So you want to spend the summer like a Persian Princess sipping rose in the shade of an airy outdoor daybed? Cool, that sounds like a great plan. But before you bust out the ice bucket you may have to make this super easy DIY outdoor daybed, like I just did!
I actually wanted something like this amazing little cocoon (pictured below)....but at $8,000 it would cost more than my trusty pick-up, so I decided to make one.
First, I scavenged around the house and found everything I needed to put this little project together, and let me tell ya, I have been living the Persian Princess dream ever since.
I started with this simple iron day bed that I found in my guest room. If you aren't lucky enough to have one already, I recommend looking for one on Craigslist, I see similar ones quite often selling for $50-$100.
Then, in the garage I found two 10' lengths of 3/4" plastic pvc pipes. Amongst my fabric collection I found 4 abandoned 72" white Ikea curtain sheers.
I found a perfect spot on the deck and set up the day bed.
I removed the ugly brass decorative finales revealing these 1" holes.
Then I shoved the PVC pipes directly into the holes.
For the curtain sheers I folded them in half and sewed a single line of stitch about 2 inches from the fold line which created a channel. I inserted the front piece of PVC through the original curtain channel, and the back piece of PVC through the new channel that I just created. I did this for all 4 curtain sheers.
Then I wedged the ends of the PVC into the holes on the opposite side of the iron day bed. Creating an arch.
Voila! A shady retreat for some hardcore lounging. Now that's how you "bring the indoors out".
Complete the look with this outdoor rug by Mad Mats, made from 100% recycled plastic, available in 3 sizes, now at Vintage By Design!