Net-Bed / hammock style / Mattress alternative?

Hi Everyone,
I saw this bed on a blog and it keeps coming back to me.
Unfortunately I don't know anything about it, who made it, and how.

I did some research (didn't find the source) but learned that many people consider sleeping on a hammock very comfortable.
So maybe this could be used as a real bed?

This is a burning question because I'll might have to buy a new mattress at the and of the month but I feel like DIY :)

So, any ideas on how to build such a thing, or on how usable it is?
Or maybe you are the guy in the picture? ;)


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jwolfe14283 years ago
I helped make this! Its definitely very comfortable, but it can be cold to sleep on because you get air from all sides. A blanket on bottom and top would be recommended, which also helps with the criss-cross feeling / sleep marks. Here're the details on making it:

The net came from netting.com in 2008. Their website isn't great, I found it
easier to deal with them via email. Initial response from them:

"It sounds like you intend to build a hammock? On our website
www.netting.com, you can view several options. I would recommend
either 30K or 35K netting. Both are knotless construction made from
High Tenacity Polypropylene. The model 30K has a 2" hole size, the 35K
has a 2.5" hole size. Either netting is priced at $1.50 per square
foot without a finished border. A rope border would cost approximately
$2.00 per linear foot."

We decided to go with smaller hole size (30K) -- incidentally, just
the right size to hold a beer bottle. Some more details on this one:

"The model 30K netting can hold a dead load of 2,000lbs. You can
install the netting without a finished border. We do sell our netting
in any size; however a minimum order is $100. Shipping is UPS ground
and varies by weight and distance. Currently, we have model 30K in
white, black, tan and light grey."

We got two pieces; one 36" x 228" for the hallway, and the 102" x 144"
one for the big net, in the diamond pattern. These were actual
dimensions of the spaces we wanted to fill; the netting ended up
stretching quite a bit, so we could have probably gone with about 80%
these dimensions. Total price was about $250 shipped.

Anchoring is a bit tricky, since the forces on the wall anchors can be quite large (see how the board is pulling out in the back right corner in the picture). We used a large number of medium-duty eyehooks (each rated for about 100 pounds), and two ropes through the eyehooks and net to mount fairly securely and safely. We've had about 8 people on there, and no deaths yet (we added the second rope and attached the board more securely later).

Let me know if you have any ?s ...

Cheers, Jason

Hello everyone,

I am a representative from Pucuda Leading Edge, the netting supplier mentioned in this comment. While we very much appreciate your endorsement as a testament to our products, but unfortunately we do not offer materials for these "net beds" at this current point in time! We apologize about the inconvenience.

a memory foam mattress topper would go good on that

hey I was wondering if you could put the link to the specific netting you used because I am having a hard time finding it, and what was the best way to anchor the wall and how did everything fit together.

Sorry, this is all the info I have about the netting -- I don't see an obvious candidate on the website, but my guess is they still have something similar. I would just email them about it, they were very helpful 5 years ago at least.

For anchoring to the wall, IMO you really shouldn't proceed without the advice of someone who understands structural engineering and the particulars of your particular situation. I don't feel comfortable giving you specific advise, since I understand neither of these things (others helped out with this in our case).

For example, you better be sure your wall can handle a lateral load on the order of the amount of weight you want to put on the net -- and many walls are not designed to have thousands of pounds of lateral force applied to them. I did a quick google search and here's a thread with some examples of things going wrong.


also I was wondering how did you get the netting in that specific shape because I am planning on making one but to make it bigger mine wood have to be an irregular rectangle, and I was wondering what is the best way to take the wooden planks and keep them on the wall and what is the best width for one

Update number 1:

At the moment I have laid out all of the dimensions and the size boards that i am going to use, i have made detailed drawings and at this point i am waiting for some free time to go buy the lumber that I need to build the bed/hammock. I will most likely be under way in the building process before July is over. I will try and keep everyone updated.

hey, i am attempting to replicate your idea with my own twist by placing it in a large 8ftx4ft frame and i am confused on what kind of anchors and netting i should be using to do so. the wood i am using is going to be 6 inches wide so the actual space for the net is 7ftx3ft. sorry i am around a year late on this post.

elbotho (author)  THUNDRBYRD542 years ago

Hey there,

i guess at that size it shouldn't be critical. Find some netting (preferably without knots) and holes smaller than 2.5" (~6cm) and some stronger rope for the border . Use a lot of hooks and make sure the frame itself is quite strong.

Maybe Jason has some more insight…

Please post updates and pictures on your progress!

Yeah, it's hard to say much without knowing what your frame looks like. That's the most important thing -- hammocks put a huge amount of lateral force on the frame, so it has to be properly reinforced.

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