Do you dream about sleeping under the stars or being lulled to sleep by a gentle breeze? Anyone who’s ever been to camp, or spent the weekend at an old cabin on the water, understands the allure of the sleeping porch. It’s even better than sleeping outside – all the clean air and hidden sounds of nature are sure to put you right to sleep.
Sleeping porches have been gracing the exteriors of homes for some time. The architects of the Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th Century often designed homes that incorporated sleeping porches. These outdoor rooms provided homeowners a transition bringing nature into the home, and extending outdoor living.
There’s no need to make a fuss and re-do the entire porch, simply refine what you already have so you can enjoy mother nature right through the fall season. (The only exception… make sure you screen in your porch or use mosquito netting to keep away critters. http://www.mosquitocurtains.com/)
Here are some ideas to get you started…
· To extend the use of the area beyond the warmest months, moveable windows or walls can be installed. Simply add a bamboo shade or two to help insulate the space.
· Furnish a sleeping porch with as many creature comforts as you desire. Keep in mind that the pieces will be exposed to the elements. click here for some additional ideas on creating a sensational outdoor space http://beautifullivingstyle.blogspot.com/2009/06/space-of-your-own.html.
· Consider adding a ceiling or floor fans to create your own night breezes.
· To use the room during the day as a living area, day beds, convertible couches or chaises can serve the dual purpose of seating by day and sleeping by night. Or use fold-up cots, roll-away beds, or sling a hammock up.
· Outfitting a sleeping porch can be as simple as covering an old twin bed with some comfortable quilts and pillows.