DIY Daybed with Storage: Ideas + Tutorials

You’ve seen pictures splashed across the pages of Pottery Barn catalogs—charming daybeds with storage drawers underneath. But the budget-conscious, craft-capable can easily create a DIY daybed with storage for themselves.

The daybed is one of our favorite versatile furniture pieces. As a chaise by day, bed by night; daybeds are perfect for entertaining out-of-town guests. And when your house hits capacity, a daybed with storage makes even the smallest space feel a whole lot roomier.

Here’s how to make a DIY daybed frame…with storage to boot!

DIY Daybed with Storage: How to Get Started

First things first: Gather your materials.

Typical Tools

If your tool shed is lacking some of the more heavy-duty items, borrow some from a friend or rent them from a home improvement store.

  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer or nail gun, and finishing nails
  • Wood screws
  • Pocket hole screws
  • Drawer slides
  • Sander
  • Knobs for drawers
  • Wood stain or paint of your choice (optional)

The Lumber

Stick with pine and plywood. They’re both affordable and durable. Remember sanding will help smooth any splinters or rough spots. Pro-Tip: Most home improvement stores will make the cuts for you; just have your measurements ready!

The Plans

Portable Pallet Daybed

Learn how to make a rolling DIY daybed

Most beds stay in one place, perhaps shifting on occasion to inject new life into a boring space. But they certainly don’t need to be stagnant structures.

Turn wooden shipping pallets into a daybed, simply by screwing casters to their underside. Pallet sizes will vary, depending on the mattress you want it to hold (a standard twin measures 39’ x 75’).

Storage surprise! The underbelly of the wooden pallet can store smaller items between the slats. Just make sure to sand it to avoid splintering.

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Built-In Table Daybed

hoow to make a diy daybed with storage

Bedtime accompaniments—like a good book or a glass of water—require a place to put them when they’re not in use. This DIY daybed is easy to build, features storage underneath and even has its own table space! Breakfast in bed just became easier.

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Spacious Storage Daybed

The main attraction of a daybed is usually not the storage—but it is with this spacious sleeper! You’ll need mostly 2x4s for the project, as well as some slabs of thick plywood.

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Toy Trunk Daybed

Not even walking on hot coals compares to the pain of stepping barefoot on your kids’ loose Legos. Build a toy chest daybed and put those evil blocks to bed too.

Bonus: Learn how to organize your child’s playroom.

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When you need more storage than what’s in your DIY daybed, move your clutter into a storage unit. Find a Self Storage location near you