Hanging Bed

Queen size hanging bed. Made from reclaimed douglas fir.

Repurposed hardware from an old factory cart (above).

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17 thoughts on “Hanging Bed

  1. Your hanging bed is great.
    I have been working on the logistics of a hanging bed for my screen porch (my grandparents had a few of them!). I like the hardware you have on the platform (rather than drilling through the wood). Where would I find something similar? My ceiling is exposed joists so I will need a different type of attachment. What width of manila roping did you find sufficient? Do you have a good source for roping by the foot?
    Thanks for any advice,
    Wendy in Minneapolis!

    • Hello Wendy,
      The hardware you are referring to came from an old factory cart. Each corner is made up of what used to be a wheel shaft. Unfortunately, these old factory carts have become so popular (used as coffee tables, etc.) over the last year or so that they are now quite expensive. I bet your local welding shop could come up with a bracket that would serve the same purpose…. For attachment to your exposed ceiling joists I would recommend an “L” bracket that would wrap up the side of your joist and could be lagged into it from the side and bottom. Again, unless you are a welder, you’ll probably need to find a welding shop to make these brackets up. Concerning the rope diameter: I used 3/4″ manila on my first bed. The weight rating was sufficient and the customer hasn’t had any trouble with it, but I am using 1 1/4″ on the one I’m building right now and I think it will make more of a statement–it really depends on the style of the bed and the room it is going into. Good luck with your project! Let me know how it goes.

      -Ben

    • Wendy, I am also in Minneapolis and trying to do the same thing. Did you find hardware? And rope? Would love to know who/what you found. Thanks!

  2. The bed is beautiful! I’ve always wanted to have one, but am not crafty/handy enough to make one. Maybe one day my wish will come true 🙂 Everything else in your blog is just absolutely fantastic. I love it all!

  3. I love this bed. I am looking for something like this for my lake house. How much? Approx is OK. I would want a back for it to lounge as well as sleep……THX. Love your work.

  4. Hi Ben,

    Love your work. Want to do similar for our living room. Would like a back as well for lounging. I am not sure what type of ceiling I have. Can you give me some pointers on where to start.

    Thank you.
    Vasu.

    • The starting place would be your ceiling. I would have it checked out by a contractor that you trust. See if there is sufficient support for a 200-300 lb. platform with a dynamic (moving) load of another 300-400 lbs. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  5. I am very interested in contructing a hanging bed for my house I am moving into soon. My two biggest concerns with not enjoying the bed is:
    1) Back support for lounging: I love to read and study in my bed. I usually just lean a pillow up against the head board or wall. Have you figured out a way to lounge comfortably in the hanging bed?
    2) Too much swing: While I would like the bed to sway a bit, I am more interested in the bed for style rather than having a hammock like sway while sleeping. Does you bed sway a good deal or is it managable? Is there a way to decress the swinging?
    Look forward to hearing. Email is best if you would be willing!

  6. Hey Johnathan, Sounds like a fun project. In answer to your questions: 1) A headboard could easily be added. This should give you the pillow support that you need to prop yourself up for reading. 2) The swing factor is tricky. There are two things that I could recommend. First, you could hang the bed on ropes (for the look) but secure the head of the bed to the wall behind. Secondly, you can put an eye bolt into the floor in the center of the bed. Then run ropes (underneath the bed frame) from each of the four corners to the eye bolt. This takes a lot of the sway away, but the bed can still turn around the center point. If you want to reduce the turning, attach each of the support ropes (at the ceiling) out and away from the corners of the bed. I hope this helps. Let me know if this leaves you with more questions.

  7. We are wanting to hang a bed in my sons room. Our contractor is preparing the ceiling to hold the bed… would you be willing to make the platform for us?
    Marcie

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