Fast Fix: Outdoors

Easy DIY Hanging Daybed

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

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Hanging Outdoor Daybed

Materials Needed:

  • 2x4 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 Tip: Many hardware stores will make cuts complimentary with the purchase of lumber.


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

2x4 boards cut at 82-3/4" (2 for the frame sides)
2x4 boards cut at 42-1/2" (6 for the frame joists)
2x4 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.

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