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The fun and free days of summer are pretty much over. But it’s not all that bad. There’s still the final hurrah of Labor Day weekend. And that’s followed by cooler weather and fall colors. For those of you staying put for the unofficial end of summer, we have just the DIY project for you. (And if the only thing you plan on lifting this weekend is a beer or grill spatula, we promise you’ll love the benefits of all your labor once you see the finished product.)


Just look at that beautiful hanging daybed. You can’t tell me that some drilling, cutting, gluing and sanding aren’t worth the steady back-and-forth swinging of a daybed (built by you) as you slowly fall asleep surrounded by a cool, summer breeze. While it may seem like a project only Carter Oosterhouse should take on, we promise that you can do it just as easily. Designer Ana White has included computer-generated diagrams within the instructions that make attaching each piece a cinch. So head over to HGTV.com for the detailed materials list and instructions to create your own DIY hanging daybed. And in the meantime, check out these whimsical daybeds to get you in the mood.

Once you’re back to work on Tuesday, let us know how your project turned out.

Tell us all about your new, dreamy daybed in the comments below.

12 Responses

  1. tinatinatinah says:

    Hammock upgraded. Love it.

  2. Briana@HGTV says:

    I must nap there.

  3. Marianne@HGTV says:

    Oh my, I love this. And I live in the woods, too. Outdoor slumber party at my place!

  4. Kayla@HGTV says:

    I knowwww. And just think how whimsical winter could feel if you could bring that feeling indoors: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/boston/bedroom/su

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  7. susyn dragness says:

    i love this romantic idea twinkle lights in the trees and bucket of ice w wine and glasses on rope to pull up to really enjoy the "daybed". fun

  8. Annamarie says:

    My husband would totally love this!!! For our lazy days & romantic nights!!!!

  9. carmadean roberts says:

    OMG! I have a group of trees in my back yard, and I didn't know what to do with them;. your ideal with the daybed starts tomorrow morning…Thanks a million!!!!

  10. Tennessee Tango says:

    I could see this set up on a covered or screened in porch or outdoor shelter. Love this idea.

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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