D.I.Y. outdoor day bed

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Project Overview

There’s no better place to get away from it all than your backyard. This outdoor daybed will help you to relax and unwind and also makes a great design feature. With just a few tool and materials, you can build one yourself and then use it to put your feet up when you’re done.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Have your timber pre-cut
2 Build one end of your daybed
3 Measure, mark and drill the first horizontal piece
4 Drill the first horizontal piece
5 Insert the other vertical timber pieces
6 Secure the horizontal timber
7 Secure the second horizontal timber
8 Secure the centre horizontal timber
9 Make the end square
10 Build the second end
11 Put the daybed together
12 Finish the daybed
  • Step 1. Have your timber pre-cut

    To make building your outdoor daybed even easier, work out the length and width you want it to be and have the timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings. In this instance, we’ve used 10 x 125mm x 75mm x 625mm cypress post for the vertical timber, 6 x 125mm x 75mm x 750mm cypress posts for the horizontal timber, and 4 x 90mm x 90mm x 2.4m Merbau posts.

  • Step 2. Build one end of your daybed

    Lay out the timber first to make it easier to understand how the end of your daybed will fit together. Also, work on the ground to make the assembly process easier. Start with two vertical cypress posts (125mm x 75mm x 625mm) and lay two horizontal cypress posts (125mm x 75mm x 750mm) onto them in a square shape, making sure they line up evenly.

  • Step 3. Measure, mark and drill the first horizontal piece

    Measure and mark the ends of the first piece of horizontal timber so that you can secure it to the vertical pieces. Use a cordless drill to make the holes and countersink these so that the screws are hidden. 

  • Step 4. Drill the first horizontal piece

    Drill one end of the first horizontal piece into place over the two vertical pieces. Then repeat this process for the other end until it’s firmly in place.

  • Step 5. Insert the other vertical timber pieces

    Lay the other three lengths of 625mm vertical timber beneath the fixed horizontal piece, between the other two. These will be the vertical posts at the end of your daybed. Use the 90mm spacers to ensure these verticals are evenly spaced apart. 

  • Step 6. Secure the horizontal timber

    With the spacers in place, make sure the first piece of horizontal timber is flush with the end of the vertical timber. Pre-drill holes into the 750mm horizontal piece over the ends of the 625mm verticals and then screw together to secure.

  • Step 7. Secure the second horizontal timber

    Using the 90mm spacers, position the second 750mm horizontal at the other end of the verticals, making sure its flush with each end. Mark and drill pilot holes into the horizontal piece over each vertical and counter sink them. Then use your drill to screw that horizontal securely in place.

  • Step 8. Secure the centre horizontal timber

    The central horizontal timber is the load bearer for the daybed. Use the spacer to make sure it’s the same height (90mm) as the slats of wood you will use to sit on. Pre-drill the holes and countersink them. Then use the drill and screws to attach your timber securely to each piece of vertical timber.

  • Step 9. Make the end square

    Use a square to make sure that the end is square. If it’s not, use a hammer to tap it into place. Pre-drill a hole. Countersink it and then use the drill to secure a second screw into each of the three pieces of horizontal timber.  

  • Step 10. Build the second end

    To build the second end, just follow steps 2–9. Make sure you use the spacers so that it’s identical to the first end that you have built. Use sandpaper to smooth both ends of the daybed.

  • Step 11. Put the daybed together

    You’ll need someone to help you with this step. Stand one of the ends up and slide the Merbau posts into the 90mm gap (between the top and second horizontal). Have someone stand the other end up and insert the opposite ends of the posts into that as well, until the daybed is complete. Make sure all the Merbau ends are flush with the stand ends.

  • Step 12. Finish the daybed

    You can paint or stain your daybed depending on the look you want. Add some cushions, find a good book or magazine and your daybed is ready to go.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Batten screw bit
  • Counter sinker
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Earmuffs
  • Ear plugs
  • Leather work gloves
  • Safety glasses with shields
  • Roofing square

Materials

  • 125mm x 75mm x 625mm cypress posts x 10
  • 125mm x 75mm x 750mm cypress posts x 6
  • 90mm x 90mm x 2.4m Merbau posts x 4
  • 90mm spacer off cuts x 4
  • 125mm timber batten screws
  • Paint or stain
  • Sandpaper
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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