DIY Pallet Swing Bed

DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
Oh the endless things you can do with pallets! A swing bed has been on my “Mike To-Make List” for some time (oh how long that list is! 😉 ). And we’ve had some pallets sitting in the yard just waiting for a good DIY project. (So really I’m just trying to help Mike get things cleaned up outside…)
Swinging has to be my all time favorite childhood activity. And swinging while laying down? A lazy girl’s dream come true! And how dreamy this bed is. I could easily spend my days here, swinging the summer away. (That’s definitely wishful thinking! Even though it looks like that’s what I do in these pictures, Caitlin took these photos after the boys were in bed. The only time we seem to be able to get anything done!)
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
There are a number of ways you can make these swing beds. They can be as simple as just using a pallet and rope. This DIY is for the specific way we made ours, which was to fit a twin size mattress.  It still was a very simple and quick project, even with a few extra steps.

What you’ll need:

  • pallets
  • 2 x 4 lumber (we used three 8-foot pieces)
  • drill
  • screws
  • saw
  • measuring tape
  • rope**
  • mattress or cushion (we used a standard twin mattress)
  • 2-3 vinyl zippered mattress covers*

DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
How to do it:

          • Measure the size of the mattress or cushion you’re putting on the pallet and figure out how many pallets you’ll need to use to fit your mattress on. We used 2 pallets and added additional pieces in the middle to get the right length for ours. (We added 12 inches to the middle. The total length of our pallet was 80 inches.) Take into account the space you’ll need for the rope at the ends.
          • Slide the 2 x 4’s through the inside of the pallets, one on each inside edge of the pallet and one through the middle.
          • Screw the 2 x 4’s to the sides and middle of the pallet.
          • If needed, add additional boards from another pallet to your main piece, we added two boards from a broken down pallet to the middle of ours.
          • Cut off 2 x 4’s that are hanging past the length of the pallets.
          • Drill holes in the four corners of the pallet, both the top and bottom boards of the pallet. Make sure the hole is big enough for the rope to fit through.
          • Thread the rope through the hole, making sure rope goes under the bottom of the pallet and around the 2×4 (see picture below).  Tie securely.  
          • Tie rope securely to tree.
          • Enclose mattress in vinyl covers.  Place on top of swing.

*Not necessary, but will keep your mattress dry & protected
**We used a solid braid pro-grade rope. Look for a rope that won’t rot or break down easily and that has a high working load limit – 700 pounds or higher would be ideal. They have a big selection in home improvement stores, like Home Depot (where ours is from).
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
We also covered our mattress with 2 vinyl zippered mattress covers to protect it from moisture and bugs.  Ugh – these bugs.  I think I’ll actually enjoy using this swing more come fall – with cooler air and less bugs around!  (And while we’re talking about summer, I’ll just mention that I realize I have dirty feet in these pictures…I like to refer to them as “summer feet”.  Cause I run around in sandals or barefoot all summer.).
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought
DIY Pallet Swing Bed @themerrythought

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Enjoy those lazy days of summer!

– Manda

  • KristenThursday, July 18, 2013 - 9:54 am

    oh my goodness, this is PERFECT! ah! i want to come swing on yours! (and amen to the bugs… i would be swinging in a snowsuit in the dead of winter just to escape those awful little things).ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, July 19, 2013 - 5:59 pm

      Haa – Kristen please come swing on my bed in the winter with a snowsuit on!! That would make my day! 🙂ReplyCancel

      • ChristinaTuesday, March 18, 2014 - 6:09 am

        Please use “cambium protectors” (a sleeve that protects the rope from cutting into the bark) to keep your tree friend happy.

        Happy swinging!

        • SteveFriday, March 21, 2014 - 7:50 pm

          That’s a great idea! Thanks for posting it! I hadn’t given thought to that part of it since I hope to make this soon. Yes, I want to protect the tree it’s going on for sure!ReplyCancel

        • pamSunday, March 30, 2014 - 2:45 pm

          What is cambium protectors and where do I get them?ReplyCancel

          • DanaSunday, June 7, 2015 - 6:38 am

            Leather sleeves to put on the rope

          • SelenaMonday, June 8, 2015 - 11:52 am

            we used an old water hose for the rope to protect the tree. worked great

      • KimberlySaturday, June 6, 2015 - 3:51 am

        Mandy, what would be a great “pallet” diy, for the “swinging treeless” city folk? I live in the city so to speak but…..yet it’s country (does this make me sound stupid?) Any way, we are a country city with a population of less the 1,200!!! Just curious to see what you could recommend, oh BTW, my yard is extremely small!ReplyCancel

        • MandaTuesday, June 16, 2015 - 10:12 am

          Hi Kimberly – some commenters have suggested using a swing-set frame to hang their bed from, so that’s something you could try, just be sure it’s stable enough. I would also maybe try sizing it down and using a toddler/crib size mattress instead of the twin size. It’d fit better in a smaller yard, but still be cozy enough to sit/lounge on. (We have a toddler bed in our home that I do sit on, so I know it’s big enough for an adult, you just wouldn’t be able to “lay down”.) That’s all I can think of at the moment! Hope it helps! 🙂ReplyCancel

        • Missy MayMonday, June 22, 2015 - 1:47 pm

          My next project!!! Don’t have a big tree to hang it from but… I’m redoing my enclosed porch as we speak, there are hooks already in the ceiling from the people who lived here before us, they must have had a porch swing, lol, this is way better than getting a swing, thank you for sharing!!#ReplyCancel

        • KimbaFriday, July 3, 2015 - 10:06 pm

          We’re in the country, but on a city lot and I love this idea. We’ve got a deck
          section that I’ve been wanting to put a platform bed, but the foam has held me back from putting it in place. It will not swing, but how sweet would it be to have a covered spot to curl up and take a nap or read a book? 🙂 I’m wondering if the vinyl covers really do the trick keeping moisture out, and if it makes a noise every time you move around on it? If not, this is the ticket for my little spot.ReplyCancel

          • MandaMonday, July 6, 2015 - 11:54 am

            We’ve had a little water get in ours, but they also did get torn from my boys jumping on it, so that could have been the reason. They do make a little bit of noise when moving around, but I don’t think it’s too noticeable.

          • Jules Wallace-GawlickSunday, July 19, 2015 - 8:57 pm

            if it’s just a foam covered with cloth, would spraying it with a water proof spray be helpful instead of a mattress cover if it’s indoors so to speak?

          • MandaMonday, July 20, 2015 - 3:29 pm

            I think that would work ok if it wasn’t really out getting rained on.

          • colleenMonday, July 20, 2015 - 4:42 pm

            or use a flannel-backed oilcloth tablecloth to cover the foam

          • SnooshThursday, August 20, 2015 - 12:34 am

            ~ Just an idea, You can also spray the mattress/cushion w/ water proofing for tents. Works like a charm as an extra protection. : ) ~

          • LorrieThursday, April 28, 2016 - 8:29 pm

            Most Fabric stores sell outdoor fabric for covering furniture cushions. You could use that and “outdoor” formula ScotchGuard. Most fabric stores sell that also during the summer months. I’m thinking about using this stuff with a 6″ or thicker memory foam mattress that I can cut to the exact size I want. I like the comment about using a hose to protect the tree from the rope. Knots would hold the hose into place. Using an outdoor table cloth was a good idea too. I might add that in between the foam and fabric as extra protection. Maybe I’ll try all this before I sew it all together so I can tweak it if I need to. I want something that will breathe but still be waterproof. Thanks for the ideas!

        • Michael Joseph CramerThursday, July 9, 2015 - 3:07 pm

          Find good stable supports in your ceiling and use heave duty anchors to hook it into the ceiling supports. That way you can have it indoors, use it any time, and is very fun to show people in an apartment or city home.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty@Bowerbird BlueThursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:14 am

    this really appeals to my inner lazy, beautifulReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, July 19, 2013 - 6:00 pm

      Yes, it’s perfect for the lazy days of summer!ReplyCancel

  • RebekahThursday, July 18, 2013 - 11:02 am

    oh I so want one of these such a beautiful diy – you girls have the dreamiest yard!!ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, July 19, 2013 - 6:01 pm

      Thanks Rebekah! And we do love our country setting – it’s great for the boys to run around!ReplyCancel

  • VevaFriday, July 19, 2013 - 6:54 am

    OMG! great DIY!

  • Victoria / Justice PirateFriday, July 19, 2013 - 10:59 am

    What a wonderful job. This is gorgeous. What a beautiful backyard too with so much running space. Totally love the idea of reading there! I read a lot but we have so many houses so close by and rent in a duplex. This is so dreamy!!!!ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, July 19, 2013 - 6:08 pm

      Thanks Victoria. We’re happy with our country space. It makes a fun place for our little guys. And I grew up in the city with so many houses surrounding our backyard – so I can relate to your situation.
      I am most definitely a bookworm – I could spend hours and hours reading every day if three little boys ever would let that happen! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • BrittniFriday, July 19, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    This is amazing! I wish I had a tree that I could use for something like this.ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, July 19, 2013 - 6:09 pm

      Thanks Brittni! I am so thankful that we have a few good “swing trees” in our yard!ReplyCancel

    • nancySunday, May 18, 2014 - 5:35 pm

      You can use 4th post to achieve the same effectReplyCancel

  • JordanFriday, July 19, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    This is so magical!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel | 52 Weeks ProjectFriday, July 19, 2013 - 11:50 pm

    You and this project are amazing! I wish we were neighbors!ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, July 30, 2013 - 8:54 am

      Aw – thanks so much Rachel! If we were neighbors you could swing on my swing anytime! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • kaloskraftSaturday, July 20, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Oh man, I think I need one!ReplyCancel

  • LiekeSaturday, July 20, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    That looks heavenly!! We’re just waiting for our trees to grow a little bigger so we can try this!ReplyCancel

  • EmilySaturday, July 20, 2013 - 11:18 pm

    So cute!!! If you wanted to stay out there on a summer day you could get a mosquito net to hang from the tree too!


    • MandaTuesday, July 30, 2013 - 8:51 am

      Emily- good idea with the mosquito net!ReplyCancel

  • OttilieSunday, July 21, 2013 - 7:09 am

    I just saw this post, I need such a bed for my little garden! I have to start right now… Thank youReplyCancel

  • 2moiselles-happy-lookeusesSunday, July 21, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Very nice pictures. I like a lot your idea!ReplyCancel

  • Green Dot CreationsMonday, July 22, 2013 - 5:26 am

    I adore this blog post! Greatly inspirational, I’m totally giving this a try! Thank you so very much! Have a nice day! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Graciela Cruz MartinezSunday, July 28, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    Beautiful dress!ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, July 30, 2013 - 8:51 am

      Thank you – it’s one of my favorites! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • TessaMonday, July 29, 2013 - 4:59 am

    Hi Manda! Just wondering if you had problems fitting two people on this and if it swung too much? 🙂ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, July 30, 2013 - 8:49 am

      Tessa – it’s a regular twin mattress. My husband & I can both fit on it just fine, but it’s not like we have tons of space. It definitely doesn’t swing too much, it’s pretty heavy, so you need to push it to keep it going.ReplyCancel

  • Lana DavisMonday, July 29, 2013 - 9:51 am

    I want this with a mosquito net on it.ReplyCancel

  • Lan | morestomachMonday, July 29, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    this is the most beautiful thing i’ve seen all day.ReplyCancel

  • KaylenePTuesday, July 30, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    Wow, great job! I am mentally trying to work out where I can put one of these in my garden!ReplyCancel

  • MeganFriday, August 2, 2013 - 1:11 am

    What kind of rope? This is coolReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, August 6, 2013 - 9:26 am

      We used a solid braid pro-grade rope. Look for a rope that won’t rot or break down easily and that has a high working load limit – 700 pounds or higher would be ideal. They have a big selection in home improvement stores, like Home Depot (where ours is from).ReplyCancel

      • LoriSunday, March 15, 2015 - 11:11 pm

        What kind of knot did you tie to keep it secure? I’m thinking of making two of these to hang under my deck for my kids to swing on…do you have any trouble with the mattress sliding around when you get and off it? Thanks!! 🙂ReplyCancel

        • MandaMonday, March 16, 2015 - 10:23 am

          Hi Lori – My husband was the one that tied the knots for our swing, and I’m not really sure that I could write up the explanation for how he did it. Maybe try googling tying knots and see if you can find anything on the web? I think a video would be helpful to see, maybe there’s good video tutorials on youtube?? Sorry I can’t help with that. And no, we don’t have any trouble with the mattress sliding around, the wood is a little rough, so that seems to keep the mattress in place, even with the vinyl cover on it. So glad you’re going to make some – enjoy them! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DebbieSunday, August 4, 2013 - 9:12 am

    Great idea… No trees here big enough yet.. But have a huge wrap around porch….hmmm… And to help with those mosquitos.. Plant you some mint around thoses trees,,that will help and smell wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer @ Town and Country LivingSunday, August 4, 2013 - 9:56 pm

    What a great idea. Love this!ReplyCancel

  • Wolf Henegar L. FayWednesday, August 7, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Did it and absolutely love my down time relaxing on it. Thank you for this great idea and the instructions on how to make my very own.
    L. Fay Wolf HenegarReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, August 12, 2013 - 2:00 pm

      Ah – your swing looks so great! I’m so happy to see that ours inspired you to make one! They are simply the best, aren’t they?!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleFriday, August 9, 2013 - 2:43 am

    Great DIY!! How exactly did you tie the rope to hold it up safely?ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, August 12, 2013 - 2:03 pm

      Hi Nicole! My husband was the one that tied the knots for our swing, and I’m not really sure that I could write up the explanation for how he did it. Maybe trying googling tying knots and see if you can find anything on the web? I think a video would be helpful to see, maybe there’s good video tutorials on youtube?? Sorry I can’t help with that….ReplyCancel

      • RichelleSaturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:05 am

        There’s an app for ur iPhone called knots 3D. It shows you how to make almost every knot out there. You can make it go slow or back up. It takes you step by step.ReplyCancel

  • InmaWednesday, August 14, 2013 - 4:34 am

    OMG! It´s perfect, but we´ll need a tree too, jejejeReplyCancel

  • TylerWednesday, August 14, 2013 - 10:56 am

    What happens if it rains?ReplyCancel

    • MandaWednesday, August 14, 2013 - 5:27 pm

      Hi Tyler – As mentioned in the post, there’s two vinyl covers over the mattress. So far, they’ve been keeping it dry, and we’ve had quite a bit of rain. Fingers crossed it keeps working! 🙂ReplyCancel

      • JacineThursday, August 15, 2013 - 9:40 pm

        How many feet of rope did you use?ReplyCancel

        • MandaFriday, August 16, 2013 - 9:10 am

          Jacine – we bought a 100 foot coil of rope and had rope left over. How much you use will be determined by how high up your branch is (ours is pretty high) and how high off the ground you want your swing (we made ours so you could sit on the edge and have your feet touch the ground still – about how high up a porch swing would be…remember to take into account the mattress on top giving it added height).ReplyCancel

  • annaSunday, August 18, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    thanks for sharing you’re an inspiration!!ReplyCancel

  • Rev. Jim PersingerWednesday, August 21, 2013 - 7:58 am

    Love the idea and love the “summer feet”. Being barefoot is natural and healthy. I live bare foot year ’round, even in the snow. I’ll definitely be making one of these beds very soon and I expect I’ll use it all year long. I can see me using a mosquito net in the Summer and a sleeping bag in the Winter.ReplyCancel

  • Brandi B.Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 2:45 am

    I’m thinking about hanging one in my daughter’s room!ReplyCancel

  • TULANISunday, August 25, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    This is an excellent DIY project! This could be hung from a tree branch, or if you do not wish to do that, you can sink 2.5 inch diameter or 3 inch diameter galvanized pipes in the ground(1 – 10 foot pipe for each side – for 2 “legs”) and hang the bed from that. 2.5 inch pipe or 3 inch pipe will be enough to hold the heaviest of people.ReplyCancel

  • JenniferWednesday, August 28, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    I love this, but can’t put pipes in the ground where I am and I have no trees. I AM however daydreaming about mounting this to a couple of 4×4’s or such and putting a canopy on the top, maybe a privacy blind up the back to keep my neighbours eyes out. What a glorious daybed this would be!!ReplyCancel

  • ChrissandraThursday, August 29, 2013 - 7:21 am

    I think I’ll make one, but I’ll attach a bug net like you would use over a bed in tropical areas. It’ll look like a canopy swing bed! If this happens, I’ll be sure to share pictures, thanks for the great tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Karen DrysdaleFriday, August 30, 2013 - 1:32 am

    Luv itReplyCancel

  • LandisWednesday, September 4, 2013 - 10:40 am

    Did you treat the wood pallets with anything so it doesn’t rot?ReplyCancel

    • MandaWednesday, September 4, 2013 - 4:49 pm

      We did not treat out pallet wood with anything. It is something you could definitely do though. (Good thought!)ReplyCancel

  • TessaSunday, September 8, 2013 - 12:05 am

    How did you get it over the branches Manda? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LauraMonday, September 16, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    How did you get the 2X4s through the pallets? Mine won’t fit through bc the fit is so tight.ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, September 16, 2013 - 7:52 pm

      Laura – I’m not sure why yours won’t fit…maybe your pallet is a little smaller? It was tight, but ours went through. You could use a saw and cut the 2x4s a little smaller. Or try a different pallet and see if they can fit through that one. ?? Sorry you’re having trouble with that.ReplyCancel

  • PauletteSaturday, September 28, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    You could purchase a huge mozzie net and drape that over, no more bugs while reading… i have one over our queen bed on back patio, its blissReplyCancel

    • Kris PinderSunday, December 29, 2013 - 5:59 pm

      This is such a wonderful idea. Also one of my FAVORITE childhood pastimes as well. Have been looking for a number of types of swings, (seats, seats w/backs, hammocks, etc.) I found an excellent idea when you and a few others mentioned “bugs”. There are many holistic and homemade deterrents. The one thing I saw that intrigued me most is a soapy solution. And even better yet, their idea of how to disperse the home made product. Soap is a very good bug repellent and killer. They use it in a BUBBLE machine. Guess I’m a big kid at heart. (I like going without shoes a lot and already have the bubble machine and no kids at home-lol) Thanks again for your brilliant idea(s) and keep them coming. And here’s the link for the bubble machine solution. Bubbles AND a swing…you can’t go wrong!!

  • fioSunday, December 29, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    Nice idea, but what kinds of tie rope must do for a secure itReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, December 30, 2013 - 7:57 am

      We used a solid braid pro-grade rope. Look for a rope that won’t rot or break down easily and that has a high working load limit – 700 pounds or higher would be ideal. They have a big selection in home improvement stores, like Home Depot (where ours is from).ReplyCancel

  • Marc VinciSunday, December 29, 2013 - 9:00 pm

    Hi Manda,
    How did you tie up the ropes? Any chance of a close up of the knots?ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, December 30, 2013 - 7:53 am

      Hi Marc – my husband tied the knots on the swing. I’m not really sure how he did it. I guess I would try googling different kinds of knots, or searching for videos on how to tie secure knots.ReplyCancel

  • ArunThursday, January 2, 2014 - 7:36 am

    I like this blog very much ! A wonderful idea to make use of old wooden pallets.

    Dubai PalletsReplyCancel

  • AnonymousFriday, January 17, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    Love Love Love This!!!ReplyCancel

  • salpal1Monday, January 20, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    this is exactly what I came online to look for! We have a new screened porch that is crying out for a place for me to nap. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Vickie PostonMonday, January 27, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    I have a small upstairs bedroom that this would work perfectly in. LOVE IT.ReplyCancel

  • joe howardWednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:19 pm

    to coolReplyCancel

  • ShirleyMonday, March 3, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    This is one easy project to make. What more perfect than a swinging bed under an old oak treeReplyCancel

  • LineMoWednesday, March 5, 2014 - 4:08 am

    Found you via Pinterest.
    This is such at great idea, I wonder if I could use this and tweak it just a bit så I could make a porchswing with a back.
    And a moskitonet should sort the bug problem.
    I dream of sleeping outside when the weather is to hot in summer.ReplyCancel

  • Paula BrandonTuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:42 am

    I love this! I’m going to buy the material and try to get my husband to help me. Several years ago we had a burst of tornados straight winds that took out my trendline. Do you think a steel hammock design would work for the pallet bed design?ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, March 18, 2014 - 9:26 pm

      Hi Paula – I’m not sure if it would work with a steel hammock frame. I would guess probably not, because the ropes seem like they need to be hanging vertical, but I’m not positive on this. Sorry I can’t help more…ReplyCancel

      • AmberSaturday, May 17, 2014 - 2:50 am

        What about using an old swing frame?ReplyCancel

        • MandaSunday, May 18, 2014 - 1:26 pm

          Sure! If you have one that’s sturdy and the right size for what you want – try it out!ReplyCancel

      • ShirleyFriday, April 17, 2015 - 12:33 am

        Why not use an old kids swing set frame? It would be strong and cheap and you could paint it any color you want. Do you think this would work when you don’t have trees to hold the bed. If you were you were afraid it would tip you could cement a larger pole in the ground then put the legs into the cemented pole. This way you could move it in the winter or bad weather. Would this work?ReplyCancel

  • Denise GallTuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:48 am

    I just love this, Thank you for posting. I will share on my page if you dont mind. Smile God loves You!ReplyCancel

    • Denise GallTuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:54 am

      Thank you Janice McElroy for sharing on fb. This swing in your yard would be the icing on the cake. Your place is home in every aspect of an back yard dreams or ideas………..Really is beautiful and comfortable….So well kept…….. Smile, God loves You….ReplyCancel

  • karlheinzgarberKarl-HeinzWednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:41 am

    I just love this DIY Pallet Swing Bed, Thank you for posting.
    I have built a similar bed.
    I will share on my page “Blog AN|NA” if you dont mind.
    I ask for your approval.

    Thanks Karl-HeinzReplyCancel

    • MandaThursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:57 am

      Thanks for the kind words Karl! Your pallet bed looks great!! If you’d like to share one photo from our post with a link back on your blog, that’s fine!ReplyCancel

      • Karl-HeinzFriday, March 28, 2014 - 6:45 am

        Thank you Manda for sharing on my Blog.
        Best regards Karl-HeinzReplyCancel

  • DebbieTuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:51 pm

    I’m so going to make this but I got to find a good tree to hold it firstReplyCancel

  • virginnyMonday, April 7, 2014 - 9:41 pm

    romantic, tranquil,,,,,,coooool…..lolReplyCancel

  • sueTuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    Will try and put one together when my son comes out to stay for Easter!ReplyCancel

  • ClintWednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    A figure 8 follow through would be an ideal knot to attach the pallets. To tie the tree, a simple half hitch would work fine.ReplyCancel

  • betty carterSunday, April 13, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    If you have no trees big enough you put a 4×4 frame in the ground secured with concrete. I am planning on putting a couple by our fire pit also one could use pieces of a water hose to run the rope through to protect tree branches.ReplyCancel

  • JennaSunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    We made our pallet bed a week ago and just love it! We bring our mattress in every night with the rain we’ve been having!!! So glad I found this idea! My girls are enjoying it as well!ReplyCancel

  • kimberlee martinezMonday, April 14, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    What would you say the weight limit is on this?ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, April 14, 2014 - 7:30 pm

      Hi Kimberlee – I can’t really give a weight limit for this as it will vary depending on the rope you use and the strength of your pallets (all pallets are different). Just be sure to check the working load limit on the rope you use, that will give you the best idea. (I gave details on the rope we used in the directions). That being said – we have had a couple of adults plus kids on our swing all at the same time and it’s still holding strong!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethTuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:55 pm

    I have great big old trees about 10-12′ apart. Can this bed swing be hung between two trees so far apart ?ReplyCancel

    • MandaSaturday, April 19, 2014 - 3:40 pm

      The ropes need to hang straight up and down, so I don’t think hanging it from two different trees would work.ReplyCancel

  • PoppuFriday, April 18, 2014 - 1:54 am

    as an interior application, using rope pulleys, and securing into support beams, I wonder if it would work to pull it up to the ceiling to create usable floor space when not in use. The replacement to the murphy bed. thooughts?ReplyCancel

    • MandaSaturday, April 19, 2014 - 3:43 pm

      Sure, probably if the pulley was strong enough and the ropes were attached securely to beams that would work! Good thought!ReplyCancel

  • brittanymakesFriday, April 25, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    GAH this is so stinkin cute!ReplyCancel

  • MargieSaturday, May 17, 2014 - 7:08 am

    fantastic idea, thanks 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LouAnneWednesday, May 21, 2014 - 7:47 am

    I am thinking about making one for my daughter! She is 4 and lives being outside. I have a perfect oak that I have hung different swings to and still have room for more. I am thinking of downsizing the bed to fit her old crib mattress since it is just sitting around now anyways. Would be great place for her to take her daily nap!ReplyCancel

  • Gail SalceiroFriday, May 30, 2014 - 2:40 am

    How did you tie the knot to hold the ropes from the bed to the ropes from the tree?ReplyCancel

    • MandaSaturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:23 pm

      We tied a knot in the section of the rope coming down from the tree, then knotted the ropes coming up from the bed above the knot that was already tied, to keep the the knots from slipping down.ReplyCancel

  • sinfullysweetsoapTuesday, June 10, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    BEST Book EVAH~!ReplyCancel

  • daleMonday, June 16, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    I haven’t read through all the post but one thing I may suggest is using some pvc pipes cut to fit inside the pallet and run the rope through them so the rope doesn’t rub against the wood and wear on it.ReplyCancel

  • LindsayMonday, June 30, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    I’m considering making this! But, I have a question about it’s “swing-ability” (is that a word?). Does this naturally sway/swing in the breeze, or is it so heavy that you don’t really move any more than if it were on the ground? I know this is an older post, but hopefully you still check the comments. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • landisMonday, June 30, 2014 - 10:51 pm

      I made one and it doesn’t swing in the breeze. It’s too heavy:( but it’s nice.ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, June 30, 2014 - 11:00 pm

      Hi Lindsay – I would say it swings like a porch swing does. It is heavy, so it doesn’t sway in the breeze very much, but if you sit on it, and push with your legs, it will swing and can swing high (depending on the rope length). We recently hung another rope from a nearby branch that goes down to the pallet swing, so now we can sit on the swing and use that rope to pull the swing when we want it to swing, without having to put our legs down to give it a push. Haa – super lazy. 🙂 Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • lyndseyMonday, July 7, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    How much rope did you use? Not sure how to figure that out…ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, July 8, 2014 - 8:16 am

      The amount of rope you need will depend on how high your branch is – so you’d have to figure it out based on that – you’ll need a lot more if the branch you’re hanging it from is high (ours is pretty high), and need less if the branch you’re hanging it from is lower.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn MilfordSaturday, July 26, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    For those who do not have good trees available for this, find someone who has an old (but still usable) swing set that child has out grown. Remove the swings and use the frame for your swing. Can be painted any color to match other yard furniture you may already have, just be sure to use something like rustolium (sp?) to protect from rusting, and you can cut an old garden hose to protect the ropes.ReplyCancel

  • colleenMonday, August 25, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    could one pallet be rigged as a swing for kids? not a bed swing, but a play swing? suggestions on adapting for this use would be appreciated! love your ideas!ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, August 25, 2014 - 3:43 pm

      Hi Colleen – yes, I’m sure you could use pallet wood to make a swing for kids. We recently featured a post on making your own tree swing, and you could probably use pallet wood for that. You can see the tutorial for that here:

  • Bryan FlakeFriday, October 31, 2014 - 10:14 am

    That pallet swing bed is so cool. Sometimes it is hard not to get stuck in a regular hammock. I know the mattress I would use on this hammock too. ReplyCancel

  • La-Z-Boy LynnwoodFriday, December 19, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Everybody seems to love the swing and having a hanging daybed seems like a child’s dream. Thanks for posting.ReplyCancel

  • PaulFriday, January 30, 2015 - 4:35 pm

    Absolutely love this! Where do you get pallets? Or do you make your own?ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, February 2, 2015 - 10:27 am

      Hi Paul – you can usually find free pallets from businesses that are looking to get rid of them, a good source to check is Craigslist.ReplyCancel

  • RachelMonday, February 16, 2015 - 1:11 pm

    This is so fab! Do you think that it would also work indoors for in a bedroom if you found a way to attach it to the ceiling? Any ideas how I’d go about that without ending up making something that’s going to collapse in the middle of the night?


    • MandaTuesday, February 17, 2015 - 12:16 am

      Hi Rachel – it could probably work if you have sturdy enough framing in the ceiling. You’d need to use something like heavy duty eye bolts to suspend the bed from. You could check at your local hardware store to see if they had any thoughts on what would work best. Just make sure you’re certain everything is very secure before getting in bed!ReplyCancel

  • Marti @ SewliciousHomeDecorMonday, February 16, 2015 - 9:12 pm

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! Now I’ve got to have one!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DB LandesMonday, February 23, 2015 - 8:29 pm

    Hi! I can’t wait to make one of these. But did you know your photos are being shared by some sites without giving you credit? I just deleted a pin from one of those sites and then tracked you down.ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, February 23, 2015 - 10:09 pm

      Yes, we’ve seen these photos used without permission over & over – it’s unfortunate that others can’t share & pin fairly and try to profit from our hard work! We really appreciate that you took the time to track us down and delete the incorrect pin – it means so much, thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaSunday, March 29, 2015 - 4:21 pm

    Hi There. You have had this post up for a while now…have you had any problems with water leaking into your mattress??ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, March 31, 2015 - 8:30 am

      Hey Jessica – sent you an email last night!ReplyCancel

      • Sarah PhamThursday, April 2, 2015 - 11:48 am

        Same question! Do you haul in the mattress when you aren’t using it? Thanks!ReplyCancel

        • MandaThursday, April 2, 2015 - 4:33 pm

          Hi Sarah – I think it’s your best bet for making sure your mattress stays completely dry. That being said, you’d need decent storage space to be able to do that if you’re using a bigger mattress. We do not bring it in, but we used an old mattress that we were going to get rid of anyhow, so we knew we wouldn’t care if it got ruined. Covering it with a tarp when not using it is another option – we do do that sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah PhamThursday, April 2, 2015 - 11:45 am

    Summer feet! I call them that too!!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene UhlSunday, April 5, 2015 - 4:50 am

    My trees are not big, so I built a swing fitting in this empty space on my terrass.
    I hung my GARDEN BED on it like a huge swing set.ReplyCancel

  • Lena MillerFriday, April 17, 2015 - 1:27 am

    How would I do this bed except fullsize and make it so that I could raise & lower it????ReplyCancel

  • DebraSunday, April 26, 2015 - 8:55 pm

    Can you ask your husband what size solid braid rope you guys used? Was it 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, or 5/8? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, April 27, 2015 - 9:05 am

      It was 1/2.ReplyCancel

      • DebraSunday, May 17, 2015 - 9:38 am

        Manda, Rope store guys recommend adding arms and hanging the bed from the arms, as opposed to the base, in order to raise the center of gravity to stabilize the bed (so it teeters less). Based on your experience, is teetering a problem? If you were to build a second bed would you add the arms and try hanging it from them? Would you change anything in the design? Thanks so much for your help!ReplyCancel

        • MandaSunday, May 17, 2015 - 5:33 pm

          Hi Debra – we’ve never had a problem with the bed teetering. It’s really stable as is, we wouldn’t add arms. We’d make it just like this if we were making it again. It’s been up for almost two years, and we’ve had no problems with anything other than having to replace a mattress (after leaving it out all winter, oops!).ReplyCancel

  • JessicaFriday, June 5, 2015 - 8:00 pm

    This is incredibly beautiful!! I definitely need one of these in my life 🙂 It looks like I have a new project for my Husband to work on this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • RebeccaSaturday, June 6, 2015 - 10:24 pm

    This is totally awesome!!! Great idea and beautiful, inviting photos!!!ReplyCancel

  • candyMonday, June 8, 2015 - 4:49 pm

    Im thinking about attaching it to some sort of brackets and putting in my daughters room as her bed…ReplyCancel

  • EdwardMonday, June 15, 2015 - 9:09 pm

    this is a great idea, but you should use wood you buy yourself and just make the bed. Pallettes can be covered in toxic paint, and there’s no use in sleeping next to that for 8 hours and breathing in and out all night..ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, June 16, 2015 - 10:06 am

      Some pallets are toxic free too – so I would say use your best judgement, as a lot of people can find toxic-free pallets. Part of the appeal of this project is that it’s re-using something that would just be thrown out, not going out and buying new. Our pallet wood was not treated. And this tutorial is for an outdoor swing, that’s used for short periods of time, not sleeping on every night. Although it’s very tempting to do just that – it’s so comfy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • TraceySaturday, August 1, 2015 - 2:56 pm

    I am going to try this, maybe with an air mattress at first, so I can deflate it and store in a smaller space during the winter or rainy season. Thank you for posting this. Was directed here by Country Living. ReplyCancel

  • Enis ÇınarSaturday, September 12, 2015 - 9:04 am

    Wonderfull! Great idea and beautiful, inviting photos 🙂ReplyCancel

  • IvoryMonday, March 7, 2016 - 10:26 am

    Beautiful! I love what you did here. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • ClaudiaTuesday, April 26, 2016 - 8:45 am

    Do you think two pair of hammock straps (4 total) which are tree friendly, would hold a pallete bed up?ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, April 26, 2016 - 10:52 pm

      The straps should list a weight limit, so I would just check to see how much weight the ones you’re looking at can hold, and that should let you know.ReplyCancel

  • Missy DeeFriday, August 12, 2016 - 12:09 am

    how do you tie your rope bed securely to treeReplyCancel

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