Just upgraded to a professional Topline Trampoline, and don’t know what to do with your old kids’ Kmart bouncer? Think twice before you take it to the tip – it’s the perfect base for a luxe DIY daybed. Here are just some of the inspiring creations we found around the internet:
How to Build Your Own DIY Daybed
Ready to make your own? Let’s get started
What you’ll need
Your old trampoline frame
Soft foam or padding to use as a mattress
A heavy-duty chain
High working load braided rope
Cushions, blankets and throws for the finishing touches
Step 1: Remove the Trampoline Legs
As this is a hanging day bed, you won’t need the trampoline legs. Using a screwdriver, unbolt and remove them from the frame. This may require a little effort if there is rust and dirt present. If you have trouble, use a wire brush to remove and buildup on the screws. Apply oil if needed.
Step 2: Protect Fingers & Toes from the Springs
The springs are a necessary part of the trampoline, but they’re also a hazard for fingers and toes. Wrap the springs in rope or strips of cloth so no skin or body parts can get caught in them. They should be wrapped several times until they form a cushioned layer. You can also add foam under the cloth or rope to enhance softness.
Step 3: Make the Mat Comfortable
To make this daybed extra cosy, add a layer of foam, cut to size. Or for an easier option, layer with blankets following installation.
Step 4: Install Suspension Ropes
Now it’s time to suspend the DIY daybed. It’s important to consider the tension in the trampoline mat. Over time, the mat will sag. To prevent this, make sure you run the ropes under the mat to provide added support. When you’re done, bring all rope ends together and tie off using a strong knot.
Step 5: Hang Your DIY Daybed
You’re almost done building your DIY daybed! All you need to do now is hang it up. This should be done from a strong support, like a sturdy tree branch or the solid beams from a verandah or pergola. You can also build a steel tee-pee shaped frame. Whatever you use must be capable of holding the daybed as well as the weight of people laying on it.
Step 6: Dress up Your Daybed
What’s a bed without a few fluffy cushions to keep you comfy? Dress up your new suspended haven with blankets and cushions, and if you’re feeling creative, try draping fabric around the support ropes to form a cosy, tipi-style enclosure.
You’ve now upcycled that old, unwanted trampoline, into your family’s new favourite hangout. But remember, on this tramp there’s no jumping allowed!