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Updated: Hang Your Bed From the Heavens! All for around $100

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    In this instructable (My first) I will show you the basic, easy process of hanging your own bed from your ceiling. This is a great way to get that extra POW factor to your room. The reason I finally did this project is my bed spring wouldn't cut the last corner downstairs into my bedroom.

     When I was making it I wasn't sure if people would go for it or think I was a freak, but it turned out to be great. The weight limit is 600 pounds if done properly, so you have about 500 people pounds after the mattress and wood weight. This is enough for almost any couple to safely sleep and with proper safety should never fail sans advanced warning.

     This bed is also adjustable. I can make X's with the cable to raise it around 5.5 feet above the floor. Also, making the wire loops "longer" lowers the bed. Please buy plenty of cable so you too can adjust your bed to the right height. I am just short of 6 feet and I can crawl up just fine, but most need a stool or chair, keep this in mind along with the added risk of having a bed 4 feet off the ground.

     There are a few requirements for your dwelling you need to make this happen. I would hate for you to start chopping up your place to find no trusses to hang from. Before you begin you should know you will probably only be able to do this is you live in a house (duplex, town home ect) and NOT an apartment. From my experience of building homes and living in apartments those of you will be out of luck :-(

I recently finished this instructable as it was only half completed for a long time; reason I believe for low rating (IMO)

If you like this please rate 5 stars*****
 
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realife111 year ago
This would come in handy when the Zombie Apocalypse comes. They won't be able to get to you ;-)

Saw one of these on an HGTV show, only it was low to the ground, so if it ever broke, you would only fall 1-2 ft. Also tried one of these in a small geodesic dome cabin. It was suspended in the middle of the room, was round and maybe 2 ft. off the ground. The most comfortable bed I ever tried!
mdrmoose2 years ago
A very nice idea indeed, but can you screw on it? Bed would literally be swinging every which way! More likely it would break!
Command-A (author)  mdrmoose2 years ago
Never broke for me, and trust me I tested it!
tn.2 years ago
my brain just went fireworks!

we bought a house and took possession on nov 1st. we have very little furniture (largely thanks to a house fire) and the set we bought for our daughter, while an excellent value (highboy dresser, long dresser, mirror, student desk, and hutch, all for $250) did not come with the bed (didn't survive 3 girls jumping on it, apparently.

so we've been going around and around the block about her bed - we're kinda grossed out at the thought of buying a second-hand bed anyway but when we blocked out a twin, holy hannah, she'll have no floor left at all! so we thought of a loft bed but she's afraid of sleeping up there and brand new, they're pricey (if we buy to at least coordinate with the rest of the furniture).

now, we have a solution! we can put the bed low as she wants or put it right up high to free up floor space. we can use pretty chain instead of basic cable - thread it with ribbons, use s-hooks to hang stuffies, drape fabric through the ceiling hooks to create a canopy. instead of ribbons, use vines with leaves and flowers.

the best part? because the bed is so cheap to build, we can splash out on the mattress and linens!

w00Tw00T!
Command-A (author)  tn.2 years ago
So glad you see an opportunity to have some fun! I had a blast, and was easy to put up and take down~!
Cesaro1383 years ago
Not something I'd be interesting in doing, but if you could actually expand it to be a bed that raises all the way to the ceiling when not in use (a vertical murphy bed?) and when lowered it could actually sit on the ground.

Well, that just sounds awesome. If you had high ceilings you could actually build out the surrounding areas to have the bed go into a recessed area of the ceiling.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this? I'm going to be getting a new house shortly and we're having discussions about our guest room and where I will have an office. I prefer not to have air mattresses for our guests since some of them are getting older now. If I could have something out of the way in the ceiling that might be really fun and useful.
I will post one when it is done. Planning on making a bed like that to raise out of the way for a bus conversion so I have desk room without having to clean the desk everyday...UUGGG!
orvis Cesaro1383 years ago
A vertically-moving murphy bed is one of the greatest ideas I've heard of for a while. You've got me thinking very, very hard about this now.
milamber2 years ago
for those who find the sway discomforting you could minimize it by tying the beds corners to walls (strong points) with paracord or other strong cord
Interesting build. Having designed an unusual bed myself I applaud your ingenuity.

I build a tree "house" for my son that was suspended between two tree trunks using eye bolts screwed into the trees and heavy chains. Hanging the platform from the tree trunks allowed the trees to sway in the breeze without destroying the tree house. I used a set of light chains on the bottom to stabilize the whole thing so it couldn't sway more than about an inch in any direction. You could do something similar by running cables or chains to adjacent walls (or the floor) to limit the range of motion.

Why are you using hooks in the 2x4s at all when you could simply loop the cable under them? Cost would be reduced and maybe strain on the cables too.

I would slide the clamps up to the top near the hooks so you don't poke yourself or snag bedding on the sharp ends of the cables or the bolts.

Finally, I'd check the cable specs and use much beefier hooks to hang the bed. The safety issue isn't so much for the person on the bed as for the person or objects under it.
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That's tree-platform is quite well done! You've also mostly solved the trees-grow-and-shift-over-time issues as well with your suspension.
Command-A (author) 3 years ago
Hello all, I hae read your comments, and I do agree. Some things on this bed can certainly be made safer. I literally just threw this together with one trip to Home depot. This model is more for highlighting the design than anything else. Please feel free to copy and take whateer parts you like, and please be safe. I now live in a different place, on without the bed, and don't have adjusted pictures to put up.

Thanks for all your support for my first instructable!
I wouldn't want to be....Intimate on that. Would start swinging and bash holes in the wall.
cyndielou3 years ago
my mom hung my bed like this when i was a teenager~ an idea from a magazine i'm sure. being a welder, she made the frame from square tubing, the sheetrock not hung yet. ....she used some round rod, made hooks and welded them onto some flat steel and bolted them through the ceiling trusses. we used heavy chain to hang it i have to say it was the grandest thing being 14 or 15 years old!!. i have since seen some light weight couches hung the same way. i have never forgotten it and my do the same sometime in my future. i am now 56 :)
bits613 years ago
When I was a kid, my Dad made a similar bed for my brother! He used really thick rope, and tied it right around the trusses in the attic. He also tied huge knots under the thick plywood he used for the base. I think he also had one side against the wall with a 2x6 screwed to the wall to support that side. It was awesome!! Of course my brother wasn't very heavy, but he did move around a lot up there! :D
Ghalko3 years ago
I really like the idea, but you may want to heed the nicer part of the detracting comments.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyatt_Regency_walkway_collapse - Due to a miscalculation where it looked like they could get away with two lengths of threaded rod rather than one really long length that didn't fit on a truck. A nut failed and caused the whole thing to collapse even though the engineers thought that it was at the 4x standard. Just from people standing on it.

I know this is for your own fun. Just make sure you are all the way on your bed, so you have a nice soft landing, rather than half way on or off. I would suggest a superman entry to evenly spread the load at all times. :) But land vertical so that there isn't too much swinging and denting of walls. ;)
SpencerH3 years ago
Just a quick thought...
If you're making sexy time in your bed and your doing it at its natural frequency = resonance. The thing starts swinging like mad ;)
But then again you have the same problem with a bed with long supports...
dyly SpencerH3 years ago
lol, win
tinker2343 years ago
wow i love this wow hey add sevros and a holde in the celling and make it come down on wires
infraredhot3 years ago
You've made a dangerous error in the way you put on the wire rope clip. The wire ends are swapped, you've saddled a dead horse. Read this for more information http://www.safteng.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=862&Itemid=178.
there are so many things wrong and completely dangerous about this bed.
you need to take a look at how you should use the aircraft cable with an Crosbys. Also those hooks are 1) not rated for a live load AND 2) NOT RATED FOR AN OVERHEAD LOAD.
where are the moderators on this!!
Another thing, often home depot only sells 7x7 wire rope which is not the same as 7x19 wire rope. 7x7 at that diameter is typically not rated for overhead lifting.
We don't need no stinking mods :P

The bed is functional and it works for him. I don't intend on drilling a line of holes through my ceiling to find the studs to hang my bed from but it's an interesting idea.

The discussions on the thread suggest that is might not be that safe, fair enough. As with all instructables, copy at your own risk. The sensible person will look at the instructable and then the comments and improve upon the design. Leave it up so we all learn.

Would more wires help? Surely enough wire would cope with any load (have its own weight which might cause problems with the ceiling but...)

Also if the wire at the top was cut and double over the top hook like it is around the bottom hook would would that double the load the wires can take?
There are several errors in your load calculation.

One, looping the cable over the hook doesn't count as double the strength of the cable; consider the point of failure where it bends around the hook. You have only one cable there, not two, and in fact it is kinked there. The actual strength for the loop of cable is certainly less than the cable's stated strength - I would estimate 50% (160 lbs) tops. The proper way to terminate the cable ends (and approach the 320 lb rating) is with a "thimble" eye loop and a crimped ferrule.

You also fail to take the plywood and 2x4s into consideration, although honestly you're probably okay there.

Most problematic, though is that your calculations assume the load to be evenly distributed over all eight cables. Let's say a 150 lb person climbs onto the bed by the corner. The motion of climbing increases their momentary weight to maybe 200 lbs, and I'd guess that at least 50% of the force would be directed onto that one corner, and the rest by the adjacent cables, at least until the person gets settled in the bed. So at that moment both hooks on that corner are subject to ~100 lbs of force, not even counting the weight of the mattress and frame, which easily exceeds their 75 lb rating. This is what studer.steven was referring to as a "live" load.

When one cable fails in this bed, the adjacent cables are shocked with a sudden extra load, leading to a potentially cascading failure.
This person is absolutely correct.
jeffeb33 years ago
Since you are looping the cable, each one is still 320 lbs. If you strung two separate cables, then it would be 640. It doesn't really matter, because the hooks are still definitely the weak spot. The other reason I wouldn't trust this bed with 600 lbs is that the weakest part of those hooks may be their attachment to the ceiling, not the hooks themselves, which you don't have specifications for.

You should know that you are adding additional stress to the ceiling (which might be ok if you aren't overloading the floor above, but definitely not ok on the top floor of your house (the attic/roof may not have been designed strong enough for that additional load).

Pretty clever solution to the "I can't get by bed springs downstairs" problem.
canida3 years ago
Eyebolts are a better choice than hooks; I'd strongly recommend subbing them out.
dtoma4 years ago
Lovely id be better if it were a water bed, what it there were a earth quake while you were sleeping and one or more of them broak.  Then what.
Command-A (author)  dtoma3 years ago
If your in an earthquake where the force is enough to break the ceiling trusses holding you up, the bed is the least of your worries! I don't believe an earthquake would rock the bed any more than a pillow fight, but again, this bed isn't for everyone!
um you will bounce out of the hooks in an earthquake, or just some fun in bed can do that.
theexpert3 years ago
you need 16 8 on top 8 on the bed
Command-A (author)  theexpert3 years ago
Thanks, I missed that one!
Skai4 years ago
This is really cool, really pushing the concepts of construction. Well done, too, it looks great. I'm really interested in loft beds that are able to have something underneath, so I'm thinking that if I were to make this than I would want to add on a ladder of some sort, maybe one that retracts into the bed and back out with a push of a button or something. Thing is, I'm really just in the market, as far as I know financially, for apartments. If only I could find a cheap duplex!!!!!!!! or get a really cool land lord that I could convince that I'd repair the ceiling where the trusses were! Any thoughts on this? I think this is pretty much the ultimate in bed design. Really, well done :)