Easiest Hanging Daybed

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 08/04/2010 - 17:56
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A hanging daybed big enough to fit a standard twin mattress. It has extra room on all sides to hold drinks, books, phones and maybe even a snack.

I've had these plans drawn up for quite a while now, and  just haven't posted them. Because I thought that they were too simple.

Imagine that, too simple.

I wondered how the hanging daybed would look.

photo by Ana White, Hanging Daybed designed and built by Jacob and Ana White

And then a major media company called and asked if I would build this bed and photograph it for them.  So I enlisted the hubs help and we started building it one evening.  It only took about an hour, without a miter saw (my beloved saw is at the lake, miss ya!) and as we were building it, these are some of the ideas that we had:

1.  Let's turn it into a picnic table top
2.  Let me just burn it.  We need to have a bonfire. (that was NOT me)
3.  Oh, Mom, you made me a deck for my swimming pool!  (again, NOT me)
4.  Don't put too many screws in it, then we can disassemble it and use the lumber for something else (maybe that was me).

You get the idea.  We weren't in love with it.

So I kept repeating to myself, never judge a project until it's finished. Even though I was looking at 17 scrap stud 2x4s put together with 100 screws in the most basic and simple way.  Talk about not a lot to work with.

So we threw it all together, threw Grandma's handmade quilt and threw Aunt Sherry's retro ruffled pillowcases on top, and I tell ya, I was ready to throw myself on too!

photo by Ana White, Hanging Daybed designed and built by Jacob and Ana White
We fell in love with the hanging daybed.
photo by Ana White, Hanging Daybed designed and built by Ana White

It looks good, but oh my, it feels amazing.  Even I, who is often the butt of duct tape and fishing jokes (as in the only way I will relax is if I'm duct taped to the boat) found myself enjoying a quiet swaying.  If you don't have a hanging daybed, do yourself a favor.  Buy 17 2x4s, 100 3" wood screws, 50' of chain or rope and 8 eye bolts and skip your workout and build this.  You won't regret it.  And here's how.

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Shopping List

17 – 2×4 studs (should be less than $2 each) 100 3″ wood screws 50′ of rope or chain with a load limit of at least 200 pounds (for an 800 pound capacity) 4 – Eyebolts (8 if you also need bolts for the ceiling mount too) Finishing Supplies as desired Drill with a countersink and drill bits to match the eye bolts and the screw heads Saw if you can’t get Blue or Orange to cut your boards for you.

Cut List

2 – 2x4s @ 82 3/4″ (Frame Sides) 6 – 2x4s @ 42 1/2″ (Frame Joist) 12 – 2×4 @ 84 3/4″ (Deck Boards)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Cut your frame sides at 82 3/4″ long. Mark the sides with a carpenter’s square every 14 3/4″ as shown above, leaving a 1 1/2″ gap between the marks for your studs. Then in those 1 1/2″ gaps, predrill two holes with a countersink bit. You can even start your screws. Then screw the studs to the frame sides with 3″ screws.

Step 2

pply glue to the top of the bed frame and lay the deck boards on the frame. Adjust so that the deck boards overhang 1″ on all sides as shown in the diagram above. Space the deck boards 1/2″ apart and screw down, 2 screws per deck board per joist.

Step 3

Drill a hole with the appropriate sized drill bit for the lag screws in the corners of the daybed. The pilot hole must be drilled over the bed frame. Apply glue to the pilot hole and screw the lag screw into the bed, securing tightly. TIP: Avoid over tightening and stripping the wood and creating a weak joint.

Step 4

See finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill exposed screw holes with wood filler and let dry. Sand the entire daybed with coarse sandpaper. Refill holes as needed with wood filler and let dry. Sand with medium grit sandpaper, followed with fine sandpaper. Vacuum the daybed with a soft bristled brush to remove sanding residue. Follow the instructions on the exterior top coat to apply a protective finish to the daybed. Let dry completely.


audra (not verified)

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 06:14

Please help i am new to all this, how can i do a double bed frame for this?Just for the ground..Measurements please or suggestions!!! This is a great piece and so simple

Stacey Gray (not verified)

Wed, 12/22/2010 - 18:54

We just built this same bed today for my son (indoors, in a corner and bolted to 2 walls). Rather than using rope though we used chains-kind of fits his personality a little better. He was so excited about it and it was a little rough getting him to bed tonight, probably will be the same way tomorrow night. It only took a couple of hours, the plans were simple enough for me to understand (even though my husband did most of the work), and I love the rough kind of unfinished look for it. I will upload pictures of it tomorrow. We added a rail because my son is still a little young for a really high bed.
Some helpful tips? If you are using a chain, make sure that your carabiners (I think that they are called something else at the store, but it's basically a carabiner) fit over your eye lag screws before buying, ours just barely fit. We used our chop saw and were able to cut more than 1 board at a time which made the work go a lot faster. We mounted the framework with the chains before putting up the rest of the boards so that it was lighter. Oh, on the top portion rather than using 2x4s we used 1x4s, we were hoping that it would make the bed a little lighter, although I think that the 1x4s were a little more expensive. We just used the remaining wood to build a rail and tomorrow we will use the rest to make a ladder.
Thanks so much for all of your wonderful plans! We love it, and since my son's room is really small-it opens up a lot of extra floor space for playing.

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Thu, 12/30/2010 - 17:27

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