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20+ Amazing Sleeping Porch Ideas For A Dreamy Escape

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A sleeping porch for your home is a fantastic way to feel connected to the outdoors while creating a camp-like atmosphere protected from bugs and the elements. Sleeping porches were common a century ago before there was air conditioning, where children would sleep in these spaces from Spring through Fall. They are gaining in popularity as homeowners seek sustainable design features such as windows open rather than air conditioning on.

There are two types of sleeping porches, depending on your needs: a year-round porch and a screened-in seasonal porch. When designing a sleeping porch there are things you may wish to consider, such as bed locations, lighting, ceiling fans, and the room’s exposure. Incorporating a fireplace will provide warmth and extend the porch into a three-season room. A screened sleeping porch can offer fantastic breezes and it’s incredible sleeping in what feels like the outdoors at night. Have a look below for some fabulous ideas and don’t forget to let us know in the Comments which one was your favorite and why!

Note: Have a look at some other inspiring porch ideas for your home: 30 Gorgeous And Inviting Farmhouse Style Porch Decorating Ideas and 26 Unbelievably Fabulous Swinging Bed Ideas For Your Porch.

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1. A rustic screened-in porch design in Minneapolis. On the floor is a solid stain sanded down to give it a distressed look. (via Lands End Development)

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2. A traditional style sleeping porch in Little Rock, Arkansas. Similar beds can be found at the American Iron Bed Company. The rugs are from a company called Home Spice Decor. They are the Seascape Blue Cotton Braided Rugs. These are a synthetic indoor/outdoor and are impervious to stains and moisture, but still has a great look and feel. The shutters and mounting hardware came from Timberlane Shutters. Light fixtures are from Circa Lighting. Dimensions: 14′ deep and 40′ long. (via Ward A Lile Design)

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3. A cozy screened-in porch with sleeping quarters. The fireplace will keep your guests warm on a cool night. The fireplace is a sealed fieldstone veneer. The fan/light fixture is the Rainman Ceiling fan from Minka Aire: (via Michelle Fries)

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4. This rustic lake house in New Hampshire features a drop-down bed set on a breezeway perfect for those cool summer nights. This one-of-a-kind bed was custom made, where the frame is pulled up into the ceiling when not in use. A sailing winch is used to raise and lower the bed from the porch ceiling. (via Old Hampshire Designs)

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5. Floor-to-ceiling screened windows bring cool breezes into this incredible sleeping porch in a camp-like home in Montana. See the rest of this home here: Magnificent rustic cabin hideaway on the rocky shores of Flathead Lake. (via Andersson-Wise Architects)

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6. A shingle-style residence in Watch Hill, Rhode Island features this cozy sleeping porch. Awning windows operate with a traditional rope and pulley system, opening into the porch from a bedroom on the other side. A wood-burning fireplace provides heat on brisk evenings. (via Michael McKinley and Associates)

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7. The manufacturer of the vinyl siding is Certainteed Cedar Impressions. This swing bed was custom fabricated and cost approximately $15,000-$17,000. The ceiling, beams, screen panels, and bed are all solid Mahogany. The white trim is by Benjamin Moore, “white” semi-gloss. The floor is Ipe. (via Richard Bubnowski Design)

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8. This beach style porch in Providence, Rhode Island features this cozy cedar-clad sleeping porch with a view. See the rest of this amazing home tour here: Luminous oceanfront home in Rhode Island boasts energy-efficient design. (via George Penniman Architects)

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9. A two-story screened-in porch runs the length of the back of a 1860s sea captain’s house in Fernandina Beach, Florida. (via Starr Sanford Design)

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10. This nautically-inspired sleeping porch on Amelia Island, Florida offers plenty of space for two guests to enjoy fresh ocean breezes. An idyllic spot for afternoon catnaps and relaxing nights sleeping with the sound of the waves. (via Starr Sanford Design)

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11. A farmhouse in Washington enjoys fresh countryside breezes on this cozy screened-in porch. This space makes for an idyllic guest room with a private backyard entrance. (via Travis Knoop Photography)

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12. A family retreat on Lake Keowee, South Carolina features this timeless sleeping porch to host several overnight guests. (via The Berry Group)

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13. A comfortable haven for hosting guests, this sleeping porch draws in fresh breezes from the Hood Canal, Washington. This space has removable double-hung sashes on the screened windows. A ship’s ladder leads up to a suspended sleep bunk, both custom fabricated. (via TK Design Build)

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14. Made in Charleston, South Carolina, this handmade porch swing features a full-size bed for afternoon catnaps or as an extra bed to host overnight guests. (via Vintage Porch Swings)

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15. This second-floor sleeping porch was designed to be used as a master bedroom retreat. Boasting oceanfront views in Portland, Maine, this space has energy-efficient windows for seasonal comfort. There is also an observation deck on the right! (via Whipple | Callender Architects)

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16. This 10′ x 15′ garden house in Boston is used from spring to fall, adorned with a futon, decorative pillows, and throws. On warmer evenings, this is used as a sleeping porch, with screened walls to keep away pesky bugs. (via Hilarie Holdsworth Design)

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17. A remodeled sleeping porch features built-in beds and storage. The ceiling is a CVG fir v-groove T&G with a black/espresso stain and a satin varnish. The windows on the left were original to the house, early 1900s, while the window above the bed is a Marvin wood window painted a dark grey. Dimensions: 8’6″ x 19′. (via Young & Son Woodworks)

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18. A lake house sleeping porch in Alabama features custom hanging beds with handmade mattresses by City Mattress Upholstery. For the bedding, a denim Ralph Lauren comforter is simply folded and sewn into a bedroll/sleeping bag for a camp-like feel. (via Williams Partnership: Architecture)

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19. A rustic cottage in Minnesota features this inviting sleeping porch to host overnight guests. Large windows bring in fresh air to give the feeling of sleeping outside yet protected from the elements. (via McCarten Design)

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20. Here, an over-100-year-old second-story sleeping porch in Mobile Bay, Alabama features five twin beds, two daybeds, and some hammocks. Beds are adorned with brand-name pieces from Overstock. The porch railings are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe. (via Southern Living)

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21. If you have a wooded property, consider a sleeping cabin instead of a porch. This one in Vermont features screens, a clear corrugated polycarbonate roof called Suntuf made by Palram, and a hanging bed. This structure in the woods is shaded, used only for naps and overnights during the summer months. (via Bluetime Collaborative)

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