A screened sleeping porch is a porch that has been converted into a comfortable sleeping area. Screened sleeping porches, combine the comforts of an indoor bedroom, and the natural ambience of the outdoors, in a small space.
If you wish to convert your porch into a screened sleeping porch, and decorate it, you will be interested in reading the following tips on how to decorate a screened sleeping porch.
- When decorating a screened sleeping porch, the first thing to do is put up some low wooden, or stone walls with the upper portions featuring large windows all around. Alternatively, you could devote a whole section of wall space, to glass panelled French windows.
- Next, pick a nice color of paint for the walls, and window frames of the porch. Colors like white, cream, beige, and green are most commonly used while decorating screened sleeping porches. Decorate the walls of your screened sleeping porch using, wrought iron or wooden framed paintings, murals, photographs, etc. Make sure the paintings have protective glass covering them, as a screened sleeping porch is at least partially exposed to the elements.
- Use wrought iron light fixtures, and light colored lamps to decorate the porch. You can also cover the windows with light colored mats, curtains, or a tangle of vines to increase the privacy of your screened sleeping porch. White or green mosquito netting for the windows might also be a useful addition, if the area where you live has many mosquitoes. Cover the floor with rugs, or lay down wooden flooring to make your screened sleeping porch more comfortable.
- The next step in decorating a screened sleeping porch is, choosing suitable furniture. Try to choose weather-resilient furniture like wrought iron furniture. Bear in mind, that woodwork is likely to wear out faster in an exposed environment. If you prefer wicker and wooden furniture, a few coats of paint might help in protecting it to some extent.
- Place a bed in your screened sleeping porch. Alternatively, you can also use couches that can be converted into beds at night, hanging beds, or hammocks. To make your screened sleeping porch more comfortable, add plenty of cushions, and use bed linen that is light colored, or has nice floral prints.
- Add a nice bedside table, a few wicker chairs and stools, or wrought iron benches and stools, to make your porch more inviting, and functional. You can also decorate a screened sleeping porch using accessories like, hanging lamps, vases, potted plants, etc.
Tips and Warnings
- Porches usually have a small amount of space, so make sure you do not clutter the porch with too many decorative items. To save money, you can repair and paint, or varnish old furniture from your attic, or purchase second hand furniture from flea markets, and garage sales.
- Using hammocks instead of beds would also lessen the expense of decorating your porch. You can also use plastic furniture while decorating a screened sleeping porch. Plastic furniture is easy to maintain, and can handle weather, though they may lessen the natural and visual appeal of your porch. If you do opt to use plastic furniture, try to purchase recycled plastic furniture, as that would be a more eco-friendly option.
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