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.

see photo


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.


Guest (not verified)

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 11:41

I want to make this for my toddler. But how do you locate the beams in the ceiling? And can you use this design for a platform/trundle bed? 

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 11:41

I want to make this for my toddler. But how do you locate the beams in the ceiling? And can you use this design for a platform/trundle bed? 

Skadi (not verified)

Sun, 04/10/2011 - 11:30


After reading your post as well as seeing the bunk beds from "the bumper" website I was inspired to create something similar to this. Now it is finished and I would love to share some picture, but am not sure how, without linking to all my pictures on picasa. 

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 04/17/2011 - 13:36

I downloaded both. Can't wait for my husband to go golfing. Not telling him or he'll want to help and i want to do it myself. I'm 74 and used to do woodworking years ago and can't wait to start again. Have to find my tools. These are so fun. Thank you!

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 20:05

I'm hoping these will be in my boys' room by next week:) I LOVE them and when I showed them the pictures of them today they were so excited! I wanted to make them bunk beds but I didn't know if I wanted to commit to them. We've had them in the past and I didn't like them for very long. These are a very fresh alternative. Thank you ANA for sharing your amazing gift and for inspiring so many women to pick up a power tool and not look back!

Nik (not verified)

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 14:38

liked this idea a lot but do not really know if that works for well fed adults - 200lb-250lb? the ouside corners are secured with eye bold and ropes attached tot he bed frame, how about the inner side. How to you attach it to the side wall and wall by the head? Please take into account that some houses are built with single brick wall t divide one residence to the other...

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Mon, 09/05/2011 - 11:03

I am so happy I found this site! Have wanted to have a hanging bed for so long and knew it couldn't be that hard to build... only thing is I had no idea how to start and haven't done woodwork since I was a young kid 20 years ago! My dad can figure out just about anything, so I know I have his help, but there is just something about being able to do it yourself that makes it so much better. I'm a struggling transplant patient unfortunately, homebound 95% of my day and waiting for a second transplant after six years of rejection. I definitely won't be doing it all myself but I'm already putting the shopping list together and scheduling my dads time :). We are renovating my new apartment, a loft style space that I got to redesign completely! Never having done design before, I am so excited to have found a new love and passion that helps to fill my endless days... most of all I want to create one of a kind interesting decor that keeps the place fun. (I actually entered the great room into that new HGTV show, HGTV'd, where they choose an ultimate fan to have a one of a kind ultimate, dream come true makeover... it's all I can think about lately even if it's the longest shot ever... but God it would be amazing to have my dream room to enjoy every day, while I am home on IV's) Anyway, I want to create amazing design like HGTV even if they don't come, but need to find a way to achieve it on a very small budget... love to recycle and reuse and this site is so awesome to inspire ideas of how to do that, to learn from, to be walked through step by step... I hope that between now and the new year I am able to come back and post the fun process of transformation. My goal is a place so cozy I don't want to leave, that I can settle into before my transplant call and know it is waiting for me to come back to to heal... and may they do things right this time so I can keep designing and find my way back to life when it's over! If anyone wants to check out our space, I'll add the link below :)... we had a wonderful amish family come and build the maple stairs for us on site, letting me design them myself as we started... I know I love them and am hoping others do to!

Thanks Ana for sharing your talent and inspiration... I am so happy to have found you and look forward to surfing your site and making use of some of your great ideas... this hanging bed for starters!


mountain mom (not verified)

Wed, 10/19/2011 - 07:50

definitely building the hanging bunk twin beds for my 2 girls this Fall! fabulously rustic chic! my husband is less than handy, so we're planning on having a co-worker who does woodwork build it for us. can you give me an estimate on how much the total supplies cost to build this, including wood for a ladder, so i may have a general idea on how much this project will cost us? wondering what a fair price would be to pay the gentleman building this for us? is this project too heavy to secure to an interior wall? our girls are 5yrs and 2 1/2 yrs old. thanks!