Easy DIY Hanging Daybed

Easy to build and inexpensive, this daybed will provide the perfect spot to read or nap in your backyard retreat.


Materials Needed:

  • 2×4 boards, stud length (17)
  • 3″ wood screws (100)
  • 4″ lag screws with eye (8)
  • pilot hole bit to match wood screws and lag screws
  • 50 feet of nylon rope or chain, load limit at least 200 lbs
  • small tube exterior wood filler
  • spray paint, exterior clear coat
  • sandpaper in coarse, medium and fine grits
  • measuring tape
  • carpenter’s square
  • drill
  • saw


Dimensions are sized to fit a standard twin mattress with 4 inches of space surrounding the mattress. Hanging height can vary depending on the roof structure.

Cut List

Tip: Many hardware stores will make cuts complimentary with the purchase of lumber.
2×4 boards cut at 82-3/4″ (2 for the frame sides)
2×4 boards cut at 42-1/2″ (6 for the frame joists)
2×4 boards cut at 84-3/4″ (12 for the deck boards)

Getting Started

Select boards that are straight. Tip: Pretend the board is an arrow on a bow and look down the length of the board to see if it is straight. Tip: For added character, select straight boards that are rustic in nature with imperfections, cracks and knots. To save time, have the lumber store cut your boards as directed in the cut list. Work on a clean, level surface large enough for the project, and always wear safety glasses and ensure proper ventilation when painting.

Build the Frame

Measure and mark all joints using the carpenter’s square. Predrill pilot holes, two per joist end. Apply glue and line up joist boards with frame sides as shown in the diagram; screw together. Use the carpenter’s square to adjust the frame to square.

Attach the Deck Boards

Apply glue to the top of the bed frame and lay the deck boards on the frame. Adjust so the deck boards overhang 1 inch on all sides as shown in the diagram. Space the deck boards 1/2 inch apart and screw down, two screws per deck board per joist.

Attach the Lag Screws

Drill a hole with the appropriately 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, which will cause a weak joint.

Apply a Protective Finish

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 clear coat to apply a protective finish to the daybed. Let dry completely.

Hang the Daybed

Locate rafters or beams to hang the daybed on. Install lag screws directly to a beam or rafters, as done with the daybed. Use a rope or chain to hang the daybed at the desired height. Tip: Hang the daybed at 18 inches to the top for standard bench height. The daybed is ready for a mattress and bedding.

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