DIY Hanging Bed

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DIY Hanging Bed
Imagine the gentle swing of a porch swing rocking you to sleep. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A hanging bed is an ideal way to save space in small areas. You can hang the bed with enough room under it for another bed, or even a desk area. Whatever pattern you choose, hanging beds are an easy way to get creative by using small spaces efficiently. And don't let the potential sway scare you off. Adjusting the angle of the chains or cables holding the bed to reduce the side-to-side sway.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 2 side pieces, 2-by-8-by-81 inches
  • 2 end pieces, 2-by-8-by-41 inches
  • Wood glue
  • Box of 2 1/2-inch pocket hole screws
  • 4 braces, 2-by-4-by-41 inches
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Plywood bottom, 32-by-40-by-75 inches
  • Box of 1/4-inch wood screws
  • 12 lag eye bolts, 3/8 inches by 4 1/2 inches
  • 4 lengths of 3/16-by-9-foot chain
  • 8 quick links, 5/16 inches
  • Drill with bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander with sandpaper
  • Sawhorses
  • Paint or stain

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Attach one end piece to one side piece at a right angle, with the end piece flush with the length of the side, using wood glue and five pocket hole screws. Attach the other side piece to the opposite end of the end piece at a right angle using wood glue and five more pocket hole screws. Attach the last end piece to the ends of both side pieces, with the sides flush to each end of the end piece, using wood glue and five pocket hole screws on each joint. Sand and then paint or stain the frame as desired.

  2. 2

    Attach the braces to each end piece with six pocket hole screws on the outer sides of the frame and three to each outer end. Line the braces up against the end pieces flush with the bottom edge of the side pieces.

  3. 3

    Measure 36.5 inches from the edge of one of the braces and make a mark. Measure 36.5 inches from the mark and make another mark. On the outside of the frame, measure from the edge of the frame 42.5 inches and make a mark, from that mark measure 36.5 inches and make another mark, repeat on the other side.

  4. 4

    Attach the last two braces with the marks you made on the inside of the frame, in the middle of the brace, using wood glue. On the outside of the frame, put one screw into each mark all the way around. Then, go to each mark and put a screw on both sides of the first screw, about 1 inch apart.

  5. 5

    Place the plywood bottom on the frame and attach to the braces using about four 1 1/4 inch screws in each brace.

  6. 6

    Measure 5 1/2 inches from the corner in both directions around the frame to make eight marks. Use the drill to make pilot holes for the lag bolts. Insert a screwdriver into the eye of the lag bolts to tighten. Use the drill to make holes in the ceiling for the lag bolts. Use the screwdriver through the eyes of the bolts to tighten.

  7. 7

    Attach a quick link to the lag bolts in the ceiling and one on each length of chain. Prop the bed to the desired height with sawhorses, and thread the end of the chain without the quick link through each bolt on a corner. Attach the end of the chain to the quick link. Then attach the link to the other quick link already in the ceiling. Repeat for each corner. Each chain will pass through two lag bolts before attaching to the ceiling to make a triangle at each corner.

Tips and warnings

  • Variations of this bed can be bolted to the wall on one side and held up with cable or rope on the other.
  • Install the lag bolts into joists in the ceiling, not just into Sheetrock.

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