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

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

    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)

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Step 1: First Step Is Gathering Supplies

     The hardest thing I had to do what make the (economical and safety) choices to ensure the best way to DIY. The trip to Home Depot should only take one try. I bought everything I needed from there and spent about $90.00 

8"                 Wall or ceiling hooks  (x 16)

3/32"           Coated wire                  (x 60 Feet)

3/32"           Wire Clamps                 (x 16)(-Come in 3 Packs)
Same Thread SAFETY NUTS        (x 32 TO ENSURE THE CLAMPS NO NOT SLIP)

2" x 4"         Board                             (x 4)(-84" Boards)

84" x 60"    Plywood Sheet             (x 1)


Drill of Choice



     I wanted this project to be safe as well as fun. It puts me to sleep faster than Ambien and Scotch. It should be noted this bed moves with your natural body movement. Until I slept in this bed it wasn't something that was clear to me. When suspended you are able to moves forward backward and side to side without much resistance, and this is what can makes some folks feel motion sickness. To my understanding it is just a false sense of security many beds provide that this one does not. It moves exactly reflective of your own movement.

     When I said this project was rated to 600 pounds that is the amount the weakest link can safely ensure. The weight rating on the Hooks is 75 lbs. per on a vertical load. (That drops to 35 for  a horizontal load) This means that with 8 hooks the vertical safe load is 600 lbs. The cable is doubled over and rated at 320 pounds, so each loop is viable at 640 lbs. The clamps have a rating of 200 lbs. and since we are using 2 clamps per loop of cable this is overall a very safe setup.

Hook Load     (8 X 75LBS = 600lbs)

Cable Load    (640 X 8 = 5120 lbs)

Clamp Load   (200 X 16 = 3200 lbs




Step 2: Assembling the Frame.

 The next few steps could be in any order, this is just the order I choose. 

In this step we need 3 of the supplies; The Drill, the Plywood Sheet, and the 2x4's

1)  Place the 2 x 4's evenly along the length of the plywood sheet. They should be roughly 1/4 of the length apart. They do need to be spaced evenly to disperse the weight, balance, and load. The easiest way is to place the starter board at the beginning and the end board at the other end. Then divide the distance for the remaining two 2x4's.

2)  Screw 4 screws into each board using (4) 2" wood screw.

3)  Do this for each board so you have 4 evenly spaced boards. This ensures the best weight distribution.

4)  Clip off any screw heads on the opposite side of the board to prevent scratches on walls, floors, ect.

I know the frame looks pretty weak, but I am broke and in college. I  would love to have made this from exotic wood with polished stainless hooks, and plywood & deck screw will have to work. 

Step 3: Getting Hooked

This is the most important part of the project. If you get this wrong, or install this bed into a ceiling that is not load bearing, you could seriously injure yourself. Please understand you just might not be able to install this bed. If you are, test each hook individually for hanging the bed.

Use a stud finder to locate the trusses. 

I would suggest finding any trusses in an unfinished part of the house (attic or furnace room) where you can actually see and measure the trusses without having to cut sheetrock from the ceiling first. As I learned, and as you can see by the photo, I figured they would extend across the basement from the unfinished room to bed placement. My drill holes tell a different story and that's when i realized they were not the same boards. 

Measure your drill holes in conjunction where the 8 2x4's terminate. You don't want the bed to pull on the hook except for downward. This could possible work a hook loose after time?

Using your stud finder locate the sides of each truss, as to measure your hole in the middle.

I went ahead and cut all the sheetrock so I could visually see the hole in the wood as a whole. You might run the risk of drilling off mark in the middle of the wood if you don't verify hole placement. Especially with a cheap stud finer. 

I drilled out most of the size of the hooks screw. The truss wood is very strong, but without pre-drilling I was certain the truss would crack. The threads are what hold the weight. As will most drill holes, slightly smaller than the screw.

Repeat process 15 times for all your contact points. 

To install the hook into the 2x4's the process is the same. 

I did use a smaller bit for the 2x4's because the wood is much softer than the truss word, and has more give.

You want the hooks as tight as possible for maximum tension.



Step 4: String It Up, and Let the Sway Begin!

This is the step that is the biggest safety issue for the bed. These wires and clamps must be done right!

Depending on how high you want your bed will determine the length of wire you will need to cut for each hook set.

Mine were 5 feet apart, so each cable needed to be 126 inches long. We're looping the cables and need a few extra inches for the clamps. 

Cut the wire to desired length

Loop cable with few extra inches for double cable clamp crimp. 

Make 8 total, and tighten them just enough to bear 20 pounds or so. The friction of the plastic on the cable was enough to keep it snug without being too tight.  You will waste much time if you over tighten and lock too quickly. This is the only part of the bed that is adjustable, so you must complete this step later on after hanging the bed. 

Hang all 8 loops over installed ceiling hooks. 

Hang bed hooks into cable loops. Presto!

Now you can begin the process of making your bed level. This is done by pulling more or less cable through the clamp to adjust that loop length with the others. Once you have made your bed level, tighten down on the clamp bolts, and then add the safety washer. 


Step 5: Get Down

Now that you have the coolest bed in the city, (Unless you have the bed that floats on magnets) you will have no problem finding dates for Valentines day, or opposition to watching a movie on your laptop and cuddle. 

You could attach a projector to the bed and use the ceiling as the screen! That was my next plan, but the smaller projectors were just coming out and I thought they were overpriced. 
Imagine going from a livingroom like this, to a regular bed...

But now you have your heavenly bed!

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    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!

    I would totally build this if I lived in Australia.

    I like this idea but not so much the large hooks on the frame supporting the bed. I would use large eye hooks to avoid the gouging of body parts and such. And those 2x4s sticking out like that? How does one make the bed, etc... without running into those? I love this idea, but I would have to change the platform and maybe even eliminate the hooks altogether. Run the cables through holes and under the platform and only at the top and foot of the bed..

    A very nice idea indeed, but can you screw on it? Bed would literally be swinging every which way! More likely it would break!

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    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!

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    So glad you see an opportunity to have some fun! I had a blast, and was easy to put up and take down~!

    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.

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    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!

    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.

    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.

    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!

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    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 :)

    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