Leisure Daybed

Build this historically inspired lounge to make a statement in your living room — and about your woodworking skill.

Taking inspiration from 19th century furniture designer and maker, Thomas Day, we’ve designed and built this daybed. Made from rich walnut, it calls forth some details that Day was known for. Those details are namely, the ogee curves in the back rail and ends, along with the details on the feet. And while these details may look challenging to create, a handful of templates are all you need for success.

A few other details to note on this bed are the gently curving legs and the thick, custom cushion that covers the bed. Some simple band saw work and chiseling shape the legs up. While the cushion is large, don’t let it intimidate you. By ordering the foam cut to size, the upholstery is pretty straight forward. All it takes is a little patience, a set of helping hands, a few yards of fabric, and some common tools. So, roll up your sleeves, grab a coffee, and head into the shop to get started on this daybed.

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What You Get:

  • 20 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • Over 35 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
  • Hardware sources and materials list

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