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15 DIY Hanging Beds You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Swing Hanging Wooden Bed

Hanging beds are back in style, and we can all admit that it’s hard not to love them. They’re comfortable, fun, and can easily turn any room into an exciting and unique living space. Also known as suspended or rope beds, hanging beds look specifically fitting in outdoor spaces such as porches or gardens.

Before we look into some ideas, it’s worth noting that we wouldn’t recommend taking on a project like this unless you have prior handyman experience. Hanging beds must be installed with care and attention to ensure safety while in use. Let’s look at these hanging bed ideas to try out this fall.

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The 15 DIY Hanging Beds

1. DIY Swinging Porch Daybed by Plank & Pillow

DIY porch swing bed
Image Credit: Plank & Pillow
Materials: Wood glue, screws, wood, finish nails, wood stain, and filler
Tools: Sandpaper, jig saw, and miter saw
Difficulty: Medium

Your porch is one of the best spots to hang a swinging bed. If you have an old daybed that you don’t have space for inside the house, you can use it outside the house instead. In addition, a swinging porch daybed makes for the perfect mid-day nap spot, so get your materials and tools ready.

If you don’t have a daybed, you can start by building the frame with three 1×8 pine pieces and two-inch finish nails. Then, use 1×3 clear pine pieces and wood glue to build four posts. Finally, add the rails, fill the holes with wood putty, and stain the wood. You may skip these steps if you already have a daybed.

Add eye screws to the daybed to run the rope through and use the same screws on the ceiling. Fish the rope through each eye screw on the ceiling and secure it to the daybed. Tie a knot underneath the daybed to finish up.

2. DIY Pallet Board Hanging Bed by The Merry Thought

DIY pallet swing bed
Image Credit: the Merry Thought
Materials: Screws, rope, lumber, pallets, and mattress
Tools: Drill and saw
Difficulty: Easy

If you’re not a fan of building the bed frame from scratch, you can opt for a pallet board. It takes the labor out of DIYing a hanging bed but has the same results. Plus, it helps you achieve a rustic look for your hanging bed to fit in if you have a country home.

Start by attaching two or three pallet boards to horizontal pieces of lumber to make a larger pallet board. Drill a hole in each corner that’s wide enough to pull the rope through.

Thread the rope through the holes, tie secure knots, and connect it to a hook in the ceiling or a tree. That’s how simple it is to make your pallet board hanging board.

3. DIY Floating Canopy Bed by Rancho Delicioso

DIY floating canopy
Image Credit: Rancho Delioso
Materials: Nails, screws, wood, links, rope, and joist hangers
Tools: Hole saw
Difficulty: Hard

Canopies are the perfect addition to complete a hanging bed’s soothing and vacation-like appearance. We can guarantee that your children will love a floating canopy bed, adding a wonderland aesthetic to their room and allowing them to swing on their favorite furniture in the house.

Making a floating bed isn’t much different from building a regular hanging bed. Gather your tools and start by building a frame. In this case, a circular frame will suit the ethereal and relaxing nature of a canopy bed, so you may need to invest in a round mattress. Of course, the unique part of this DIY project is in the canopy, so take your time finding the perfect canopy for this bed.

A sheer canopy will work best if you’re hoping to achieve a dainty and exquisite finish. On the other hand, a rope canopy will help you achieve a more rustic look. You could also opt for thicker materials for a pop of color.

4. DIY Baby Crib Hanging Bed by Wieg & Co

DIY bohemian baby hanging bassinet
Image Credit: Wieg & Co
Materials: Basket and nylon rope
Tools: None
Difficulty: Easy

Who said hanging beds were just for grown-ups and toddlers? Your newborn baby can enjoy their hanging crib too!

The best part about hanging cribs is that building them is a piece of cake. You only need a large basket and some nylon rope, with no tools.

5. DIY Hanging Bunk Beds by Next Luxury

DIY bunk bed ideas
Image Credit: NEXTLUXURY
Materials: Wood, links, and screws
Tools: Saw and drill
Difficulty: Hard

You can also surprise your kids with hanging bunk beds to upgrade their room. The procedure is similar to hanging twin beds, except the beds are hung above one another. To ensure the top bunk doesn’t fall on the bottom, you’ll need to screw the bed frames to the wall to create a floating effect.

Hang the first bed from the hooks on the ceiling and the second one from the top bunk’s base. This unique DIY doesn’t just make their room look fantastic but also saves a ton of space.

6. DIY Swinging Hammock Bed by Instructables

DIY hammock bed
Image Credit: Instructables
Materials: Steel tubing, climbing rope, lumber, bolts and nuts, linens, mattress, and screws
Tools: Welder, sandblaster, steel chop saw, and drill
Difficulty: Hard

A hammock bed may seem an obvious option in a list of hanging bed ideas, but they’re prevalent for a reason. It’s the perfect midday napping spot for anyone who likes to spend time surrounded by nature or lounge in their backyard with a good book.

There’s also a misconception that hammocks are easy to hang up, but this DIY project can be somewhat tricky. But if you’re up for the challenge, the result will be worth the effort.

7. DIY Rope Hanging Bed by Jenna Sue

DIY Rope Hanging Bed by Jenna Sue
Image Credit: Jenna Sue
Materials: Rope, lumber, triangle quick links, eye bolts, joist hangers, fender washers, wood screws, wood glue
Tools: Miter saw, tape measure, table saw, circular saw, drill, drill bits, jigsaw, sander
Difficulty: Hard

This gorgeous Rope Hanging Bed uses a naturalistic approach and creates a calming effect that will make your bedroom the most pleasant area in the house. You’ll want to spend all day curled up in this lovely hanging bed, admiring its comfort and style.

The design is a bit more challenging, but with some skill and good equipment, you’ll finish this project in no time.

8. Hanging Daybed Swing by Big Living Little Footprint

Hanging Daybed Swing by Big Living Little Footprint
Image Credit: Big Living Little Footprint
Materials: Lumber, plywood, dowels, cotton rope, screws, eye bolts, futon, foam pad
Tools: Tape measure, drill, drill bits, speed square, miter saw, table saw, jigsaw
Difficulty: Hard

If you’re looking to surprise your spouse or amaze your guests with a piece of furniture, then this Hanging Daybed Swing is the ideal solution. This stunning hanging daybed goes on your balcony, porch, or patio and is supposed to provide you with the most relaxing experience throughout the day. It will be your little peaceful nook where you can lie down to do work, read a book, or snooze.

The tutorial might be more demanding, but it’s perfect for those DIYers looking for a challenge.

9. Hanging Tree Bed Swing by April Wilkerson

Materials: Lumber, clamps, screws, wood paint, wood glue, wooden dowels
Tools: Miter saw, drill, table saw, band saw, bevel gauge, mallet
Difficulty: Hard

A Hanging Tree Bed Swing is ideal for mixing modern and traditional styles. This gorgeous rustic hanging bed swing will be perfect for any farmhouse or modern home looking to add a more vintage touch. While crafting this lovely swing might be more complex, it will look amazing. Imagine swinging from your backyard tree on a hanging bed you crafted with your own two hands!

10. DIY Suspended Loft Bed by Buckhorn Cliffs

DIY Suspended Loft Bed by Buckhorn Cliffs
Image Credit: Buckhorn Cliffs
Materials: Lumber, spring links, screw eyes, chain, screws, gauge gusset angle
Tools: Drill, orbital sander, table saw
Difficulty: Medium

This DIY Suspended Loft Bed is a versatile solution for almost any room in your house—the kid’s bedroom, playroom, or even the guest room. It’s suspended and hanging on a single chain piece, making it an entertaining addition to a children’s bedroom. The rustic style of the boards and chain will add a unique style to a room while remaining cheerful and elegant.

11. Chain Suspended Bed by Remington Avenue

Chain Suspended Bed by Remington Avenue
Image By: Remington Avenue
Materials: Lumber, gauge angle, screws, screw eyes, chain
Tools: Table saw, tape measure, drill, screwdriver
Difficulty: Medium

This Chain Suspended Bed is an exquisite and luxurious hanging bed that will be a dream come true for most homeowners. This reasonably easy tutorial will give you the dreamy hanging bed you always wanted. After collecting all the necessary materials and tools, get to work because this lovely bed will need some time and patience to craft.

12. Floating Bed DIY by HomeMadeModern

Materials: Steel tubes, clamps, spray paint, plywood, cedar boards, wood glue, mending plates
Tools: Angle grinder, welding tools, hand saw, angle grinder, sander,
Difficulty: Hard

There’s nothing more impressive or unique than a floating bed in your master bedroom. Following this incredible Floating Bed tutorial by HomeMadeModern will upgrade your sleeping area significantly. Adding this modern twist can make your home so much more unique while adding additional room beneath the bed for storing your favorite items.

13. DIY Wooden Hanging Bed by Welcome to the Woods

Materials: Lumber, screws, wood glue, clamps, wood paint
Tools: Tape measure, Kreg jig, brad nailer, table saw, circular saw, miter saw, jig saw, sander
Difficulty: Medium

If you want to add a gorgeous seating area on your patio or front porch, you need to look at this amazing DIY Wooden Hanging Bed. This moderately easy DIY will transform your patio into a lovely space where you’ll want to drink your morning coffee and enjoy spending time with friends and family. It requires only the most basic materials, but you’ll need some knowledge of handling power tools.

14. Easy DIY Hanging Bed by Domestically Speaking

Easy DIY Hanging Bed by Domestically Speaking
Image By: Domestically Speaking
Materials: Old upcycled bed, screw hooks, turnbuckles, thick chain
Tools: Drill, drill bits
Difficulty: Easy

If you’ve got an old single bed frame, it is time to transform it into a vintage seating piece for your garden. This incredibly easy Hanging Bed DIY tutorial includes only drilling a few screw hooks on the sides of an upcycled bed and turning it into a lovely hanging swing for your porch. Add some quirky pillows, and you’ve got yourself a piece of furniture that will feel timeless.

15. DIY Garden Hanging Bed by Bosch DIY

DIY Garden Hanging Bed by Bosch DIY
Image By: Bosch DIY
Materials: Old wooden beams, wooden planks, clamps, carabiner snap hooks, rope, round slings, eyebolts, screws, wood paint, varnish
Tools: Cordless screwdriver, utility knife, tape measure, drill, reciprocating saw, sander,
Difficulty: Medium

This simple yet effective Garden Hanging Bed tutorial will be a simple afternoon project for the whole family to give your garden a stunning and charming decorative piece. If you can handle power tools safely, you can quickly craft this amazing hanging bed. If you include your entire family in this little project, you can make it a fun activity for the day.divider 1


There’s nothing wrong with a traditional bed, but hanging it instead can change your space drastically. Hanging beds are especially a hit in outdoor spaces such as your garden or porch. If any of our hanging bed ideas appeal to you, grab your materials and tools and get to DIYing!

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