lip on keep the mattress from sliding around. Would be to place the no slip under rug place holders (have no idea what they're really called)under the mattress. They're cheap and should work well enough.

Any chance anyone has shrunk this down to fit a crib mattress. This would be perfect to make a couch in my kids playhouse. Help!

As always, great and simple straightforward plan, I'm anxious to make this. I need tips on choosing plywood for this sort of project. I swear I'm at Home Depot many hours a week, and I've become a pretty experienced DIY'er, but I've never worked with plywood other than OSB on a garage project. What is the correct plywood to choose? Is there something its called, what is the rough price per sheet you're paying for this (to help narrow down which one)? I see a bunch of different grades, but the one that looked right wasnt even 3/4". Any tips or links, or exact wording that can help me find the right one.

Would anyone happen to have this for a twin size frame? I would love to do it as a platform type bed for my son. Thanks!

Hi Everyone!

Does anyone have the final measurements of this bed once built? I'd like to build two of these and arrange as a sectional on our screened in porch (we plan on adding backs so we have something to lean up against.). I'm hoping it's high enough that we can slide a table (eating height) in when we are dining outside, and then slide it out of the way when we use them as lounge furniture. Anyone do this yet? Suggestions are welcome!


This plan is for a twin day bed - posting doesn't state it, but it is obvious.

I will modify for twin XL which is 5" longer by adding 2" to pieces in the length direction.

Will post when I have it completed.

Thanks for the detailed plans