Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hanging Beds...

Keith sent me to an article on suspended beds which I was intrigued by. I have no clue what the history of hanging or suspended beds are -- this feels like something that would have originated in the 70s -- but with a little bit of imagination they can have a Victorian nautical flair, like the one below.

I'm not sure I'd put one inside a house, but they'd be great on a porch (as shown below). I think it would be perfect for a beach house (unfortunately the in-law's beach house that I keep decorating in my head -- my FIL so gets steampunk -- just washed away with Hurricane Ike. Sigh.)

You would think there would be instructions for building one of these on Instructables, but the closest I found was this comment by the owner of the bed below, featured on Apartment Therapy: The suspended bed on our screened-in porch. It took about a day and cost less than $100 to build. Although I confess I didn't do much of the building — my husband and brother are responsible for that. I'm sure you could figure out how to build one, however.

Some of the most charming, old fashioned looking hanging beds are for sale at Bedzz without Legzzz.


Unknown said...

This post reminded me of one of the most beautiful hanging beds that I've ever seen (on tv, that is). The Atchafalaya houseboat was hand-built by Gwen Carpenter and Calvin Voisin in Louisiana in the 1970's. Although it's not steampunk, it's still a beautiful example of the revival of past lifeways and the DIY attitude.

See photos here:

Hyla said...

Kick Ass!


Ms C said...

These are so cool! I could do enjoy one of these in that tobacco barn I'm going to convert "someday". Too bad dad isn't around to figure this out, it would have been one project he would have enjoyed!

Kaethe said...

I love them all.

Cade said...

Those are cool. Though I don't move around a lot when I sleep/nap, I would probably get dizzy at some point. I need stability in a bed.

Krista, I think those are a very beautiful reflection in the happiness of simplicity. I grew up on a farm that looked very similar to that, minus river/lake. During the winter months we had to heat water over a stove and bathe in only a couple of inches of water. I guess we never realize that the saddest days of our lives will be our best memories until those days become your memories.

Elizabeth said...

I really love those.
I suppose the main thing would be making sure the hooks were in some sort of structure to hold the weight of bed + person.

Unknown said...

These are great! My parents just install a hanging bed on their screened in porch and it makes for a wonderful sleep! I've found that it doesn't move around as much as I thought it would...I guess it's the weight. Anyway, I highly recommend installing one! (I certainly will when I move into a proper house! ^_^)

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JAE said...

i love those beds. but any idea how to get one??

Unknown said...

Check out for the most advanced hanging beds. Many of these have been sold, excellent customer service too, which is important when installing one.

Ellingston said...

Ok....I know this is an OLD post, but I love reading back through the archives. I saw this hanging bed and IMMEDIATELY thought of Ana White! For the DIYers out there, she has a WONDERFUL website giving us her plans to build beautiful furniture. Here are her plans for the Hanging Bed.

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