Monday, November 4, 2013

Porch Bed

We built a hanging porch bed for the screen porch and love it! Here’s the design we came up with:

We kept the left side open and put a lower ledge on it, flush with the frame, so that you have space to completely stretch out or place a lovely beverage while lounging. It also makes it look less like a day bed and more like a giant chaise lounge.

Lumber and Supplies List:
3 turned posts
12 spindles
1 sheet of 3/8” plywood
2 of 6’x2”x4”s-span the middle
3 of 6’x1”x4”- support the sides and ends of the plywood
5/4"x6"-leftover decking boards
4x4 -for front left support (instead lieu of turned post)
4x4’s to hang from ceiling
3/4inch manila rope

Most of the lumber we had left over from building the screen porch, we had to buy the turned posts, spindles and sheet of plywood. First Ryan built the frame with left over 5/4" x 6" deck boards, with 2x4's in between and 1x4's on the sides to support the plywood.

On the front left, since it’s going to be open without a post, we used a 4x4 for support. Then we took the 3 turned posts and cut the ball top off each of them and cut the bottoms of them at a 45 degree angle on all four sides.  

This gave the posts a little more shape and makes them look more finished instead of just bluntly cutting them off straight. Then he mounted the 3 posts in each corner except for the front left. Then take the 5/4"x6" decking boards and cut them to length to sit on top of the posts. Making a back/arm rest. We also cut another 5/4"x6" decking board to place at the open end for that lovely beverage holder. 
attaching the posts

5/4"x6" decking boards
 Take the spindles and evenly space them out along the back and right side of the bed.

Cut the 3/8” plywood to fit the frame. 

Drill holes in all four corners of the 5/4"x6"decking boards large enough for ¾ inch rope to go through. Then drill holes horizontally in all 4 posts. The rope will go through the 5/4"x6" decking boards and down through the post for secured support. 

We already had a twin foam mattress and to protect it I bought a plastic zip mattress cover from Bed, Bath and Beyond. 

Now on to the fun part! In order to hang the bed from our ceiling, since it’s recessed in the rafters, we used two 4x4’s to go in between the rafter beams and secured those with really long screws, like 8” long, from the other side of the beam all the way through the 4x4.This thing isn’t going anywhere and my engineer assured me it could hold close to a ton. Then loop the rope over the 4x4 in the ceiling and tie a knot, then thread it down through the drilled holes and tie a knot at the bottom, do this on all four sides… and here it is hanging! 

Of course, decorate with a fitted sheet and pretty pillows! We LOVE it and it’s the perfect place for an afternoon nap!  

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