Porch Chat: Sleeping Porches
Catch some z's and a breeze in these open-air spaces that make the most of your home's living space
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We're continuing our porch series this week with sleeping porches. Traditional sleeping porches were located on the second floor of a house, often atop a covered porch below. They were especially popular during the Arts and Crafts movement and were common in the American South as well. These porches usually had some rustic cots or bunks and served a very important function: They were the coolest spot to sleep at night on hot, summer nights in the days before air conditioning. These days they are a fun and nostalgic place to grab a nap or a night's sleep with a fresh breeze. Some of the porches below are also outfitted for enjoying much cooler nights.
The screened-in porch off this log cabin has cozy, rustic appeal.
Bunks and double beds provide room for as many people as possible so that everyone can benefit from the breeze on a hot night.
Ropes and weathered wood have coastal-cottage appeal.
Unless you've got survivor gear, you may want to save an overnight visit to this Vermont pavilion for warmer seasons. It looks like a wonderful place to get away from it all that is more sheltered and comfortable than a tent.
This porch is what I'd deem a napping porch. Not only does it provide shade and protection from bugs, but it also comes with the relaxing sound of ocean waves lapping on the shore.
Sleeping quarters are integrated into this screened-in porch, as well as canoe storage and a warm stone hearth.
This vintage iron bed is fitting for a farmhouse feel.
One way to maximize a regular screened-in porch is to arrange a daybed that can be used as a sofa during the day and a breezy respite at night.
Suspended beds are a popular trend; they take the fun of a porch swing and apply it to a bed.
This bed will gently rock with the breeze, whether you're catching a few winks or settling in for the night.
A large round hanging bed protected by mosquito netting is a tropical delight.
This wonderful home is full of porch spaces and three-season rooms. This sleeping porch has the feel of a master bedroom.
Here's a peek at the exterior of the previous house. The entire home has a very strong relationship to the outdoors and takes full advantage of the views and the climate.
While technically not a porch, this bedroom has the lofty feel of a sleeping porch and a view of a lake through the woods. If you're building a new home, consider a sleeping porch feel, especially if it's a lake, beach or mountain home.
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