By Susan Patterson
An outdoor hanging daybed is a great place to take a nap, read a book, or even spend a night under the stars. With a little time and carpentry experience, a beautiful day bed can be created using 2-by-4-inch lumber.
• 2-by-4-inch lumber
• Measuring tape
• Circular saw
• 3-inch wood screws
• Wood stain or paint
• Four 4-inch lag screws with an eye
• Heavy-duty Nylon Rope
• Heavy duty Chain and s hooks
• Outdoor cushion or mattress
1. Measure and cut six 2-by-4-inch boards to measuring 43-inch long. These will be the short sides of the support.
2. Measure and cut two 2-by-4-inch boards to measure 83-inches long. These will be the long sides of the support.
3. Measure and cut 12 2-by-4-inch boards to measure 85-inches long. These are the slats for the daybed.
4. Arrange two of the short supports and the two long support boards on a flat surface to form a rectangle. The longer boards should come over the ends of the shorter boards. All four of the boards need to be resting on their sides.
5. Screw the support rectangle together using two 3-inch wood screws at each corner. Screw through the long boards and into the ends of the short boards for the tightest hold.
6. Place the remaining four short supports inside the support rectangle evenly spaced. Screw them in place the same way you did the other support boards.
7. Place a slat across the support frame. The slat should overhang equally on both ends, and 1-inch over the long edge. Screw the board in place using one screw in each of the short supports.
8. Install the remaining slats the same way you did the first, leaving a 1/2-inch gap between each one.
9. Sand the edges of the daybed smooth and apply a paint or stain to protect it from the weather.
10. Drill a pilot hole and screw a lag bolt into each corner of the day bed. This will be for attaching rope.
11. Cut two 10-foot lengths of heavy-duty nylon rope. Thread the first piece of rope through the two lag bolts on one side of the bed then tie the ends together with two overhand knots. Repeat on the other side of the bed.
12. To hang the bed, find a sturdy tree branch that is about 10-20 feet off the ground. Put two large lengths of chain around the branch about 6-feet apart. Place an "S" hook at the end of the chain and hang the bed to the hooks using the nylon loops. The bed can also be hung from a sturdy deck or even a screened porch.
13. Check the rope regularly for signs of wear and replace as needed.
14. Place an outdoor cushion or mattress on the daybed.
Susan is a Master Gardener and a sustainable living researcher. With a background in nutrition and extensive knowledge of whole foods and wellness, Susan incorporates sustainable living practices that will improve the health of her family while reducing their carbon footprint. Follow her on Google+