The Swinging Porch Bed

July 12th, 2010

For the past several years, the Pottery Barn catalog has carried a swinging bed in one of their outdoor furniture collections. I longed for one of those beds, but the price tag which was something like $1200.00 was way out of my price range.  I knew that my husband could probably build one if he had the time and the inclination.

Earlier this Spring, right around Mother’s Day he decided to give this project a try.

He came up with a simple design and built it to fit a regular full size mattress.

It has been a great addition to our screen porch.

We have all slept on it, but I think it works best for lazy afternoon naps with a book and a cold beverage.

I ordered a waterproof cover from Sunbrella to go over the mattress.

The Country Doctor decided to drill some holes in the plywood surface so that any rain that might blow in through the screens would drain out.

It has been a wonderful addition to the porch.  He’s built a lot of things over the years, but this swinging bed is probably my favorite.


  • inga:

    I love it!! That would be a great addition to any porch!

    Wow, way to go CD!


  • M.R.:

    I am totally envious! What a treat!

  • Kay in KCMO:

    That looks really refreshing. How often does someone sleep out there at night? That would just be my bed except for the coldest days of winter and even then Mr. Kay in KCMO would have to drag me inside.

    You’re lucky that the CD is such a handy guy. Good job!

  • Carol:

    I would nap on it daily. Of course, I’d have to beat the cat off of it, because it would be the space he would claim as “his”.

  • That looks lovely! I wanna take a nap in it right now! Esp. if it’s warm over there – we’re having a freezing cold (mid-60′s) Southern California summer so far :(

    • susan:

      Shelley, my daughter and grandson just returned to horrible Houston after visiting my son’s family in Manhattan Beach Calif. and she was dreading the return to our oppresive, humid and hot weather. There is NO WAY we could have that in this part of the country from May through late Oct. My son does not miss Houston weather.

  • Tammy S:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! I need one of those – guess I gotta get the screened in porch first though!

  • Kait:

    So tell me, Country Dr/Carpenter’s wife, does it swing?
    It looks very cool and the view is stunning, but does it swing?

  • LucyJoy:

    Awesome beyond all awesome-ness! I would love one of those on our covered deck! Of course, in the Pacific NW, we’d have to take the mattress in in the winter, but still…I’ll have to show hubby the pictures! I’d be great for sleeping on, on those hot summer nights, too.

  • Meme:

    That is beautiful! I love the color of the cover…it matches your ice cream freezer. Glad you had a good and safe trip.

  • Lynn in WI:

    Love, love, love it. CD needs an Etsy shop and your porch looks like a Pottery Barn spread. Well done all around!

  • Kristin:

    I’m jealous & I want one! Oh, wait…my husband would have to build a porch first. Maybe a lower deck swinging bed would work…

  • We are all now coming for a visit, consider yourself warned!

  • Now that is beyond cool! Nice job CD!

  • bPer:

    Hmmm. Four boys and a swinging bed. I see dented walls and broken glass in your future!

    When I was a teen, my family spent a month each summer at the family cottage north of Ottawa. It was a small place for a big family, and I ended up sleeping on the screened-in verandah on a rusting old iron-framed bed. I loved it out there! Cool fresh air and the most privacy of anyone. One of my fondest memories of that time was listening to The Doors’ Riders on the Storm (when it was first released) actually during a thunderstorm. Good times.


    • LucyJoy:

      What a wonderful memory, bPer! I remembering listening to the same album during a storm as well.

  • Love it! CD totally rocks!

  • susan:

    absolutely love it!!!!! knowing boys, do they sometimes get it moving a little too fast? boys just have to DO something dont they…

  • I’m moving in!

  • Diane:

    CD is a man of many talents!

  • That is just to die for! All I’d need is a great project to knit, some disco on the radio and a margarita and I’d be in heaven. Enjoy!

  • Kathy:

    Very cool. I’m jealous! There’s no way we could have something like that outside in our Florida humidity. It would mildew within seconds of putting it up.

  • annmarie:

    Oh, I love it!!! What a great husband.

  • Oh wow, I want one of those! You are one lucky duck! That CD is a keeper! (think he’ll come and build me one?)

  • Oooh I didn’t even know those existed, but now I’m in love! Amazingness :-)

  • That looks absoluely delightful. Amazing job by the CW!

  • Priss:

    For many years there was a hanging mattress under a big live oak tree on the way to Edisto Beach in South Carolina. It was something to look for on the trip there, something we’d all try to be the first to spot. Sadly, the owner is now gone and along with him, the mattress. Your swinging bed is a much lovelier version of what gave me many happy moments on my beach trips. I just wish I had a screened in porch so I could have a bed like that.

  • km:

    That is the coolest thing.!

  • Angie:

    Way to go, CD! Now tell the truth, were you a little nervous the first time you actually sat on it? Items suspended from the ceiling scare me a little bit.

    • Rechelle:

      I admit that I was a little nervous Angie and made sure that no one was crawling around underneath of it.

  • jamoody:

    This is just awesome! Love it.

  • OMG! A bed like that would be the end of me! I love it!

  • Christina M.:

    Holy FSM, that is the coolest thing! So, when are you going to starting having weekend guests like PW?

  • Hallie:

    Wow, what a dreamy spot to spend a lazy afternoon with a good book! How did the CD hang the bed from the porch ceiling?

    • Rechelle:

      That is a good question Hallie and perhaps some day I will feel strong enough to heave myself off of the couch and go look. For now, all I can tell you is that he didn’t use duct tape and I am pretty sure it isn’t glued on either.

  • Perfect! I also drool over that thing every time it shows up. Alas, my porch is not big enough…

  • Jenny:

    Oh, my! That is the coolest thing EVER!

  • LOVE IT!!!! You’re a lucky girl, Rechelle!! :)

  • Beautiful BUT…be sure there is air circulation through the bottom or mildew may be a problem. Not sure how many or how large the drilled holes were, but bigger is better. Slats are good too.

  • Sue from UK:

    Forget the bed (although it is very cool), my husband would love the CD’s workshop.

  • The bed! The view! I love afternoon naps and would totally lose myself on your porch.

    My dad builds things or fixes things for my mom to show his love too.

    Hmm. I think with the blurb can be fixed by saying, “A blog for skeptical, sarcastic, and weird people who think and read.”

    Maybe swap out think for question?

    Or if you want to keep it, “A blog for people who think and read; and who are skeptical, sarcastic, and weird.”

  • I want to go to there.

  • Charlotte:

    My first thought was “she has a porch that swings?!” Then I realized it was the bed that swings. The porch looks stable.

  • Now that is cool. Very.

  • Lgirl:

    I LOVE this! Congrats and enjoy!

  • Penny Lane:

    I love it! It is so beautiful! I think I need to have one of these…