How to Hang a Bed From the Ceiling


Hanging a bed from the ceiling can protect it from pests in open homes or in a poorly sealed lake cabin. It can provide an unusual style and a unique look. It can also give a gentle rocking sensation to the sleeper, promoting just the right sleeping atmosphere. Hanging a bed from the ceiling requires exposed ceiling beams or access to a ceiling with floor joists, as drywall will not support the weight of a bed with any combination of anchors. Any size bed may be mounted with this method, though the weight limit of the equipment must be taken into account.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • 8 eye hooks, 1-inch diameter
  • Screwdriver
  • 4 lengths of load-appropriate steel chain, 1-inch links
  • 8 load-appropriate carabiners, 1-inch diameter
  • Carpenter's level
  • Locate the floor joists in the ceiling using a stud finder. Remove any ceiling paneling to access the true ceiling if necessary. Mark the edges of each joist in the area above the bed. Drill a hole in a ceiling joist directly above each corner of the bed.

  • Insert a 1-inch eye hook into each joist hole. Tighten the eye hooks by hand as much as possible. Insert the blade of a screwdriver through the eye of the eye hook and continue tightening until the rounded portion of the eye hook just begins to touch the ceiling. Repeat this process for all four corners. Make sure the eye hooks are all facing the same final direction for a uniform appearance.

  • Open four connecting carabiners that are 1 inch in diameter. Attach them to the four ceiling eye hooks. Add a length of chain to each carabiner and close the carabiner by screwing it down tightly.

  • Drill into the top of each corner of the bed, choosing the sturdiest location in each corner. Drill in the same place on all four corners to ensure the bed hangs evenly. Insert an eye hook into each hole and attach to the bed following the same procedure.

    Attach a 1-inch carabiner to each eye hook. Lift the bed with the help of an assistant. Slide the end of each hanging chain over the open carabiner. Twist the carabiner closed and repeat for all four corners.

  • Set the carpenter's level on the bed and adjust the bed chains until the bed is level. Adjust each chain necessary by opening the carabiner. Remove the chain and attach the next higher or lower link of the chain to the carabiner. Repeat until the bed is evenly hung.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase chain and carabiners with a weight limit beyond the highest possible weight the bed could have. Take into account things isolated events like sleepovers and the entire family in the bed together. Very heavy beds must use extremely high-quality chain and have very secure installations in load-bearing beams.
  • Attach padding or bumpers to the sides of the bed to prevent damage to adjacent walls.
  • Do not jump on a hanging bed or swing it dramatically, as this could damage the walls.
  • Never use chain of unknown weight capacity unless it has been checked by a professional.
  • Using carabiners or chain of insufficient strength could cause the bed to fall, inflicting serious injury.

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