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Friday, September 18, 2015

Making a Daybed from Two Antique Headboards

For almost a year we have had just one lone chair and ottoman in our tiny sunroom. Interestingly enough the small tv we put in here became a big draw in this cozy space for Sweet Guy and his friends. We needed extra seating in the room for two to three more boys but space was a challenge. Enter in the idea for a daybed.

When I attended Round Top this past spring I spied two antique French twin headboards. They were in fantastic condition, featured extra large caning and lovely carving that had been gilded. When I asked for the price it was so inexpensive I had to clarify if the dealer meant it for BOTH headboards. He did. #startthecar

I knew I had found the ingredients for a one of a kind daybed.

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The construction of a daybed made from two twin headboards is simple enough. You just need two wooden side rails and metal brackets to attach the rails to the headboards.

You can find brackets, in various styles, in some hardware stores. I opted for galvanized steel brackets found on Amazon.

A piece of red oak was used for the side rails. Once it was lightly white washed the color and grain most closely matched the antique finish of the bed.

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I found the Dalmatian spot lumbar pillow HERE, the bolster pillow inserts came from a local designer supply store and the white covers from this Etsy shop.

The mattress cover is from Target but be forewarned I am finding that it is not wearing well.

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I’ll be ordering the red and white striped bolster covers for Christmas. Candy cane delight!

Custom Made Crosswise Striped Cotton Linen Cotton Canvas Round Bolster Covers

I had to tried to locate an antique flag for the space above the daybed like in our original inspiration photo. They were way beyond the budget.

I found artwork featuring a traditional British taxi and double decker bus at Ross for $29. I wondered if Sweet Guy would like it as much as a flag. He did!

Some cushy red Ralph Lauren feather pillows from Homegoods were added for a perfectly plump head and foot rest.

The daybed has now become a coveted cozy spot in our home. 

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I need to find a small table for the space next.


Linking to:

DIY Show Off, Between Naps On The Porch, Remodelaholic, Classy Clutter, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life,Not Just A HousewifeCommon Ground, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, The Blissful Bee, Posed Perfection,My Fabuless Life,The Style Sisters, Sew A Fine Seam, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,The Dedicated House


Kelley Dibble said...

Simply wonderful!

*hugs* to anyone in the Gunn Sunn Room!
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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This turned out so perfect. Love that painting too.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I agree with Marty, that turned out perfectly wonderful! I love the headboards. Two weeks from today I will be shopping in Round Top and I cannot wait!!!

Carrie said...

What a great place to have a short nap or read a book. Nice!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

That turned out beautiful Laura!!

Linda said...

That looks super cute! Love it.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great project, Laura! How wonderful that you found the twin headboards that really made this daybed. Love the artwork and the pillows you found, too.

Karena Albert said...

Amazing, simply amazing Laura. It looks so cozy and classic! The art and pillows add so much!

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Paintings of Central Park said...

great idea! I just love a day bed in a room!

Oliva Ohlson said...

The bed turned out so nice, and the bolsters makes it even more adorable!!! Thank you for the how-to on making this bed. We have an old rope bed (all part), and I wonder if I can do what you did by following your tips!

Bonnie said...

You did a wonderful job. I love your theme.

Vel Criste said...

Wonderful Laura! It looks like it was meant to be this way!!!! Love the pillows too!

Teresa Hardymon said...

I love what you have done with the daybed - absolutely lovely! You have great style.

The Charm of Home said...

What a great idea Laura! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Perfectly inspirational for me! I want a day bed for my home office!

Rita C. said...

Laura, great job on the daybed - it turned out great. And thanks for the source on the bolster covers - I've marked it in Etsy to go back to.

Nikki G said...

Those are some beautiful headboards you found! I am wanting a daybed for my deck and I think I am going to have to make one, so I was excited to find your post.
:) gwingal