Outdoor Daybed with Canopy

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 07/03/2019 - 19:45
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Create a backyard retreat by building your own outdoor daybed with canopy designed to fit a standard twin mattress.  This plan uses standard off the shelf lumber and basic tools to construct.  Check out the step by step diagrams and materials list below.

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Reader submitted photo by TAMTAMW

This plan has been updated.  If you need the original plans you can find them here.

outdoor daybed dimensions diagram with canopy
Fits Standard Twin Mattress


Shopping List

13 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long

2 - 2x6 @ 10 feet long

2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long

Use leftover 2x4s, 2x2s and 2x6s for the mattress slats @ 39" (cut to fit) 

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
Cut List

4 - 2x4 @ 80" - legs

6 - 2x4 @ 36-1/2" - ends

2 - 2x6 @ 36-1/2" - ends

2 - 2x6 @ 75" - front/back

9 - 2x4 @ 75" - front/back and cleats

4 - 2x2 @ 31-1/2" - back trim

Use leftover 2x4s, 2x2s and 2x6s for the mattress slats @ 39" (cut to fit) 

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander


Step 1


Build your side panels as shown above. Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on both ends of all horizontal boards shown.  Attach to the legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Build 2 side panels.

Pocket holes can be filled with plugs or exterior appropriate wood filler.

Step 2

Drill two pocket holes on each end of all the horizontal boards shown.  Drill three per end for 2x6 boards.

Attach to the legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.  Keep pocket holes on insides to keep hidden.

Step 3

Attach 2x2s to back side of daybed with 2-1/2" self tapping exterior screws, flush to back edge.

Step 4

Attach back slats to the 2x2 with 2-1/2" screws.

You can also attach from outside of leg with 2-1/2" screws.

Step 5

Complete the trim out of the back by adding 2x2s and 2x4 cap with the 2-1/2" screws.

Step 6

Attach 2x4 cleats inside the 2x6 bed aprons with 2-1/2" screws every 8" approximately.

Measure and cut the slats to fit.  Lay on the cleats and screw down with 2-1/2" screws.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Your project should already be finished. You can go back over with a paintable silicone or wood filler and fill any exposed holes, then lightly sand and add a touch up coat.


ainhoa vega (not verified)

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 02:05

Love it!! I kept seeing the facebook picture and thinking, I hope Ana's posting plans for that sometime soon.

Marti (not verified)

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 04:32

This looks great! I thought it was going to have screen cloth around the ends and thought that would be a great idea too.

the mama monster (not verified)

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 12:21

ohhh thank you, thank you thank you! i have been wanting a day bed but even the target and walmart ones are $400-700. thank you sooooo much!

LouAnn (not verified)

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 15:32

I love this. I think I would use it as a daybed in our guest room - it's my fave of all the ones you've posted so far!

Kilobelle (not verified)

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 07:10

Yes, I've been waiting on this one. Building as I type can't wait to post pictures of this and my finished saw horse table. Thank you ANA :)

Ana White (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 11:31

Meredith, that's actually a fabulous idea. I would make the bench seat not so deep (it's 39" deep for the twin mattress) but it would work perfect for a bench with an arbor over it! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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