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Outdoor Pine Canopy Daybed

May 1, 2011 |
posted by evilmom
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Outdoor Pine Canopy Daybed
Outdoor Pine Canopy Daybed
Outdoor Pine Canopy Daybed
About This Project

This is my first venture into woodworking/carpentry. Since I did not want to shell out too much money for lumber, I used untreated pine (worst wood they say to use) for the daybed and used an exterior wood stain (with uv protection) to seal the wood. I also did not invest in power tools and used a hammer and wood saw to cut and nail everything together. As I cannot sew, I waterproofed the mattress by sandwiching it between two plastic mattress covers (dollar store) and duct taping the seams. It's not elegant but no one is going to see it. I used a cotton fitted twin sheet (old one) for the cover and found some outdoor pillows for $16 a pair ($8 per pillow and made with solarium fabric). Also as this is placed outside (deck), I'm looking into getting a mosquito net to use over the daybed instead of the bed tent I have on right now.

In hindsight, I should have used pressure treated wood for the posts and canopy beams to prevent bending/twisting (I had to re-do 2 posts). If I get 3 years of use for this furniture. I'm a happy camper. Ana, thank you so much for the plan. Kathy thanks for the advice on painting the lumber first.

You guys can do this!

Estimated Cost: 
$70 for the lumber, $ 40 for stain, sand paper, nails, wood glue, $4 for mattress cover, duct tape
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
untreated pine
Finish Used: 
Olympic exterior wood stain with UV protection (oil based).

Wow! This looks so cool. How

Wow! This looks so cool. How many kids can you pile on this bed?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-05-01 16:47
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3 teenagers and a mom

so far it looks pretty sturdy with 3 teens and a mom piled on the bed.

posted by evilmom | on Sun, 2011-05-01 21:28

Is the curtain attached to

Is the curtain attached to the canopy?

posted by stelle (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-05-01 16:51
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actually

i have to attach it :) the "bed tent" is weighted down by beads but i think if there's a strong gust of wind then it might just be blown away (have wrapped the end in one of the posts as a precaution).

posted by evilmom | on Sun, 2011-05-01 21:30
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how stunningly beautiful!

how stunningly beautiful!

posted by Ana White | on Sun, 2011-05-01 20:37
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thanks

Thank you so much Ana. You're my inspiration and more power to you and your members (and visitors)!

posted by evilmom | on Sun, 2011-05-01 21:31

any problems if you use nails

i read the original project plan and it says to use screws. you said you only used nails. is it holding up? also did you cut everything by hand (use wood saw)?

posted by deirdra (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-05-03 22:42
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Hi. No, no problems so far

Hi. No, no problems so far and the bed is quite sturdy. I had 4 adults sit there while my hubby's grillin' at the other end of the deck.

posted by evilmom | on Tue, 2011-06-21 19:31
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Need Clarification on Dimentions

Hi there,

I am looking at the plan and in the 'Cut List' section it says 6 – 1×3 @ 39. What does @ 39 mean? Does it mean that the length of the wood should be 39" (inches)?

Please advice.

Sorry, I am a beginner and don't know the trade terms yet.

Thanks for your help. Much appreciated

posted by ajayt888@gmail.com | on Sun, 2011-09-25 20:36

dimensions

39 - 39 inches :) sorry about that...

posted by evilnanay (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-09-26 12:49

Orlando, Florida Canopies

I love canopies and this one is both universal and unique. the use of pine wood is an outstandingly creative idea. Thanks for all the ideas and broad insight in regards to canopies.

posted by Orlando Canopies (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-21 10:12

Orlando, Florida Canopies

I love canopies and this one is both universal and unique. the use of pine wood is an outstandingly creative idea. Thanks for all the ideas and broad insight in regards to canopies.

posted by Orlando Canopies (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-21 10:15
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Thanks!

Wanted to give an update - the pine is holding up pretty well. We moved from NC to Florida and the daybed is still getting used a lot. Seal is still intact but I might add a coat or two before the heart of the hurricane season arrives.

posted by evilmom | on Mon, 2012-06-25 08:57

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