DIY Daybed + Mattress for $130?

Yes, you can make a cheap daybed with a comfy air mattress for under $130.

Not only is it inexpensive – but it is easy to make, movable and versatile (since it can be used as both a bed and a sofa). The added bonuses are that it looks super cool and it has 4 storage compartments too. Check it out:

DIY Daybed
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They use a regular mattress in the photo. However, you can swap it out for an air mattress and essentially achieve the same thing – at a much lower price. (I also think that the platform could also make a nice big movable coffee table when not in use as a daybed. Talk about getting a lot of use out of a single piece of furniture!).

This is also a great alternative to an inflatable sofa bed if you want a piece of furniture with more structure and a firmer seating area. Inflatable couches tend to be a little softer because they don’t really have a “frame”.

Anyway, Lowe’s has a video explaining exactly how to make this DIY daybed below. It’s actually simpler than you may think – it’s made from 2 hollow core doors with wood board dividers in between. Basically, all this project involves is cutting, drilling, gluing and painting.

Detailed instructions on how to build a daybed

Tools Needed:

  • Drill with pilot and countersink bits
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter box and handsaw
  • Hammer
  • Framing square
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Nail set
  • Putty knife
  • Clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Tape measure
  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Painter’s tape

Materials Needed:

The Daybed Air Mattress

Intex Inflatable Air MattressThere are plenty of inexpensive air mattresses you can buy for this project.

I am a fan of Intex products, and their Deluxe Dura-Beam air bed has a sturdier interior construction, flocked top and sides and a straight-line design. These features make it look, feel and perform more like a regular mattress.

Maybe the best part is that it costs less than $20.

You may also decide to get a double-high/raised/elevated inflatable mattress, depending on how high you want your bed. Expect to pay $30-$40 more.

There’s More?

What’s cool is that this concept works in lots more ways…

  • If you prefer a rolling, movable bed or need a frame for an air mattress (or regular mattress), this works great and will save you some money.
  • Want to sleep outside in the summertime? This elevated air mattress frame is ideal.
  • How about a window seat? No need to hire someone to build it – just roll this over and lock the wheels in place.

And don’t forget the bonus storage area!