Who Doesn’t Want a Summer Sleeping Porch?

Last night I was dreaming of how nice it would be to have my very own sleeping porch during the summer months to enjoy the evening breezes while dozing. A screened sleeping porch of course, so I don’t have to deal with mosquitoes and creepy crawlers!

This cottage style sleeping porch reminds me of the one at Mrs. Ashby’s house in Geneva that I used to clean when I was 15 years old. Her home was the start of my love affair with old and charming houses.

Farmhouse Kids by Atlanta Architects & Designers Historical Concepts

Doesn’t this summer sleeping porch look like something at grandma’s house? What grand kid wouldn’t love hanging out at grandma’s and sleeping on this porch with their cousins?

Traditional Bedroom by Little Rock Architects & Designers WARD A LILE DESIGN

Here’s a sleeping porch that serves double duty as a lounge area. The bed at left is also a couch by day.

Photo by Ally Whalen Design

A rustic cabin type porch is perfect for sleeping during the cooler months of fall. A big stone fireplace can keep things toasty warm if the temperatures drop. And look … wine, bread, cheese, and fruit are ready and waiting!

Rustic Porch by Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Michelle Fries, BeDe Design, LLC

This light and airy porch would be so much fun for a girl’s retreat with your best friends.

Traditional Bedroom by Cambridge Interior Designers & Decorators Kate Maloney Interior Design

A coastal sleeping porch has whimsical beds that appear suspended by ropes.

Photo by Nathaniel Dean Collective

A cozy bed at the end of this screened porch is the perfect place for reading or napping.

Photo by Lands End Development

A larger bed just fits in this sleeping porch. Note the sconce lights for nighttime reading.

Photo by Andersson-Wise Architects

Plush mattresses provide sleeping comfort in this cheery screened porch.

Farmhouse Porch by Sharon Architects & Designers Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses

How about a suspended bed in a charming porch?

Traditional Porch by Point Pleasant Beach Architects & Designers Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

  I love to sleep in open air as often as possible. Mostly this means sleeping with the windows open. I think the fresh air is good for the heart and soul!

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  1. I’d be happy to just have a roof over my porch 😉 I’m still running my heater every morning.

  2. My grandparents had a sleeping porch upstairs and I have fond memories of sleeping and playing in there as a small child.

  3. They are all beautiful but my favorite is the Traditional Kids, love the green and white. Thank you for offering me some inspiration!

  4. I would love a sleeping porch! As long as nobody was able to see me…I’d be quite a sight snoozing away, probably with my mouth open:) Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! The Dodgers no longer train in Vero Beach, they moved to AZ for spring training but trained in Dodgertown from 1948 to 2008!

  5. loved all the inspirational photos. our first home had a “sleeping porch” & it was one of the reasons we bought. it turned out to also be a spot we spent tons of time in. when our daughter was born, it was the perfect spot for a napping baby in the summer. I had a big English pram and because the porch had windows as well as screens, I could adjust how much of a breeze came in. thank you for this lovely post which brought back so many wonderful memories ♥

  6. We’ve talked about screening in our front porch for just that purpose. It would be heavenly to sleep outside all summer long.

  7. They are all so dang charming. I think I’m sold on the hanging bed. I’ve been dreaming of one for a while now. I have the perfect back porch for it, but it means sacrificing most of my porch furniture and I’m not ready to do that. I guess I could just hang my bedroom bed?

  8. I think any of those would suit me for different occasions. I thought about how much fun it would be for the grand kids to have a porch if their own for spend the nights with BobBon when they get older.

  9. Love these! I am planning on adding one in our “old” (looking) farmhouse we are planning to build. But I am confused about the practicalities. Do you need indoor-outdoor furniture and bedding? Would a regular mattress get moldy? Any info would be most appreciated!

  10. A sleeping porch would be heavenly! We try to hold off on turning on the A/C as long as possible. I wondered about the practicality of conventional furniture and bedding in a screened porch. Ours faces west and when we have storms, like we’ve been having again, quite a bit of rain blows in. Beautiful images of sleeping porches…may just have to make a sleeping porch board… xoxo

  11. I love all of these! I was just watching Lakefront Bargain Hunt and one of the homes that was featured had a sleeping porch. I was telling my husband how fun it would be to have one. I guess I’ll just have to dream about it for now……

  12. I grew up hearing about my mother’s sleeping porch. I was jealous then, aND I still am. My favorites are No. 1 and the girls sleepover room. My girlfriend had an open back porch, upstairs, and we spent many a summer night on sleeping bags out there.

  13. We have a lovely screen porch on the lake and use it all the time for sleeping. We have just been moving the day furniture and setting up air mattress beds when we have visitors. Everyone chooses the porch as their first choice when picking out sleeping arrangements. I am looking for ideas to make a double day bed for something more permanent than the air mattress option and thank you so much for the lovely ideas!

  14. I loved sleeping on our screened porch as a kid. Our beds were the kind that folded in half and had wheels. So in the morning we just folded them and moved them to a sheltered corner.. Grade school through high school.. No A/C then or now.. Thanks for the photos!