Swinging Porch Beds 2

custom salvaged pine swinging porch bedA collection of handcrafted swinging bed ideas.

It has been two years – almost exactly to the day – since I wrote about the promise to myself  of the “one day” Swinging Porch Bed.  Now, it’s Happy Mother’s Day – Early Birthday to me!  More recently, I posted about our custom stairway gate Larry built.  What I didn’t tell you was that Larry had contacted me after seeing his swing featured on Atticmag – he was the original craftsman for the to-die-for local home store swing.  I want to adopt Larry.

During our meeting, we decided to use salvaged wood from a house tear down.  Simple slats run along the sides and back,  and the swing was given a light stain.  Five outdoor pillows coordinate with the Sunbrella cover with contrasting welt on the twin size mattress – all ordered online (sources listed below).  The custom Dryfast foam mattress is the same material used for boat cushions. If needed, you can literally clean it with a hose and let dry.  A fast drying, non-molding material was important, since harsh winds blow rain to back of the veranda.  It has a Dacron wrap, so it was easy to wrestle into the zippered cover.   I wrapped up the gift giving with a reversible quilt for chilly nights.  It’s airy cotton voile is diamond quilted by hand, and so soft.

screened in porch beforeThis before picture shows the previous wicker loungers.  It was a no-brainer to hang the swinging porch bed in their place, so that we can enjoy the views.  I also replaced these Martha Stewart (from the first year she teamed with Kmart) faux wicker chairs that are becoming brittle after 15 years of sun – the new chairs are visible in the photo at the very bottom of post.  The iron base table has a mosaic top of earth tone colors.

custom salvaged pine swinging porch bedThis lakehouse swinging bed belongs to an Atticmag reader that lives in my area.  Natalie contacted me asking for Larry’s information.  The same salvaged wood was used, but with a painted distressed finish.  The slat pattern was taken from the tear down home’s porch railing. Natalie covered the chains with burlap for a more finished look.

red painted custom swinging porch bed from Country LivingThe front apron on this swing bed features a pattern.  Mattress ticking material used on the cover gives this one a vintage look.  More screen porch owners are incorporating side weatherproof sides tables and outdoor lamps.  Anything goes when creating comfort.

custom swinging porch bed The Gulf breeze helps to keep bugs away on this open porch where a pair of swings allow a crowd of beach-goers to relax in the evening, or sleep outside all night.  While there is an unlimited way to dress a swinging bed, there are only a limited number of ways to hang them.  After seeing these using only two ceiling bolts, Mr Shops decided to hang ours similarly.  Even though the bolts go directly into a ceiling joist  (a must!), he added a 3″ x 3″ steel angle that spans from each joist and across the one in-between, to spread out the weight evenly.  In order to miss our ceiling fan blades (and so it wouldn’t have to be moved), our end chains meet about 7 feet from the floor, to a single chain that takes it to the ceiling [top photo].

custom swinging porch bed from Atlanta Homes and LifestylesI love the linear lines and dark color of these swinging porch beds (the second one is barely showing on the far left).  Color and materials are kept simple so that nothing takes away from that fantastic view.   These swings, and others shown, are hanging by rope.  Larry said he has used marine grade rope in the past, but even it tends to get stretched – unleveling the swing.

custom dark stained swinging porch bedTaller sides are a good idea when small children will be using (aka playing on) the swinging bed.  This one is dressed in a colorful stripe material that appears to be a folded comforter.  Easy enough to take inside during storms and washed when needed.

custom swinging porch bed with low arms from Southern HomeWith its purple shutters and clapboard siding, this porch screams a fun homeowner lives here.  The arms on this swinging bed are extremely low.  And while it is a pretty setting, the large pillows leave little room to relax.

blue painted custom swinging porch bed from My Home IdeasAnother pair (Larry, I think they are suppose to come in twos!) are painted a beautiful blue.  I like the deep box and large welts used on this mattress cover.  These don’t appear to be as deep as a twin, but they can certainly be custom made to work for almost any porch.  When measuring a space, be sure to allow at least twelve inches between the back of the swinging bed and wall or porch railing.  If you want a more cushy look, don’t order the foam mattress as deep as the finished dimension and have it wrapped several times in Dacron to reach the desired depth.

red painted custom swinging porch bed from Simply SeletaThis red swing also used a deep box covered mattress that is partially hidden by the swing apron, like mine.  I mix of materials and colors of the furniture leads to a country casual porch.

custom copper porch spindlesYou might have noticed in the before photo that Mr Shops was in the middle of replacing the old spindles with copper.  They’ll get a nice patina in no time… or should I say in less time than it took me to get a swinging porch bed!  We also added copper to the side screens to keep the pets off the screens.  The copper tubing was something I wanted to use instead of wrought iron when we were building, and Mr Shops finally agreed to replace.  He’s a keeper.

screened in porch with custom swinging porch bed Dryfast foam mattress – TheFoamFactory.com
Sunbrella mattress cover, Henna with Weston Ginger welt – OutdoorFabrics.com
Outdoor Pillows and Quilt – Cora Kalamkari from Pottery Barn

(Sources: Natalie, Country Living, pinterest, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, google, Southern Home, My Home Ideas, Simply Seleta)


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17 Responses to Swinging Porch Beds 2

  1. Black Eyed Susans Kitchen June 11, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    What fabulous ideas…I love the old fashioned concept of a swing and making it into a bed on the porch is so romantic!!

  2. Pat@LifeatLydiashouse June 11, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Those look so fun! You may regret this as now all of your guests will want to stay! I surely would!

  3. RHome410 June 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    I often wish I could sleep on our back porch… what a great idea! Love the set that faces each other, but we sure don’t have that kind of room.

  4. tina June 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Glad you finally got your hanging bed! Love the pupper in the last pic. Now all you need is some plants out there!


  5. Scribbler June 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    A swinging porch bed is on the list — but first I have to get the porch! I am saving this wonderful post for reference.

    Enjoy your swinger, and think of me.

  6. The House on Lavender Hill June 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I love these and have been wracking my brain thinking of a place one would work on Lavender Hill! I’m thinking maybe in the guest room for the grandkids….. hmmmm…. need the grandkids first I guess!

    thanks for sharing,

  7. Allison June 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    You guys totally need to get one! I have a glider on the lower back veranda – love it too.

    Tina, I have a few plants on the open part of the veranda, near the breakfast room windows. We’d be tripping all over them in the screened porch.

  8. Larry June 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Wonder why I think yours and Natalie’s look great!!?? You did a great job locating mattress, pillows and quilt. I see naps ahead for y’all. Nothing much better than a grandmother and grandchild curled up on one of these swings. Sorry the view of trees and lake cannot be shown as it makes yours so calming. Thanks for letting me help. Our house is about ready and looking for perfect place for a swinging bed on one of the porches.

  9. Sayde June 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Allison, congratulations on your hanging swing bed! It looks so inviting. Your porch must be a paradise!

  10. Debra June 14, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Looks so beautiful and inviting!

  11. Brenda Jones June 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Can someone tell me what is the average weight of these bed swings. They are absolutely beautiful. Just wondering how much they weigh.

    • Allison June 15, 2012 at 7:58 am #

      Thank you, Brenda. Mr Shops estimates 75-100 pounds.

  12. Bolso.me June 17, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    What a improvement!
    Are you sure that you won’t end up lying there always forgetting the rest of the world around you? I would! ;)
    Very pretty, really.


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