Swinging Porch Beds 2

Allison's custom salvaged pine swinging porch bed - AtticmagA collection of more ideas for handcrafted swinging porch beds.

It has been two years — almost exactly to the day — since I wrote about the promise to myself of a special treat for my porch “one day” in my original post with ideas for  Swinging Porch Beds.  Now, it’s Happy Mother’s Day and early Birthday to me! Recently, I posted about our Custom Stairway Gates, including one Larry built for me. What I didn’t tell you was that Larry 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 to discuss Larry building a swinging porch bed for me, we decided to use salvaged wood from a house tear down.  I wanted simple slats to run along the sides and back and a light stain on the swing. Once it was in place I added five outdoor pillows. Those coordinate with the twin-size mattress with Sunbrella cover with contrasting welt. I ordered all of those online — see the sources 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 it dry. A fast drying material, and one that wouldn’t mold, was important since harsh winds blow rain to back of the veranda. The mattress has a Dacron wrap, so it was easy to wrestle into the zippered cover.  I wrapped up my “gift” with a reversible quilt for chilly nights. Made of airy cotton voile, the quilt is diamond quilted by hand and so soft.

screened in porch before the swinging porch bed was added - AtticmagThis before picture shows the previous wicker loungers.  It was a no-brainer to hang the swinging porch bed in their place so we can enjoy the views.

Natalie's custom salvaged pine swinging porch bed with painted wood and burlap covered chains - AtticmagThis lakehouse swinging bed belongs to an Atticmag reader who happens to live 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 with mattress ticking cover and Crate & Barrel floral cushions - Country Living via AtticmagThe front apron on this swinging porch bed features a pattern.  Mattress ticking material used on the cover lends a vintage look.  Screen porch owners often incorporating weatherproof sides tables and outdoor lamps. Anything goes when creating comfort.

custom swinging porch bed - pinterest via AtticmagThe 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 are unlimited ways to dress a swinging bed, there are 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].

swinging porch beds - custom swinging porch bed with taupe and white geometric pillows - Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles via AtticmagI love the linear lines and dark color of this pair of 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 stretch — unleveling the swing.

swinging porch beds - custom dark stained swinging porch bed with orange and green striped mattress and pillows - via AtticmagTaller sides are a good idea when small children will be using (aka playing on) the swinging bed.  This one is dressed in a colorful striped material that appears to be a folded comforter.  Easy enough to take inside during storms and washed when needed.

swinging porch beds - custom swinging porch bed with low arms and butterscotch pillows - from Southern Home via AtticmagWith its purple shutters and clapboard siding, this porch screams  “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 beds - My Home Ideas via AtticmagAnother 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 -  Simply Seleta via AtticmagThis red swing also used a deep box covered mattress that is partially hidden by the swing apron, like mine.  I prefer a mix of materials and colors for furniture as that leads to a country casual porch.

replacing Allison's porch spindles with copper rods - Atticmag As an aside, here is Mr. Shops in the middle of replacing the old spindles on the porch railing 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. Copper tubing was something I wanted to use instead of wrought iron when we were building and Mr Shops finally agreed.  He’s a keeper.

I also replaced Martha Stewart ( faux wicker chairs that were becoming brittle after 15 years of sun. The new chairs are visible here.

Allison's screened in porch with custom swinging porch bed - AtticmagOnline ources for my 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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19 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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