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Published on December 31st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Space Saving Pull Out Fjellse Daybed

Materials: Fjellse Full-size Bed Frame, Sutlan Florvag, wood screws, 4
lag bolts, wood glue

Description: The whole idea for this project stemmed from our need to turn our guest room into more than just a place that gets used by friends and family 2 weeks a year. Most of our visitors are couples, so we needed more than just a standard twin daybed, the width of the space was also just a bit too small to fit a queen size bed. Enter the idea of the pull out daybed.

We started with a Fjellse bed frame and took meticulous measurements and sketched out plans to have the bed pull apart to expand to a full size bed. Using almost every single piece of wood that came with the bed and a 2X6 piece of wood, we constructed the frame. The lag bolds and a few extra wood screws were the only additions.

The middle support was cannibalized to make laminated legs (attractive and sturdy) for the frame that was made out of the headboard, baseboard, and the rails that were cut in half. We narrowed the spacing of the rails that attached to the headboard,before eventually constructed a sliding bed base out of hardwood slats (DO NOT USE PINE OR THE BED BASES SOLD AT IKEA).

Once the bed was slats were attached to the appropriate sliding side, I took some old fence boards that we cut to size to make a flat headboard, and then upholstered it using batting, DIY fabric buttons, a linen-like material, and our handy dandy staple gun.

After that, we took a serrated bread knife to an ikea foam double mattress, cut it in half before putting its back in its outer covering, and fold it in half as need for a full bed, or a day bed!

The bed fits the space perfectly and is rather comfy too!

~ Lynn, Seattle, WA

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17 Responses to Space Saving Pull Out Fjellse Daybed

  1. Alison Kinnaird says:

    This is great! Three questions: How long approx did it take you to make the sliding platform (not including working on the mattress or headboard)? Do you have any issues with mildew since there is no airflow under the mattress when in the closed slat daybed position? Has anyone ever just bought a bifold foam full mattress for this project instead of cutting the ikea mattress (and if so do you have a source! Thx, Alison

  2. aj says:

    I’m just finding you.. I’m not clear how the slid out stays in place when extended. please clarify thanks

  3. judy chapman says:

    can I get the instructions for making this bed

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hello, I love this idea! My room is tiny and I was wondering if this could be used as a permanent bed?

  5. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea, simply love it.
    Where did you get the beautiful bed linen from?

  6. hi, what is the depth and width of the slats? did you screw each slat into the bedframe with wood screws or did you use liquid nails? i am planning to do the same with 2 twins to create a king size.

  7. pica says:

    Love it! And I have a Fjellse bed. Was thinking of doing a Lori but might do this instead. Yay!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen this kind of bed but usually it “grows” in width not in length (like the Hemnes day bed)!
    Great idea!
    Just one question, what kind of mattress did you use?

    • Lynn says:

      Used a sultan florvag… its the foam mattress that is just under 4″ tall. Since it folds on itself in the daybed form, it its a bit tall, so I wouldn’t used a thicker foam mattress.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for your answer. What did you do about the mattress “envelope”? Did you adapt it, sew a extra bit of fabric? Threw it away?
      I’m definitely trying this for my bureau/guest bedroom.

  9. Anonymous says:

    How well do the slats move in and out? Do they, or can they, get caught?

    • Lynn says:

      They don’t get caught anytime i pull it out. I did attach all the slats of the footboard piece to a small square piece of wood from underneath that keeps them together as they slide.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Do you still have all the measurements? We definitely need this bed!

    • Lynn says:

      Basically you want to put together the headboard and footboard to start.
      Cut the rails to 37 1/4″
      Mount the headboard rails 3/4″ inset (from each side) on the headboard stringer. I did forget to mention that I did use 3″ galvanized corner brackets to give that extra support.
      The new end piece of the headboard section will be 51″ (cut out of the new 2×6 you have to buy).
      All the rest if pretty easy.

  11. Robj98168 says:

    I so need to copy this for my studio/guest room. Thanks!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is genius. Amazing.

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