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hanging daybed woodworking plans

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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.


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™
circular saw
countersink drill bit

Cut List:

2 – 2x4s @ 82 3/4″ (Frame Sides)
6 – 2x4s @ 42 1/2″ (Frame Joist)
12 – 2×4 @ 84 3/4″ (Deck Boards)

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

Apply 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

Locate rafters or beams to hang the daybed on. Install lag screws directly to a beam or rafters, as done with the daybed. Use the rope or chain to hang the daybed at the desired height. TIP: Hang the daybed at 18” to the top for standard bench height. The daybed is ready for a mattress and bedding. DISCLAIMER: Hang and use at your own risk. Failure to properly hang your bed could result in serious injury or even death. Check with local building codes to be sure you roof system can support the daybed.

Finishing 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.

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