Storage Daybed

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 12/17/2009 - 23:53
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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.

Fits a standard twin bed mattress.


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)

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
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!

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
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.


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

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

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

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

Step 5

Step 6

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

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

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

Step 9

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

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.

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
Fill all holes with putty and sand and finish as desired.


Julie G. (not verified)

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 03:03

Ana!!! Thank you so much!! I am in TEARS with gratefullnes (not sure that's a word!)

I'll post pictures when I'm done!

Ana White (not verified)

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 10:38

Juile, thanks for giving me a reason to build these plans! I love these plans! As long as you cut square (and I know you scored a table saw, awesome!) and keep everything square, this project will be easy.

Ana White (not verified)

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 10:40

When you assemble the Pottery Barn Stratton Daybed, make sure you use 1 1/4" screws to screw the seperate benches together. Just remove the drawers (if you opted for drawers) and screw through the inside of the cubbies into the sides of the neighboring bench.

Bubba (not verified)

Sat, 12/19/2009 - 02:57

So, not to sound ungrateful, but how hard would it be to include a materials list and suggested cutting layout also. I guess I mean help us novices figure out the best way to make the most of our materials purchase. I am assuming you are using blender to create all of your plans, so you already have your "pieces" created. Laying them out "precut" to help us maximize our material would definitely be helpful to the wife and me. Oh, and love the site, we have already made the children's stools and plan on making the entire kitchen in the upcoming months.


Ana White (not verified)

Sat, 12/19/2009 - 08:51

Hi Jim,

Thank you for reading my blog! I am so happy that you have already had success with plans!

I totally agree with you about providing a materials list and cutting layout. However, these steps take additional time, and I would not be able to post as many plans as a result.

My hope is that readers like yourself will comment and request more information on popular plans, and then on those popular plans, I will go back and add more details and information. Because of the popularity of the Stratton Beds, I will work on a materials list and cutting layout.

After you build a few pieces, you will begin to develop a scrap pile. In general, cut your largest pieces first, and then smaller pieces from the scraps.

I also make every effort when determining my overall dimensions to conserve boards. That is why you will see consoles measuring 48" with a bottom shelf measuring 46" - then you only waste about an inch from a 8' board.

Thank you again for your comment. I am looking in to Blender - country girl me had never heard of it!

Chautona (not verified)

Sat, 01/09/2010 - 09:14

I have a question about cutting.

The cutting list says that the height of the pieces is 16.75" However, in the diagram, you have it listed as 16".

Before we cut, we wanted to make sure the measurement is 16.75" and maybe you just rounded off for the diagram?

Thanks for any help!

Chautona (not verified)

Sat, 01/09/2010 - 09:25

Oh! We just noticed that we can get it on 3 sheets of plywood instead of four if we cut them at 16" high making me wonder if you changed it for that reason?

Ana White (not verified)

Sat, 01/09/2010 - 10:50

Yes, you are correct. The correct height of the sides is 16".

The overall height of the bed is 16 3/4", minus the top 3/4" thick, so the sides is definitely 16". I will change this immediately. Thanks so much for catching this!

Be very careful about getting 3 pieces at 16" out of one sheet of plywood (48" width). Don't forget that the saw blade take up 1/4" (approximately).

What you can do if you want to conserve plywood is cut the sides at 15 3/4" high. Cut all the rest of your pieces as directed. When you build, there will be an extra 1/4" on the trim pieces in height. Leave this 1/4" on the top. This will create a 1/4" lip around the top of the bed . . . keeping your mattress in place! You seem plenty bright enough to be able to make the necessary adjustments. Good luck, hope I answered some questions.

Thanks again for catching that!

Chautona (not verified)

Sat, 01/09/2010 - 11:45

Well, the way I have it drawn up, I don't have all 16" pieces on one board. I have five and then one of the C pieces at the end and the other 16" (A?) on another board. I'll draw up a schematic of how we cut.

However, does this mean we shouldn't draw all the lines on the boards and then cut them? We should cut one, draw, cut another?

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