Convert a Twin Bed Into a Daybed

What You'll Need
Tape measure
1x6 lumber
1 1/2 wood screws
Power drill
Circular or handsaw
Wood stain
Foam brushes
Clean rag

Converting a twin bed into a daybedcan be done in a number of ways depending largely upon the style and positioning of the twin bed you have. A daybed makes better use of a twin bed during the day, for it doubles as a couch. At night, it makes a perfect convertible bed for guests. Before carrying out the conversion, look at the features of the twin bed. Determine if it has what is necessary to install a back to it. or whether you will have to rely upon pillows and a backing wall. This how-to will help you convert a twin bed with both a headboard and footboard into a lovely daybed. 

Step 1 - Measure Distance Between Headboard and Footboard

With your tape measure, measure the exact distance from the outside edge of the headboard to the outside edge of the footboard and take note of it. 

Step 2 - Measure the Rise of the Boards

Measure the rise of the headboard and footboard above the mattress. Ideally, it is between 18 and 24 inches. If the footboard only rises to the level of the mattress, this plan will have to be modified. 

Step 3 - Cut the Backing Boards

Measure along the 1x6 lumber the same distance as the span between headboard and footboard and cut straightly with the saw. If you have the vertical space, cut 2 boards of the same length for extra back support. 

Step 4 -  Drill Pilot Holes

At the ends of the boards, drill 2 evenly spaced pilot holes for the eventual wood screws. On the edges of the headboard and footboard, measure and mark where the backing boards will be affixed. If the tops of the headboard and footboard are at the same height, measure down from the the top. Otherwise, measure up from the floor. Make sure the positioning of the backing boards is even at both ends. 

Step 5 - Mark the Position of the Backing Boards

On the edges of the headboard and footboard, mark a line directly above and below the end of each backing board to indicate its position. Drill 2 pilot holes per end into the headboard and footboard. 

Step 6 -  Sand and Stain the Backing Boards

Use the power sander to do most of the sanding work on the backing boards. Follow this up with finer grit sandpaper. Soften the edges and get out any rough spots and splinters. Stain the backing boards to match the finish on the headboard and footboard. Follow the stain’s directions for number of coats and application. Allow the boards to dry. 

Step 7 -  Install the Backing Boards

After they are dry, hold each board in position as you set 2 wood screws per end into it and secure it to the headboard and footboard. 

Once the backing boards are in place, decorate the daybed with pillows. Modifications that may be required include only using one backing board. This depends upon the height of the headboard and footboard. If you use 2, be sure you leave a small gap between them as a principle of design.