We’re giving you the full scoop on our DIY Daybed and tour of our guest bedroom! This beautiful Mid Century DIY Daybed is super easy to build. Find out how you can make one yourself with minimal tools and materials!
I’ve been wanting to fix up the guest room for forever. I actually used to use it as my craft room once upon a time before moving to the first Sugar & Cloth studio.
I cringe at what this room used to look like! And it’s basically just been the place where random things go to live until they find a real home.
I also felt really bad when my Dad was here for almost an entire month trying to help us renovate the new studio space and was sleeping in this room with just a blow up mattress. (Yikes!)
So clearly this Mid Century DIY Daybed and guest room tour was long past due! I really love the way it has turned out.
Finding a few key pieces (thanks to my All Modern addiction!) helped make the space much more interesting.
This room also leads to the back patio so a daybed DIY was perfect for making it feel like a universal space as opposed to walking straight through a bedroom.
And it’s still small enough to not overwhelm the room since it’s barely a 10ft wide space!
Materials and Tools Needed to Make a Mid Century DIY Daybed
Ikea Sultan twin size grey foundation and mattress — We used the Ikea Sultan Foundation in Grey Twin. The Ikea Espevar Slatted Mattress Base in Twin is also similar. Whichever foundation you use, just be sure that the bottom allows you to attach legs.
Drill and screws for mounting plates
Wood stain in Walnut — Or any color of your choice
Foam brush — For applying the wood stain
Ikea Hack | How to Make a Mid Century DIY Daybed
1 – First things first, you’ll want to stain the unfinished wooden legs in the walnut color first, and let them dry completely.
2 – While those are drying, screw the metal mounting plates to each of the four corner of the twin bed foundation. The foundation actually is made of a wooden bottom and grey fabric cover, so it makes it really simple to attach legs to.
3 — When the stain is dry, twist each leg into the mounting plate on all four corners, and flip it right side up, stacking the mattress on top.
Easy as that!
How can I make my day bed more comfortable?
Make your daybed more comfortable by adding cushions and prints.
A twin mattress fits a typical sized platform, which means it’s very deep so you’ll need lots of pillows to elevate the headboard or use an ottoman as discussed above if necessary!
Can you sit on a daybed like a couch?
Daybeds are as wide and deep, so when used as a sofa they can accommodate an extra person or two.
If you don’t want the hassle of building up stairs for your child’s room then this is definitely one way to go!
How can I make my bed feel like a couch?
If you need a sofa, but don’t have the room for one of those bulky contraptions that take up half your living space and still leave little floor left over then this solution may be perfect.
Arrange large pillows atop your mattress and lean them against any nearby wall to create an inviting backrest without disrupting easy accessibility in front or behind!
Guest Room Decor Sources
For the top sheet, I used a dark grey pinstripe jersey sheet set from Target, and a Ferm living geometric throw, dotted grey Euro shams and pillows, geometric Ferm living lumbar pillow, and Ferm living star round cushion from AllModern for the rest of the bed setting.
I also wanted to make sure getting ready was an easy task for guests.
I’m terrible at remembering to water house plants, especially ones tucked away in a spare room so I opted for air plants in these hanging vessels instead.
I know I mentioned it on Instagram already, but I’m still super obsessed with this crazy Flos lamp from AllModern! How freaking cool is this thing?
It’s also super bright which is perfect for letting guests avoid the funky overhead fan light.
Guest Room Sources
White Euro shams from Ikea
More Easy DIY’s to Try
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- Ikea Bar Cart DIY Stylish Ideas
- DIY Shibori Throw Pillow
- Office Design Makeover
- Master Bathroom Remodel Before + After
Mid Century DIY Daybed
- Drill and screws for mounting plates
- Foam brush for applying the wood stain
- 4 5 1/2″ Waddell table legs
- 4 sofa or table leg mounting plates
- 1 Ikea Sultan twin size grey foundation and mattress We used the Ikea Sultan Foundation in Grey Twin. The Ikea Espevar Slatted Mattress Base in Twin is also similar. Whichever foundation you use, just be sure that the bottom allows you to attach legs.
- Wood stain in Walnut or any color of your choice
- Stain the unfinished wooden legs, and let them dry completely.
- While the legs are drying, screw the metal mounting plates to each of the 4 corners of the twin bed foundation. Our bed's foundation consists of a wooden bottom and grey fabric cover, which made it easy to attach legs to.
- When the stain is dry, twist each leg into the mounting plate on all 4 corners. Flip it right side up, stacking the mattress on top.