Storage Daybed

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Ana White storage daybed with baskets! Of all the projects I've done based on Ana's plans, this is my favorite. It was my first staining project EVER so I was terrified. I am so in love with how this turned out. The boxes were made using birch plywood and the trim was all pine. Lots of gorilla wood glue (I think it's the least drippy) and a mix of nails (using our new nail gun) and countersunk screws. I used screws for the plywood and nails for the trim. After sanding... and sanding... and sanding... :)

Finish is two coats of Minwax Red Mahogony stain (conditioned it first) and then three coats of Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane in semi-gloss. Did I mention how much I love this color????? I did my best to get all of the glue sanded out, but I did miss in a few spots (end of this cubby...) But I am still thrilled because you can hardly notice. I've used a miter saw before, but never MITERED corners like this and I am so proud of my self with how they came out! :) I used longer, narrow felt pads along the bottom of each bench (for on each).

On the bed is the Katy 5-Piece Daybed set from Amazon. I got the sweater-like throw on Baskets from World Market! :)

Birch Plywood for the boxes and Pine for the trim
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Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
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I did two very dark coats of Minwax Red Mahogany stain. Meaning, I glopped it on with a disposable staining pad pretty heavy and then let it sit on the wood for a full 15 minutes before wiping it off. :) I did this for both coats. For ME, prepping it with the wood conditioner first made all the difference in the world! It really evened out the wood grain variations and gave it a beautiful store-bought look. I did a test on some scrap without conditioner and the wood grain was too prominent for me (and a lot of people like that look). I love the more muted grain look.


This is gorgeous, you really outdid yourself on the finishing and mitered edges. It looks so chic and well-built! Love that color, too.

Just wanted to let you know that your pictures on the plan site inspired me to make this bed for my daughter. Love, love, love the stain! Your bed is just gorgeous! Thank you so, so much, for sharing the cut list diagrams that Ana included on the plan. Really couldn't have tackled this project without the cut list.

That is so cool to know to that my photos inspired you! Yay! Thank you! :)

Whew! It too me so long to draw up those cut plans that I knew I had to send them to Ana! I knew that if it took ME that long, I couldn't imagine HER fitting it into her crazy-busy life of writing new plans!! Very happy they are helping others!

Off to look at YOUR bed! :-D

Your link to the plans for this project does not seem to be working. I am very interested in getting the plans for this storage day bed with baskets. Could you please advise me?



It was still pointing to the development website.  Thanks for letting me know!  I'll update the rest of my brag posts - I'm sure it's affecting all of them.

I'm having a hard time finding the link to the plans for this.  The one I thought it should be did not open.  Could you provide a direct link address?  It's gorgeous and I think it's going to be the perfect bed for my guest room.

UM, this is AMAZING.

Totally gonna attempt this {wish me luck}. I have been DYING to put together the perfect sitting space in a smaller room in our home {aka toy room}.

this is PERFECT.

Thanks everyone for your comments! This is STILL our favorite, most comfortable bed in the house. I can't wait to get the TIME to replace both of my girls beds with homemade ones someday.