Build A Poolside Daybed
Making a storage box for pool maintenance equipment that can also be used as a daybed can take up to a week of planning, cutting, building and finishing.
But you can do it in a day withan Easy Screen Storage Box/Daybed plan from Protector Aluminium.
The unit is cut to size from 2m lengths of aluminium available off the shelf from Bunnings Warehouse.
To build the daybed you’ll need a cordless drill with a Phillips head drive bit to secure the wafer screws and a mitresaw to cut the aluminium.
The panel parts are made from powdercoated aluminium so it’s not only durable but low maintenance too.
The blades for all panels are equally spaced and held securely in position by the slots in the end rails that match the profile of the blades exactly.
Simply push the blades into the slots, ensuring they are fully seated in both rails then secure with two screws through the pre-drilled holes on either side.
The panels can be positioned so the screw heads face out or in, just ensure they are all facing in the same direction.
Build the box
The daybed is a 2040 x 1035mm box made up of a front, back and sides with a lid and floor, plus four horizontal ground posts to elevate the daybed by 50mm.
Assembling the panels of the box is as easy as slotting the blades into the end rails. The panels are held together with lengths of U channel side rails that fit over the end rails.
Secure the blades and U channels with 16mm x 10g wafer screws.
When the box is built, adding the floor is a simple matter of fitting the blades into a slotted end rail on either side and securing with screws, then laying it in the base of the box.
The lid has a framework of 50 x 50mm posts secured at the corners using slotted corner brackets.
Secured inside the framework are two end rails with the blades in between, just like the floor. The lid is attached to the box with hinges.