As the weather warms and evenings get longer it’s time to start enjoying the fresh air and cool breezes. We just love that people are starting to rediscover the beauty and functionality of the sleeping porch. Sleeping porches were extremely popular at the turn of the 20th century, when health professionals advocated sleeping outdoors as a way to bolster the immune system. And prior to air conditioning, sleeping porches were especially popular in the South and the West; it was cooler to sleep outside at night.
Transforming a deck, balcony, or porch into a sleeping porch is a fairly simple project. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
• The space should be covered against the elements and for safety, it should have at least a low railing around the perimeter.
• If you live in an area where bugs abound in summer, it probably goes without saying that screens are essential. Many choose also to integrate fabric shades or awnings, which can be lowered for privacy.
The most important thing to remember about sleeping porches is that they are for rest and relaxation. So grab a good book, a cup of tea, and a soft pillow, and curl up for a calm, peaceful, and soothing respite from the stresses of the day.