After re-building the studio this winter I needed a simple seating area for customers and people visiting the studio. I had limited space length-wise and needed a sturdy furniture in a design that worked well with the overall aesthetics of the studio.
I wanted a functional, modern and minimalist daybed in the tradition of Scandinavian design, with emphasis on design and materials. After a bit of research, many measuring rounds and sketches later, I designed this daybed fitting perfectly in the back corner of the studio. To keep it as minimal as possible, I ended up with a monochrome tone in tone look with heather grey wool felt and matte steel legs.
This is a fairly easy and inexpensive project, that you safely can embark on yourself. It's a practical piece of furniture, seats a few people and fits into smaller areas. Perfect for extra seating space in the hallway or any part of your home where space is limited or you just need extra seatings. This daybed took me 5 hours to make and cost $147. The SWY studio daybed DIY can be hacked to make your daybed suit your needs, space and style perfectly.
This was not intended as a DIY so I unfortunately didn't take process photos to document the steps. After requests on how to build the SWY studio daybed, here are the instructions you need to build the daybed yourself. The measurements for the finished daybed is l: 150 cm, d: 40 cm, h: 42 cm (l: 59 inches, d: 15.7 inches, h: 16.5 inches).
SUPPLY LIST /
Foam min. 150 cm x 40 cm x 10 cm (59 x 15.7 x 3.9 inches). I used two pieces of 5cm foam to make a 10 cm high sitting base out of two 37kg foam pieces, bought here.
Batting min. 180 cm x 70 cm (70.8 x 27.5 inches). The batting I used was 100 grams, 140 cm x 200 cm (that I doubled), bought here.
Wool fabric min. 180 cm x 70 cm (70.8 x 27.5 inches). I used luxe wool felt in grey, bought here.
Cotton fabric in between the batting, min. 180 cm x 70 cm (70.8 x 27.5 inches).
Osb board min.150 cm x 40 cm x 1.5 cm (59 x 15.74 x 0.59 inches )
The osb board I used measured 1.5cm x 122 cm x 244 cm (0.59 x 43 x 96 inches), bought here. If you have excess osb board, see the tips section at the bottom.
Plank min. 125 cm (49 inches). The plank I used measured 3.8 cm x 5.7 cm x 180 cm (1.5 x 2.2 x 70.8 inches), bought here.
4 x steel legs 2.4 cm x 2.4 cm x 30 cm (0.94 x 0.94 x 11.8 inches), bought here.
TOOL LIST /
Wood saw, a sturdy scissor, stapler gun, loads of staples, wood screws, sandpaper, measuring tape, pencil, drill, old fabric or plastic to cover the floor where you work.
1. Measure and mark 150 cm x 40 cm (59 inches x 15.74 inches) on the osb board and saw it.
2. Use sandpaper to smoothen the edges.
3. Measure 130 cm (51.2 inches) on the plank and saw it.
4. Use the osb board to measure, mark and cut the foam piece with a sturdy pair of scissors.
5. Add min. 15 cm (5.9 inches) to all sides of the batting, fabric in between and wool fabric before you start cutting so you have enough fabric to staple when you upholster. Measure and mark all three pieces 180cm x 70 cm (70.8 x 27.5 inches).
6. Cut the fabrics.
7. Cover your the work area (your floor) with old sheets or plastic to keep a clean work surface and avoid getting dirt on your daybed.
1. First lay the old linen fabric on your working area. Lay the batting over and make sure both are aligned. Then lay the foam in center and place the osb board on top.
2. When all three are perfectly aligned in the middle, fold both fabrics over the osb board.
3. Pull the fabric and place your first staple in the center of the long side. Always staple min.3 cm (1 inch) from the edge. You will start with the long sides first and staple every other staple on alternate sides. See this sketch for the stapling pattern.
4. Keep the fabric tight at all times and work your way outwards.
5. When you have reached the end of the long sides, start with one staple at each side of the short sides and work your way outwards.
6. You now have four corners to staple and this can be tricky. Pull the fabric out and tuck it inwards. I suggest watching this video and jump to 1:11 to see how to best staple the corners.
7. Flip the whole daybed over and check if the top looks even. If not, pull out the staples that cause the lack of tension/ too much tension in the fabrics and re-staple.
8. Remove the daybed from the work area.
9. Place your wool fabric on the working area and make sure the fabric is clean and wrinkle free. Lay the daybed on top, placed in the middle.
10. Use the exact same stapling method as above, from step 3 to step 6.
11. Take the plank and drill it on in the middle of the osb board, four screws evenly spaced will do.
12. Measure and mark where the legs will be.
13. Place the legs over the marks and drill 2-4 screws for each legs.
14. Put on your favorite song and get your favorite beverage. Flip the day bed over and sit there for 5 minutes and enjoy your brand new day bed.
TIPS /Don't skimp on the foam. The quality of the foam will determine how comfortable and durable your daybed will be.
You can make this by yourself, but it's an advantage to have an extra set of hands when stapling.
You don't have to use a osb board, plywood will also do the trick.
Don't rush during the stapling process. Especially with the final wool fabric or with the corners. This is the final touch that determines the overall look and finish.
If you don't have old linen or something similar for the fabric in between, you can either skip the fabric completely or buy an inexpensive cotton fabric. I do recommend to use a fabric in between the batting and wool fabric, as it will make it so much easier to reupholster if you get permanent stains on your daybed or want to redesign your daybed with another fabric for the future.
Make use of the remaining osb. I had leftover osb board and used it to make the wall board below in the studio.