Diy Porch Swing Bed

Diy Porch Swing Bed

A few years ago our family vacationed in Watercolor, on the northwest Florida coast. We loved the house we stayed in so much when we returned home we put our house up for sale so we could build a home similar to the one we stayed in. One of the features we loved so much was the large covered front porch and most of all the swing bed it showcased. My wife spent every morning and night that week relaxing in that swing. I promised my wife then that I would make sure got her own swing. Thanks to Ana White, she was back in her (new) swing last night. I began with the “Large Modern Porch Swing” plan and made some changes. I wanted to use a twin size mattress so I increased the size of the swing’s base. Also, because the mattress was 6″ I lifted the arms and back. The arms are the biggest and best change I think. I had seen someone else do similar arms, but I they used an 1×12 I think. I wanted a heavier look, so I used a 2×10.
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Diy Porch Swing Bed

I’m not sure, I haven’t researched it, but sitting—no, swaying—on a porch swing might be the most relaxing of all the ways a person could spend a summer afternoon. Of course, there’s a big difference between enjoying a porch swing and actually (successfully) building one. In fact, the work involved in making a DIY porch swing probably sounds to you like the very antithesis of relaxation. But though the prospect may at first seem daunting, it’s more than attainable. Scroll down now to see five DIY porch swings, any of which could be a permanent fixture of your outdoor living area before the sun rises on Monday morning.
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Diy Porch Swing Bed

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Diy Porch Swing Bed

A few years ago our family vacationed in Watercolor, on the northwest Florida coast. We loved the house we stayed in so much when we returned home we put our house up for sale so we could build a home similar to the one we stayed in. One of the features we loved so much was the large covered front porch and most of all the swing bed it showcased. My wife spent every morning and night that week relaxing in that swing. I promised my wife then that I would make sure got her own swing. Thanks to Ana White, she was back in her (new) swing last night.
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Diy Porch Swing Bed

If you’re looking forward to catching some Z’s on your new porch swing, there would be a certain poetic justice to repurposing a headboard as part of the swing’s construction. Don’t have an extra headboard in your attic or basement? Try your local thrift store. Once you’ve got one, see The Rustic Pig for all the DIY details.
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Diy Porch Swing Bed

I began with the “Large Modern Porch Swing” plan and made some changes. I wanted to use a twin size mattress so I increased the size of the swing’s base. Also, because the mattress was 6″ I lifted the arms and back. The arms are the biggest and best change I think. I had seen someone else do similar arms, but I they used an 1×12 I think. I wanted a heavier look, so I used a 2×10.
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Diy Porch Swing Bed

When the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, you’ll probably find me digging or nailing or painting, and my family often jokes that they are going to duck tape me to the camp chair to get me to go camping.  But after designing this bed, I’m thinking relaxing in the sun sounds, well, quite relaxing! HANGING BED I love working with a twin sized mattress because they are easy to come by.  And you don’t even need a special mattress, any mix matched sale mattress will do!  I would recommend using a waterproof mattress cover and then a twin sheet or daybed cover (or you can sew your own) as your bedding if your bed is not covered. CLASSIC STYLING I loved the style of the sold out Pottery Barn Chesapeake Hanging Lounger, looking a little more refined than a simple 2×4 structure (which of course you could just build a hanging 2×4 structure).  I also used a slatted design under the mattress so that if the bed did get wet, you don’t have water pooling under the mattress and rotting plywood.  That is the one problem I did have with this design from Lowes, the plywood bottom doesn’t let the mattress breathe.  But I highly recommend you reading this article from Lowes because there are lots of tips on hanging the daybed and it’s always good to read more than one source! I could nap on this, gently swaying in the breeze!  I also love this as a simple platform bed.  You could even add some legs to make a beautiful bed frame. 
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Diy Porch Swing Bed

Compact in size and elegantly simple in shape, a no-frills modern look characterizes this stylish DIY porch swing. It’s built almost entirely of 2×4 and 1×6 lumber, so if you have intermediate woodworking experience, go ahead and set up your saw. Then visit Shanty 2 Chic for clear and simple step-by-step project directions.
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From Huckleberry Lane Furniture, here’s a DIY porch swing involving an old door and the remnants of a falling-apart antique table. It goes to show that scrap wood comes in many forms and that, for a functional and beautiful result, money spent at your local lumber yard is by no means a prerequisite.
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The bed uses a standard twin size bunk bed mattress, which is 75 inches x 38 inches. You will be constructing a supporting frame of this size using 2-inch x 4-inch lumber, and wrapping the frame sides with 1-inch x 6-inch pine boards, which will keep the mattress in place. Because this bed hangs, it can swing somewhat, so avoid placing it near walls or other furniture.
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Imagine this: laying down on a porch bed swing in the warm breeze, head propped on a pillow, a glass of sweet tea forming cold droplets of condensation on your hand. That sounds pretty darn nice way to relax, right? Take a few hours on a weekend to make this thing..it’ll be worth it, promise.
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There are lots of steps here, and you’ll be thrilled how it will all come together. We’d also like to point out that when you go to hang your amazing new porch bed swing, please make sure you consult an expert if you’re unsure that your structure can handle the weight.
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Lee Deloach Is there a material list? Katie Juhl Hi Lee, thanks for your question. Yes! We are working on that right now and will have it up in the next few days. Wood. It’s Real. Hi Lee, Indeed there is, hot off the press! We just updated this post and also included a downloadable/printable overview with a supply/material list. Is this your next project? Debbie Perkins Hi! That’s my octopus swing bed! Whoo hoo! You made my day! My comment is that you aced it on the plans this time. When I built mine, I watched the video like a Disney movie with kids. Over and over, etc….I drafted my own plans from what I could gather. If I can build it, a seamstress housewife, anyone can. I strictly did it on my own. The only thing was that I didn’t have a router, and I wanted it hung, so router is still in the box. It is hanging at Dauphin Island, Alabama, with lots ,more pillows and cup holders now. Build it. Chad Philpot Can I substitute a twin mattress for the foam? Average dimension is 39 x 74 which is slightly wider than the foam in the materials. I wanted to use a mattress covered in plastic to avoid it getting wet underneath the porch, Wood. It’s Real. Yes, you can @chadphilpot:disqus! One of the other followers of Wood. It’s Real. used an old twin mattress and it fit snugly inside.

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