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Day bed creates instant guest room

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: December 31, 2012

Anyone who's entertained overnight visitors knows how challenging sleeping arrangements can be. No one wants to sleep on the sofa or floor, but most homes just don't have the extra space for a guest bedroom. There is a simple do-it-yourself solution, however. This clever and convenient day bed project is like adding an instant guest room wherever you put it.

Built from three sheets of plywood and standard pine lumber (as pictured; other species will work), the traditional design features a trundle bed that rolls out of sight underneath the main unit.

During the day the project makes a comfortable and attractive sofa.

Once the sun goes down, simply roll out the trundle to create two extra beds.

Far more comfortable and affordable (not to mention attractive) than a traditional pullout sofa bed, the project is designed around standard twin-size mattresses. Simple construction and full-size patterns for the curves make it simple enough for most woodworkers.

The completed day bed measures 88 inches long by 44 inches deep by 34 inches tall.

The Day Bed plan, No. 810, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a complete shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

For more space-saving sleep solutions, a package of two futon sofa-bed plans, No. C86, is $16.95.

Include $4 per order (not per item) for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S. Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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