Again in October we talked about our plans so as to add a dangling daybed to the coated portion of our entrance porch and our total household couldn’t be extra excited that it’s lastly carried out.

Hanging daybeds like this are tremendous in style in our space, and we’ve all the time had a comfortable spot for them. Is there something higher than studying/napping exterior on a lazy Saturday afternoon?

John Laying Fully Stretched Out On Hanging Daybed Swing

One in every of the Airbnbs that we stayed at in Costa Rica final January had one which just about cemented our feeling that they’re simply in regards to the excellent out of doors lounge spot. Sherry and our daughter spent hours there, every leaning up in opposition to a aspect arm with their legs prolonged in the direction of one another, studying and chatting and swaying.

Then, lo and behold, we realized that we had a near-perfect spot for one on the entrance porch of this home. It’s coated to guard us from rain and the recent solar. It has good sturdy uncovered beams to hold it from. We actually have a fan proper there to maintain the world cool.

Blue Ceiling On Covered Porch With Ceiling Fan And Black Chairs

The one motive I say near- and never totally-perfect is that there wasn’t fairly sufficient depth to create the everyday twin-mattress-sized daybed. We might have crammed one in there, however it will’ve encroached on our often-used path to our out of doors bathe, and we didn’t wish to cramp that space. We additionally stand at that wicker storage bin and cargo seashore chairs on and off of our backs after we’re leaving for or getting back from the seashore, so additional clearance there may be key.

Covered Porch With Blue Ceiling And Open Door To Outdoor Shower

Fortunately the cushion that we landed on is simply three inches shorter than the size of a twin mattress (nonetheless clocking in at 6′ lengthy!), nevertheless it’s 10″ much less deep, which is certainly appreciated. Even with 10″ shaved off, it’s nonetheless nearly 30″ deep, which is just about a typical couch cushion depth, and fairly comfortable (twin mattresses are considerably deeper than the typical couch). And now we have loads of clearance after we stroll by means of to the out of doors bathe or whereas grabbing seashore chairs out of the wicker bin.

Finished White Hanging Daybed Under Covered Front Porch

That egg chair above swivels BTW, so whoever is sitting in it will probably rotate to face anybody who’s hanging out on the daybed. However again to the entire finding-the-goldilocks-of-daybed-cushions dilemma…

Discovering An Outside Daybed Cushion

Regardless that the cushion could be coated, we nonetheless wanted one thing that might be outdoor-friendly. My understanding from neighbors is that when somebody makes use of a daily twin mattress, they zip it into a water-proof mattress cowl after which cowl that complete factor with out of doors cloth. In case you’re good at stitching you would possibly have the ability to make one your self – or a number of Etsy sellers supply them (this one appears to be well-rated).

We first seemed into doing one thing like that, however substituting the mattress for a custom-cut mildew-resistant foam pad as an alternative. Not solely was the worth including up in a short time, we additionally anxious we’d find yourself with some oddly heavy or cumbersome cushion that might be a ache to maneuver round every time we would have liked to take it off the daybed (like in a storm or to scrub it).

Then we realized that we might order a alternative out of doors cushion that’s already made for out of doors furnishings and simply construct a daybed body to suit that – if we might simply discover one which was the proper dimension for our spot. That method it will be MADE to climate the weather, properly tailor-made, able to ship versus ready on a {custom} order, and considerably inexpensive than one thing custom-made could be! After a little bit of looking, we discovered this alternative cushion for the Pottery Barn Cammeray Outside Couch -which was simply in regards to the excellent dimension, colour, and materials.

Angled View Of Finished Outdoor Hanging Daybed With White Cushions

So method again in August, we ordered it throughout an end-of-summer sale (we obtained the underside cushion and three giant again pillows for $399). On the time they had been back-ordered and the estimated ship date was October. A lot for issues being able to ship and quick. We lastly obtained them proper earlier than Christmas.

However they had been properly well worth the wait (FYI, they’re now delivery for mid-February supply). They’re good and light-weight, they dry actually shortly, and thus far are very straightforward to scrub. We’ve had loads of rain, solar, and numerous child-related spills, and we’re very pleased with the sturdiness and the way shortly it dries out.


Along with your mattress or cushion, right here’s what else you’ll must construct your hanging daybed. The portions beneath are for constructing our particular swing (our cushion was 28″ x 72″), so that you’ll want to regulate issues should you’re constructing one round an ordinary twin mattress, which I discussed is 3″ longer and 10″ deeper (38″ x 75″). Additionally, should you plan to stain, not paint, your completed swing, you gained’t wish to purchase pre-primed wooden like we did.

  • Three 8′ lengthy 2 x 4″ boards (for the body)
  • 4 8′ lengthy 1 x 4″ boards (for the slats)
  • Three 8′ lengthy 1 x 8″ primed boards
  • Three 8′ lengthy 1 x 4″ primed boards
  • Two 8′ lengthy 1 x 3″ primed boards
  • Three 8′ lengthy 1 x 2″ primed boards
  • A field of two″ exterior screws
  • A bottle of exterior-grade wooden glue
  • 4 5-gallon buckets
  • Eight screw eye hooks (we obtained these for the ceiling and these for the mattress)
  • 3/4″ pure hemp rope (we obtained this rope within the 48-foot size)
  • Outside-rated paint and primer (we used semi-gloss exterior paint)

Constructing The Daybed Platform

I used to be a bit nervous about developing a dangling mattress, nevertheless it turned out to be straightforward and intensely easy. When it got here to determining the design that we needed, we merged our expertise constructing bunk beds at our seashore home with this tutorial that we tweaked from Plank & Pillow, which has a pleasant clear step-by-step breakdown (and really fancy 3D renderings). Low and behold, we achieved a closing look that we love, and it really works very well for our house.

John Laying Fully Stretched Out On Hanging Daybed Swing

The structural core of the daybed is this easy body made out of two x 4″ boards. It’s constructed to the precise dimensions of our seat cushion, and we linked it utilizing out of doors screws that we had available. This is able to not solely assist the cushion (and people sitting on it), it will even be the place our hanging {hardware} would finally go into.

Screwing 2x4 wood frame together for hanging daybed

Since 2x4s aren’t the prettiest wooden on the block AND we needed the daybed’s base to look a bit extra substantial, the following step could be to wrap all sizes of this body with thicker wooden. We selected 1x8s, however you could possibly choose one thing thicker or thinner relying in your desired look. And since we’d be portray our daybed, we bought primed wooden when doable, simply to make our lives simpler.

Screwing 2x4 wood frame to white 1x8 board

The one factor to think about right here is how a lot you need your cushion or mattress to be recessed inside your platform (how a lot is uncovered vs. how a lot is hidden beneath the lip). Our cushion isn’t tremendous thick so we needed a minimal quantity coated (nothing is worse than sitting on a mattress when the mattress condenses and also you scrape your self on the mattress body). So our purpose right here was to have simply sufficient of a lip to maintain the cushion in place however not an excessive amount of that we’d ever scrape in opposition to the lip. So earlier than we connected the 1x8s across the aspect, we propped up our 2×Four body on some scrap wooden till we obtained the peak of our lip excellent.

Diagram of 2x4 frame propped up on scrap wood to determine height of outer lip

Be aware: you’ll additionally wish to you’ll want to account for the slats that you just’ll be including to the platform within the subsequent step, that’s why you see one resting on the body above – to make sure that we had been factoring these in as properly.

So beneath you’ll be able to see our completed body, as soon as the entire 1x8s had been screwed on. As you noticed above, we screwed from the within of the body, that method we didn’t need to patch holes on the skin.

Fully constructed 2x4 platform frame with white 1x8 around outside

Subsequent, we nailed in a bunch of low-cost 1×4″ boards that we reduce to dimension, creating our personal DIY platform mattress slats.

Nailing 1x4 slat across top of platform frame

The subsequent day we primed and later painted all of our uncovered wooden utilizing the identical exterior paint that we used on our out of doors trim/railings/and so forth (Moderne White by Sherwin Williams) – high, backside, sides – we did all of it. Perhaps this was overkill, however we needed to assist shield the uncooked wooden from the weather as a lot as doable.

Daybed frame fully constructed and painted white

It’s also possible to see that we propped it up on some 5-gallon buckets, which I’ll clarify a bit later. It truly made a sure step an entire lot simpler.

Constructing The Daybed Arms

The development of the arms and the aspect rails of your daybed is basically private choice, and in our case we needed to imitate the horizontal railings that now we have round our home. We additionally opted to NOT construct a again rail, (we simply did two finish rails, however not a 3rd rail alongside the again aspect) which I notice would possibly appear to be a controversial resolution.

John Laying Fully Stretched Out On Hanging Daybed Swing

We anxious it will simply encourage us all to sit down in opposition to it, kinda like a sofa, which means we’d find yourself dealing with the home – quite than searching in the direction of the timber and the sunshine. Sherry & our daughter’s end-sitting expertise in Costa Rica doubtless sealed the deal since they’d a again on that daybed and didn’t use it. The selection feels fairly risk-free since we will all the time add one sooner or later if we miss it for some motive.

Two Kids Reading On Either End Of White Hanging Daybed Swing

Whether or not you’re including a again or not, you continue to want to begin this step by including easy posts to all Four corners of your daybed’s base. These are every created from two 1×Four boards connected at a right-angle.

Daybed arm corners finished and in place

Arm top can be private choice, however we stored ours comparatively low – simply sufficient to assist a pillow for leaning again on both sides (we additionally rigorously measured so our horizontal rails might be evenly spaced). Our nook posts had been 17.25″ tall.

John constructed one side arm on hanging daybed

I ought to add right here that any piece from right here on out is connected with a mix of exterior wooden glue and brad nails. The nails make it quick and simple to patch, the glue helps it maintain for the lengthy haul. You’ll be able to see that I connected my 1x4s to the body individually…

Daybed arm with wood glue about to be attached

…after which nailed them collectively alongside the sting the place they met.

Nailing two corners of daybed arm together

As soon as my vertical posts had been secured to every nook, I added the horizontal rails utilizing 1x3s. I nailed and glued these from the within and used some scrap wooden spacers to verify they stayed stage whereas I connected them (you’ll be able to spot the spacers in every nook beneath – they’re simply small blocks of wooden that I reduce to the proper aspect and put in every nook beneath the rail I used to be nailing – however they pll proper out and can be utilized on all sides as you go round).

Nailing lower horizontal rail to daybed arm from the inside edge

I repeated that very same step with my higher horizontal rail, ensuring it was flush with the highest of my vertical posts.

Attaching upper horizontal rail connected two corner pieces

Subsequent, we connected one other 1×4″ board throughout the highest to create a flat arm remainder of kinds.

Nailing top piece to daybed arm

The final little element we added was a 1×2″ board alongside the underside fringe of the body, between all Four nook posts. This was purely ornamental, so might completely be skipped or tweaked relying on what closing look you’re going for.

Nailing 1x2 trim piece along the bottom edge of hanging daybed

As soon as every part was constructed, we wood-filled our nail holes, sanded them clean, caulked the seams, and painted every part with that very same out of doors paint (SW Moderne White in a semi-gloss end).

Sanding wood filler on daybed with ryobi palm sander

As soon as every part was dry, we had been prepared to hold it!

Hanging The Outside Daybed

I’m truly going to jot down a separate put up about how we hung the daybed as a result of we tried a few completely different strategies – hanging from two anchor factors (as you see beneath) and later hanging it from 4 anchor factors (which had much more advantages). We made an in depth video to point out you precisely what labored the very best to save lots of you time, hassle, and cash (our a number of hanging makes an attempt meant that we needed to buy the rope twice and that we wasted a silly period of time on a subpar preliminary technique).

Finished White Hanging Daybed Under Covered Front Porch

In case you simply need the fabric particulars so you’ll be able to order it whereas we get that put up collectively for you, we used this 3/4″ pure hemp rope, heavy-duty eye hooks (these within the ceiling, these within the mattress), and a few fundamental knots.

Natural hemp rope bundle for hanging daybed

The rope was straightforward to chop with common scissors and it does stretch out a bit beneath the load of the mattress, however that’s the place these buckets come in useful. I learn in a number of locations that your daybed will really feel a bit too excessive when it’s propped up on the 5-gallon buckets, however they hold it stage and assist with placement. And when you tie your ropes and take away the buckets, your rope relaxes (ours did throughout the first use – as soon as some weight was placed on the daybed) and it finally ends up on the excellent top.

Typing pretzel knot on the bottom of hanging daybed under eyehook

I’ll get into extra element in a follow-up put up, however the primary factor is to be sure you discover joists or different sturdy anchor factors inside your porch ceiling that you could belief. We had been fortunate that our ceiling is usually uncovered so we had a number of seen anchor factors to select from.

Angled View Of Finished Outdoor Hanging Daybed With White Cushions

Regardless that the hanging technique in these images didn’t find yourself being our favourite – now that every part is rehung, this spot is shortly turning into one among our favourite locations to lounge round. We’ve been fortunate sufficient to have a number of heat days over the past couple of weeks to really get pleasure from it!

View Of White Hanging Daybed Swing Under Covered Porch Through Open French Doors

Due to our 6′ cushion, it’s a lot snug for 2 individuals to sit down upright at both finish with their legs tucked beneath them, or out like this:

Two Kids Reading On Either End Of White Hanging Daybed Swing

It’s even sufficiently big for a sure 6′ tall dad to sprawl all the way in which out on:

John Laying Fully Stretched Out On Hanging Daybed Swing


Other than the cushion, the mission was fairly budget-friendly. And I nonetheless really feel like getting a protracted out of doors sofa cushion, plus Three matching outsized pillows for $399 was a reasonably good discover (we’ve obtained the third pillow saved beneath our mattress as a spare).

Side View Of Finished White Hanging Daybed With Cream Cushion

Right here’s the fee breakdown:

  • Wooden: $150
  • Buckets: $14
  • Eye hooks: $25
  • Rope: $28
  • TOTAL: $217

And while you add the out of doors cushion set for $399, that brings us to a grand whole of $616, which isn’t low-cost, however contemplating that many {custom} made ones (like these) are within the $1000-2400 vary (!!!), it is a nice strategy to get it carried out for 1/Four to half the worth.

View Of White Hanging Daybed Swing Under Covered Porch Through Open French Doors

Additionally please know that greater than exhibiting you tips on how to grasp a daybed the proper method (to save lots of you time & cash) – our subsequent put up goes to be a incredible instance of why we’ll by no means have an HGTV present. The video… let’s simply say it’s one steady outtake. So there’s that to sit up for.

Wish to hold looking our constructing initiatives and furnishings upgrades? This archive is totally devoted to them. It’s also possible to see each single mission and replace we’ve carried out to this home over the past Eight months on this spot.

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