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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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.

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