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, with none of the bugs.
Outfitting a sleeping porch can be as simple as covering an old twin bed with some comfortable quilts and pillows, or it can involve a complete, top-of-the-line renovation project. The best sleeping porches
, though, retain a sort of rough character, bridging the gap between indoors and out.
When designing a sleeping porch, there are a few key things to consider:
1. Rain & humidity.
Even with screens, some wetness will probably make it's way into the porch. As many furnishings as possible should be water-resistant, and those that aren't should be stored in a cool dry place and brought out only for use. No one likes a moldy old quilt
Some porches will be susceptible to sunshine, too, so using UV-resistant outdoor fabrics
will extend the life of furniture and accessories.
Enhance the breeze that makes it in from outside with a ceiling fan
or, in a pinch, a standing fan. Even a creaky old fan will do - it'll add character.
4. Quantity vs. quality.
Consider who will most often use the porch. Tons of kids
? One couple? From there, make a decision about the number and size of beds to include. Bunk beds are a great option when quantity's an issue, but a lovely old queen-sized bed is nice for a more private porch.
5. Lighting. Overhead lights
aren't always necessary, but a little light is a plus. Table lamps and a candle or two are perfect.
Beds are great for sleeping, but it's also nice to use the porch during the day, so consider trundles or daybeds that double as sofas. Plus, a couple of rocking chairs
and even a small dining table make a sleeping porch great for more than just, well, sleeping.
And, of course, every sleeping porch needs a roof that doesn't leak!
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