20+ Amazing Sleeping Porch Ideas For A Dreamy Escape


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.

Give yourself a calming sanctuary from everyday life by transforming your porch into a beautiful sleeping room where you can relax and unwind. Discover the power of cozy furnishings, enchanting lighting, and thoughtful arrangements that effortlessly blend the beauty of the great outdoors with the comforts of your interior space. From cozy furnishing to ambient lighting, you will find many different design concepts and decor tips that will help inspire you to create your own personal haven at home. Whether you’re looking for a rustic escape or a modern oasis, this guide will help you with crafting your own personalized sanctuary that helps you enjoy an afternoon nap, a good book, or a peaceful night of sleep.

There are two types of sleeping porches, depending on your needs: a year-round porch and a screened-in seasonal porch. When designing a traditional 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  sleeping porch can offer refreshing breezes through screened windows, and it’s incredible to sleep 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.

log cabin screened in sleeping porch with dark red wood floor, oval rug and striped blanket on bed

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)

large sleeping porch with three beds with clue sheets and pillows, yellow hours with black shutters

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 have 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)

sleeping porch with large windows and fireplace with skis, a chair with a blanket and bed in the corner with a white and red blanket.

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)

simple screened in sleeping porch with a hanging bed with burgundy comforter and pillows

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)

windowed sleeping porch with bright sunlight on large yellow bed with yellow and green pillows

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)

small sleeping porch with daybed with colorful striped blanket and a fireplace with a boat on the mantle

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)

sleeping porch with hanging bed with aztec style blanket

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)

bed hanging from ceiling on sleeping porch with blue blanket and large windows with a view of trees

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)

long sleeping porch with two bed with blue striped blanket, large plant and lamp

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)

screened in sleeping porch with hanging bed with blue striped sheets, a sailboat figurine next to bed and a pillow in the floor

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)

sleeping porch with windows covered in white curtains and cream colored blanket

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)

large sleeping porch with two fans on ceiling and four large beds with white blankets

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

sleeping porch with bunk beds and blanket with patched pattern

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)

sleeping porch with hanging bed with green blanket, covered windows with tan covering and side table with lamp

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)

bright sleeping porch with windows and bright white yellow comforter, views of water and boats

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)

screened in sleeping porch in garden

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)

sleeping porch with white wall and built in bed with striped comforter

sleeping porch with white built in bed with striped blanket

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, the 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)

sleeping porch with four hanging beds with blue comforter rolled up on edge of bed

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)

sleeping porch with four beds with striped comforter and large windows with wooden coverings

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)

sleeping porch with 5 beds with white blanket and striped bedskirt and walls made out of large windows

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)

sleeping cabin in the woods with bed inside of screened in cabin

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)

greenhouse inspired sleeping porch

22. A sleeping porch with an outdoor bed is the perfect place for reading, especially when it is surrounded by plants. Windows can be opened to allow fresh cross breezes during the summer to keep the space cool. This would also make a great spot to host overnight guests! (via Soyvirgo)

sleeping porch with potted blankets and white blanket

23. A garden house features an old metal bed, ideal for hosting overnight guests. This magical space is enjoyable for summer evenings surrounded by flowers. (via SkonaHem)

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