I admit it wholeheartedly, I am in love with pallets. They are right up there with shipping containers in versatility, but maybe, just slightly, more transportable and easier to work with. So, when I came across a picture on Pinterest for a hanging garden bed made from pallets, I fell in love. It went top of the project list.
A hanging bed made from pallets is actually quite easy to make. It’s finding the trees to hang it from that is the tricky bit. It took us longer to determine where to hang it, than actually making it. You need two good sized trees at least 3 and 4 meters (10 to 13 feet) apart. If you have these, then let’s get on with making the bed.
What you need is simply: 2 pallets, 2 or 3 2×4 pieces of wood, some good strong rope, 2 carabiner clips that fasten closed and some screws. We’re lucky in that we have both an excellent local hardware shop. And a recycling centre nearby that let us have pallets for free. The world, therefore, is our oyster on the pallet project front.
Ideally you want 2 matching pallets, or at least the same size. Put them end to end, with the cross supports are going in the same direction on both. Slide a 2×4 though the slats each side, screwing it to the pallet. We added a 3rd 2×4 in the middle for added strength (so two people could be on the bed safely together). The rope was wound under and around an end and then attached to a carabiner before continuing up to be tied to a large tree branch.
We didn’t hang it too high, only about 20 cm (a foot) or so off the ground. This made for easy access of getting on it. It does swing a little, particularly end to end, rather than side to side, so having it lower meant it was easier to actually manage this. Once settled, there’s little movement and it simply relaxes you to lie there.
The relaxation itself is in the details. We strung a line across the top between the branches to hang a bug net so naps could be taken in peace, without being ‘bugged’. (Sorry, had to be said). A single mattress was given a waterproof mattress protector, to protect from rain, and then a fitted sheet over the top. An old quilt and lots of pillows made up the rest.
Rather then carting the bedding back and forth, we opted for a waterproof box by the bed for storing the pillows and quilt in when not in use. For added protection we place a waterproof tarp over the bed when not in use. It keeps off the nights dew or the odd rain shower.
The original plans were found initially on The Merry Thought. If you would like detailed images and instructions, do check out their page.
There are of course more complicated ways to make a hanging bed. YouTube has quite a few videos about building them with wood, from the simple to the luxurious. But to our mind, it isn’t how pretty the underneath bit is, it’s how comfy cozy you make it look and feel on top. Enjoy!