Day / Trundle Bed

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Project by TheSandman posted 04-19-2009 05:59 AM 2143 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I are expecting many things. One of them is a baby :-D Another is house guests. Since the baby will be taking the “guest” room, the third bedroom which we called an “Office” gets to be remade into a room that will host guests, an office desk, and a library. To allow our guests to sleep on something other than the floor we decided we needed a day / trundle bed for that room.

So I said to myself. . . Self! – How hard could it be to build one of those things??? There are times in life when ignorance is such a wonderful thing. :-) While I didn’t find the actual cutting, routing, fastening, and finishing as difficult as I had feared it would be, I did learn that it’s harder to design than to build, and it took much longer that I expected it too take. But I got it done prior to the baby’s arrival (5 weeks or so)!!!

I had only really done a picnic table and a couple of small boxes prior to this, so it was a huge leap for me. I would say that I lack experience, but I sure gained a lot while doing this project. If you see something that could have done differently let me know, I’m interested in learning more.

Thank you for your comments in advance.
-Peace, David

-- David, Portland Oregon

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#1 posted 04-19-2009 06:39 AM

Very cool design sandman. Nice work!

-- If at first you don't succeed it'll make some mighty fine kindling -- corncob --

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#2 posted 04-19-2009 07:38 AM

Sandman: Good job with this! I made a trundle bed but not a day bed design. It’s a lot harder than it looks and I had plans that I modified. When all is said and done, mine is meeting the need it was meant for. I had wanted to do a day bed/trundle but my wife thinks that at some point it may be moved away from the wall. Thanks for posting.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#3 posted 04-19-2009 03:08 PM

I think you did a very nice job on this piece, Good maching and finishing thru out. The only thing I would of done different is not used connector bolts to hold the arms on. Nothing wrong the way you did it but I would have built them into the ends.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-19-2009 05:40 PM

Very cool looking bed and a great idea.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 04-19-2009 06:44 PM

a nice looking bed . The bolts and screws are legitimate joinery but as you gain experience you’ll find other choices. Still a fine trundle bed

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 04-21-2009 01:15 AM

Thank you very much for your kind comments. I agree about the bolts and screws. I knew when building it that I would end up using fewer of them as I got better. But what a great position to be in! Looking at your own project and saying “I’ll do that differently next time”. I said that same kind of thing to my self when I was sanding every possible surface even though they won’t or can’t be seen. I knew I was being an overzealous beginner at the time and I enjoyed every minute of it! :-)
Thank you very much.

-- David, Portland Oregon

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 04:19 PM

”. . . and I enjoyed every minute of it! :-)”

After all—isn’t that kinda the whole point?

Well—maybe not the WHOLE point—you do want to end up with something functional and/or attractive
(BOTH of which you achieved here)
But hey—when it stops being fun—you might as well be working.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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#8 posted 05-23-2009 05:37 PM

Thanks for the comment. I agree – it IS the point.
Our son has arrived, so it may be a bit before I get back out in the shop. :-)
Happy, Happy, Happy!

-- David, Portland Oregon

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#9 posted 08-29-2010 08:47 PM

nice build great looking . how does the trundle work ? do you have a pic of the extended bed i want to build a day bed but the trundle might be over my head thank you

-- Richie, PA - " from rough cut to fine rustic furniture "

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#10 posted 08-30-2010 05:24 PM


The trundle was the easiest part by far. All it consists of is a piece of plywood layed over a ladder like frame of 2×4’s (layed flat). I put a piece of matching wood on the side of it (with pocket holes) so that it matched the rest of the bed. I put a set of these frame casters on the bottom (,51976&ap=1) to keep it as low to the ground as possible so the upper matteress wasn’t too high to get on. The top bed spread hangs over the trundle so I wasn’t concerned too much about seeing the trundle.

Thanks for the comment!

-- David, Portland Oregon

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