I would like to build a pergola in my backyard. With a hanging bed under part of it. I have no idea what I'm doing. Please help.
My backyard is just a weed-filled patch of dirt right now, but we have big plans for it.
Part of what I'd like to do is build a pergola along the narrow back part along the house, about 20'x7'. I want it to look simple, like the one in this picture
, with either 6x6 or 8x8 posts and beams.
I also want to have a hanging bed somehow. Something like this
, I guess. I'm worried about how to make sure the hanging bed can support the weight of a couple adults, or several kids jumping around like crazy monkeys on top of it.
What's the best method for giving the posts a secure foundation and how do I figure out how far apart they can be placed? How do I securely attach the bed (rope or chain?) to the structure? Anything else I should know?