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.


winkblink (not verified)

Thu, 11/24/2011 - 08:00

This was what I was looking for! I am building a castle loft bed for my son and I would say it is a frankenstein of beds. We started with a 2x4 college loft bed and then added sides that look like a castle. We decided to remove the legs and add chains to suspend it from the wall but weren't sure how much chain to purchase.

The 50' of chain in your materials list is for hanging it from the ceiling?. What would the length be if we are attaching the chain to the wall instead? We are going to cut it at orange and want to be sure we do it right. I'm going with 3/8" chain, which is overkill but chose it cuz it looks cool for the castle theme but it could get spendy if I cut it wrong.

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 18:05

I love this bed but i am wondering if i can make it a bit bigger but i need the measurements and will it support the new measurements

Malissa Sanders

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 07:45

I have a 7 yr old girl and a 5 yr old boy who currently share a room. I have been redoing their room with different projects from this site. I was thinking about bunk beds but that turned into a huge fight over who was getting the top bunk! =) This is perfect because now they can both have a "top" bunk! Plus it goes with the original idea of redoing the room for separate spaces. We have a 100+ year old farm house, which I LOVE, but it does make it hard to do interior decorating. My kiddos room is 24' long and 12'3" wide, with a closet smack dab in the middle of the room on one side. I am thinking of removing the closet, it would free up a lot of space. I would like to have separate armories with a cubby system for both of them. Any ideas or suggestions are very much appreciated!

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 19:28

I love the idea of the suspended bed. At first I wanted one just for me, but seeing the ones you made against the wall I now want them for my kids too. I'm going with a beach house theme for the home I eventually get and I think these will work well. Can this be used with a full sized bed?

mintelume (not verified)

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 02:49

You gave me a great idea. I thought a lot to do something innovative and useful, to to gain more space in house, but I didn't come out with something useful. I will start immediately the changes. But first I have to throw out many unnecessary stuff for the trash removal Calgary agents to take it. With this new piece of furniture and with less things in the house I will have more space, exactly what I want. Thanks for the idea!

Twisted Vixen (not verified)

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:25

I've been wanting one of these for THEEEE longest! I'd always become intimidated before even ATTEMPTING to try it. This blog helped me PUSH myself to do it. Especially, when I saw how "easy" it would be (yeah right). Anywho, I just want to thank you for this post (your entire blog, really)...and let you know that you've helped make me and my daughter the happiest girls in Georgia! Today's her birthday and I wanted to re-decorate her room. It's 12:41 am..and I'm STILL not done...but I'm sleepy, so...Oh...you can view a photo of the finished bed at the link below. :-)



Vicki S (not verified)

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 19:18

Hi there! I love this plan and I plan on making it for my boy's new room in our new house. Can you tell me what the paint color is on the wall? The grey is perfect!

AmyFarrell (not verified)

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 03:57

Thank you for the inspiration! We can not mount to our plaster walls so I adapted the suspended look and added support and a ladder. My son has been away at camp all week. This surprise will be waiting upon his return! How do I post a picture?