Dreaming of Repurposed Daybeds
After 5,000 miles of terrain, locust attacks, historical wind storms, and terrible roadside fires, I have missed you all and am back blogging! The road trip through Arizona, Albuquerque, Oklahoma, and St. Louis was intriguing, as I saw much of America that was unbeknown to my sheltered world in California. I look forward to sharing pictures as soon as I can find a card converter for my dSLR’s memory card. After the weather improves, I’ll be venturing out to Montreal and the Thousand Islands. In the interim, let us enjoy our regularly scheduled repurposing program!
Daybeds are such a fantastic furnishing option, as you can easily convert them from a couch to a luxurious lounger to a guest bed. I always have a daybed in my office, which serves as a guest bedroom when I have visitors. As my daybed options shall be limited in Hawaii and my wonderful mother-in-law is looking to add a daybed to her home, I have begun brainstorming how I can make my own. Here are a few of my favorite repurposed and DIY daybeds for your lounging pleasure.
Twin antique headboards are repurposed into a chic daybed. The addition of the upholstery sections in the inverted sections of the headboards give this daybed an extra touch of comfort. The best part? You can find DIY directions via Country Living.
This landscape artist repurposed an antique couch into an outdoor daybed. She took away all of the reupholstery and then utilized recycled wood to create a new bench seat. Then she added memory foam pads and pillows to create a chic outdoor daybed, as seen on Sunset. This is a great DIY project for those antique couches with beautiful bones but shabby upholstery.
An antique Victorian crib is beautifully repurposed into a wonderful settee via Country Living. While this may be too short for a proper daybed, it does open our minds to the possibilities of daybeds that live in many antique pieces.
Bitter Betty Blogs shared a DIY tutorial on how to make a mid-century modern daybed from the 1961 edition of the Mechanix Illustrated How- To-Do-It Encyclopedia.
Martha shows us how to take four bentwood chairs and repurpose them into a DIY daybed, along with instructions on how to make the mattress and bolsters.
If you can’t afford the price tag of this Nipi Doshi and Jonathan Leviens “princess and the pea” daybed, you could easily create your own version with layers of thin pads and a simple platform made of plywood and your choice of four legs .
Do you currently lounge on a daybed in your home?