Reclaim one of life's pleasures from the halcyon summer days before air conditioning: sleeping on the porch.
Quilts and pillows create a cozy feel.
- Set up a proper bed outside if your porch is big enough and your weather warm enough. A full or queen size bed can be romantic. Or, consider two or three twin beds (or a trundle bed) for the kids. Twin beds can also serve as daybeds.
- Opt for a delightful napping hammock if you lack the space or inclination to sleep on the porch all night. Rope hammocks with wood stretchers at the end are most comfortable. Secure it with S-hooks and heavy chain to solid wood trim or porch framing.
- Screen in your porch (to keep out the bugs) if you're going to sleep outside on a regular basis.
Swing to sleep in your hammock.
- Use sumptuous sheeting for the ultimate luxury. Linen sheeting is a summer standard. If it's out of your price range, use a crisp percale with at least a 200 thread count. You can incorporate touches of linen and lace with vintage shams and pillowcases found at antiques stores and flea markets.
- Use a lightweight summer quilt in crisp or bright colors to keep your toes warm.
- Add other furniture pieces typical of a bedroom: a nightstand, chair, footstool, and writing desk.
- Create privacy where you lack foliage by hanging a matchstick blind or curtains.
- Don't forget a light source for late night reading.