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A Fabulous Daybed for the Outdoors


DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed

With Summer basically knocking on the door, most of us are thinking about outdoor furniture for entertaining or relaxing. The DIY plans to build a Penn Outdoor Daybed fit that bill perfectly! The seat, back, and sides are slatted making it easy for water to run off and not collect. The daybed requires a 4″ seat cushion and a 2″ back cushion, with optional throw pillows. This is a super easy build that can be constructed out of cedar or treated wood for outdoor use, or any other species for indoor use.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (rated for outdoor use)
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws (rated for outdoor use)
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails (for outdoor use)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 12 – 1×3 at 6′
  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 5 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×4 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×4 at 38″ – Back Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 38″ – Front Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 25″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 24-11/16″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 24-5/16″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 24″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 23-11/16″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 2×2 at 23-5/16″ – Side Framing
  • 2 – 1×3 at 23″ – Side Aprons
  • 2 – 1×3 at 72″ – Front & Back Aprons
  • 6 – 2×2 at 72″ – Back Framing
  • 2 – 1×3 (ripped to 1-3/4″ wide) at 23″ – Slat Supports
  • 3 – 1×3 (ripped to 1-3/4″ wide) at 24″ – Seat Supports
  • 7 – 1×3 at 69″ – Seat Slats

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed

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Step One

Cut the 2×4 pieces to length for the back legs. Draw the legs onto the 2×4 pieces as shown in the drawing. Cut out the legs using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Back Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the front legs and the side framing. Each of the side framing pieces have a 5° angle cut in one edge. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces on the underside of each piece – this way the pocket holes will not have to be filled. Secure the framing pieces to the front and back legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the side apron. Secure the apron to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The front face of the apron pieces will be flush with the outside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Side Slats & Framing

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the front and back aprons. Drill pocket holes in each end. Position the aprons so they are located 1/4″ back from the front and back faces of the legs. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Front & Back Aprons

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the back framing. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the back framing pieces to the back legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Orient the pocket holes so they face down and will not have to be filled.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Back Slats

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the slat supports. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure each piece to the inside of the side aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The bottom edge of each piece will be flush with the bottom of the side aprons.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Slat Supports

Step Six

Cut the pieces for seat supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the supports to the front and back aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Seat Supports

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the seat slats. The seat slats are spaced approximately 7/8″ apart. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the slats into the supports.

DIY Plans to Build a Penn Outdoor Daybed_Seat Slats

Finish as desired.

The cushions are easy to make using outdoor fabric and outdoor foam. Previously, I wrote a post on how to make a basic box cushion that may be helpful. Otherwise, cushions measuring 72″ long x 24″ wide x 4″ deep for the seats and 72″ long x 20″ wide x 2″ deep can be used. Three separate cushions would also be a good choice. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Penn Outdoor Daybed? Leave a comment below!

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