The DIY Bed Swing
Ready to build a a super simple, yet beautiful swing bed? This type of swing is great for impressing guests, taking an afternoon nap or curling up with your favorite book on a Saturday morning. Not only will it look great, it is really simple to construct and very affordable.
Side note: Amazon sells the weather-proof mattress for around $100.
So all joints in this build are butt joints. Assume that everywhere there is a joint or two pieces of wood meet, apply some wood glue.
Plans and Instructions
Start off by building the main bed frame out of the 1×8’s. Use 2" finish nails on the joints.
Next add an inner frame for extra support which will also function to support the slatst. On the sides of the inner frame use 2×4’s for some extra bulk - this is where the eye screws will be attched later to hang the swing. The bottom of the 2×4’s will be flush with the bottom of the frame. Nail and glued them onto the inside of the frame using 2″ nails. For the front and back of the inner frame use 2x3's. You want to make sure the top of the 2x3 lines up with the top of the 2x4 for proper support.
For the slats, you will need six (6) pieces of 39" long 1x3 pine wood. Space them evenly and nail into place to support the mattress.
Next cut four (8) posts out of the 1×3 clear pine, one for each corner. Note the front is 6 3/8" shorter than the back posts. Each post will be made from 2 pieces. Don't forget to glue them before nailing.
Place the same sized piece on top of the glued edge to form an “L” shape. Once they are glued and perfectly lined up, nail together with 2" nails. Now attached each post to the corners with glue and 1 1/4″ nails.
After all four posts were in place, cut all of the rails. These are the horizontal pieces that connect all of the posts.
For each arm, use a 1x3 and cut a knotch in it as illistrated below so it will fit around the back posts.
After completing all the cuts, glue and nail each into place them in place as shown in the illustration.
For the finished look, add 1×3 trim around the bottom of the swing on all four sides using glue and 1 1/4″ nails.
And the final step is adding the top to the back and a back middle rail support. For the top piece, use 1×4 and for the middle support, use 1×3.
Now for the finish, putty the nail holes, sand a bit to remove any splinters and decide if it should be stained or painted. Several coats of polyurethane will also help protect it from natures elements.
Once everything is dry it is time to prepare for hanging it. Drill a hole for the eye screws 1" from the edge of the posts and 1 1/4" from the bottom of the swing.
Whether hanging from a tree or on the porch, it's time to enjoy.