How to turn an old bed into a stylish hanging chair: Builder reveals her simple five-step guide to creating the ultimate porch piece
- Ex pianist turned builder Rachael Turner turned a child’s bed into a porch chair
- The builder from Brisbane revealed how she made it in five easy steps
- Rachael also shared her top renovation tips – and why street appeal is key
Stylish outdoor furniture doesn’t come cheap.
But now, a builder has revealed how you can turn a simple child’s timber bed into a stylish hanging chair for your garden or porch – with a little renovating know-how.
Former professional pianist turned builder Rachael Turner, from Brisbane, runs Front Porch Properties – and said creating her stylish piece of furniture requires just five steps.
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Former professional pianist turned builder Rachael Turner (pictured) revealed how to turn a simple child’s timber bed into a stunning porch chair
‘Step number one is to work out what size porch swing you need,’ Rachael said on a YouTube video on her swing.
The builder said her home has a really large porch, which is nearly five feet wide by six metres long – and so they wanted something large to fill the space.
‘What we worked out was what we needed was approximately two metres by one metre,’ she said.
The builder then realised this is around the size of a standard child’s bed.
‘So step number two was to find a bed,’ she said.
Rachael landed on one from Gumtree, which is made from solid timber and cost her around $200.
How did Rachael make the hanging chair?
1. She took measurements and made sure her bed-sized swing would fit in her porch.
2. She bought a bed from Gumtree.
3. She made modifications to the bed, including adding a second headboard to the other end, cutting off the legs and adding two timber rails along the back. She also painted it pink and added timber supports for the rope.
4. She bought rope from a rope shop and installed the chair by hanging it to the ceiling.
5. She added upholstery and cushions by way of a child’s mattress and extra cushions.
Once she had her bed, Rachael said she did the ‘mods’ and painted the structure.
‘Obviously the purpose of using a child’s bed was to avoid all sorts of carpentry and having to build something from scratch,’ she said.
However, they still needed to make a few changes in order to make the bed more like a chair.
These modifications included cutting off the legs of the bed, duplicating the headboard at the other end of the bed and adding two timber rails along the side of the bed – which serve as the back of the chair.
‘Finally, we added timber supports to the base of the bed, which were screwed on with button screws,’ Rachael said.
This is where the ropes go to suspend the hanging chair.
They then painted the chair pink.
Firstly, the builder made modifications to the chair insofar as she cut off the legs, added a second headboard and some timber wood along the back to create something to lean on (pictured after)
Rachael said she bought rope from a specialty rope shop, and then attached the bed to the ceiling using a super strong fish eye hook (pictured during transformation)
Step four in her transformation was to install the chair.
Rachael said she bought rope from a specialty rope shop, and then attached the bed to the ceiling using a super strong fish eye hook.
Finally, the builder added upholstery and cushions to her chair by buying a child’s mattress and completed it with cushions.
Previously, Rachael (pictured) has shared her top tips for renovating with FEMAIL, which include always considering street appeal and making an effort to keep neighbours on side
Previously, Rachael has shared her top tips for renovating with FEMAIL.
‘Always consider street appeal. For me, this is one of the most important elements, as I believe it can really add tremendous value to a home,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Second, she said you shouldn’t underestimate the cost of ‘earth works’, which always end up being more than you might have bargained for.
‘Make a conscious effort to keep the neighbours on side,’ she added. ‘You never know when you might need them.’
Finally, she added, ‘if a quote seems too good to be true, then it probably is’.
Rachael Turner runs her own construction business, Front Porch Properties. For more information, please click here. You can also follow her on Instagram here.
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