November 14, 2013


Our bedroom is rather roomy and our bed was just begging for some company at the foot of it.  I had been on the hunt for a great bench/day bed, and I had a few requirements:  1)  It had to be comfortable  2)  It had to be really functional  3)  It couldn’t be a gazillion dollars.  Here is some inspiration:

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West Elm

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Pottery Barn

If you follow me on Instagram, you likely saw this photo I posted a while back of a gross looking day bed I spotted at my local thrift store.  It was $25.  For real.  I quickly snatched it up, and started looking for fabric.

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I knew the fabric could be the zinger.  Boy, does quality fabric add up and you have to consider upholstery fees as well.  In order to keep it a bargain, I knew I had to find a great deal on fabric.

A few designers have posted about this fabric, so I ordered a swatch of the Dark Gray.  It went with the room really well.   I asked my upholsterer what he thought, and he said go for it.  $9.75/yard.  I ordered about $80 worth. Here she is getting stripped down and ready for her new outfit.

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She cost about $300 to upholster.  Total for the daybed was about $400.  Not too shabby when you consider the price tag on a similar style/option.

I sanded and stained the legs in Minwax Ebony.  It’s one of my favorite stains.  I love the way it all came together.

The best part is we already use it all. the. time.  It’s big enough that it’s much more than a bench.  It’s like a lounge area in our room.  We read stories to Ruby on it, cuddle and watch movies, and I like to sit on it to work.  It makes the room not feel quite so long, yet it’s just the right size for the space.

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I’m all for reupholstery when you find the right piece.  What do you think?  Would you have picked up this day bed if you passed it at the thrift store (or junk yard)?

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  1. Melanie

    November 15th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I honestly LOVE the way this turned out but if I’m being honest, I would have been too scared to embark on this project myself! It’s a good lesson in what can really be accomplished with a thrift find – particularly if you love the shape!
    I love the rug too. Very chic!

  2. Anna

    November 21st, 2013 at 10:35 am

    So in love with how your daybed turned out!! I got engaged a few months back & I’m looking for one for our future bedroom as well! It’s amazing how it pulled this room together – totally the ribbon on top! Where did you find your rug? I’ve been searching for a fur rug but it’s been a lot more difficult than I expected! Keep sending the inspiration our way – I really appreciate your blog more than you know!

  3. Jen

    November 21st, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Thanks Anna! You’re so kind. The rug is from Costco– can you believe it? Amazing price for the quality. I think they still have them. Good luck!


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  6. SJ

    August 12th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Does the upholsterer change out the padding? Or just the fabric?
    Looking at the prices on those others items you really did get a great deal. What a great addition to your room.

  7. Jen

    August 13th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Hello, the padding is original. Changing out padding can get pretty expensive so I always look for pieces with great condition padding or down that can be easily filled. Hope that is helpful! Thanks for reading!

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