The best outdoor beds, hammocks & more
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By Jane Dagmi
From comfy chaise lounges to luxurious al fresco bedrooms, sleeping under the sky never looked—or felt—so good. Get inspired by these nine dreamy ideas.
Rockabye Bedtime2 of 10
The Mood Rocking Bed is Shiner International's signature piece. Designer Joe Manus describes it as "the ultimate bed for everything you do in bed!" Rock it or lock it, this unique cradle, made from a mix of rescued steel and wood and certified sustainable wood, can lull you to sleep in good conscience.
SHOP NOW: Shiner International Mood Rocking Bed, $1,995 (queen)
Floating Cocoon3 of 10
An ostrich egg was the inspiration for Berni Du Payrat's Cocoon Tree. This spherical folly can be hoisted up in the trees via 12 anchor points for suspension and stability, but is equally adaptable for land use. The 130-pound, 9-foot-diameter aluminum-framed sphere is wrapped in a waterproof tarp, and is thoughtfully equipped with mosquito screens, a custom mattress, and duvet and can hold up to a ton.
Flotation Device4 of 10
Another suspension bed, this one by Dedon and an open-air version, is woven like a basket, padded with an array of pillows and offers a come-one-come-all comfort vibe. Nearby tree trunks, strategically placed, are cleverly adapted as useful side tables.
Happy Camper5 of 10
Sleeping outside is exhilarating for the spirit, but when the temperature dips, make sure you've got the right layers to keep you cozy. Fluffy duvets are always a good idea to have on hand as are wool camp blankets which come in a bunch of zippy graphic patterns as this porch-turned-sleep spot is designed by BeDe Designs. An added touch of comfort? An easy-to-reach bedside lamp for reading when it gets dark out—save the flashlights for emergencies.
Modern Cottage6 of 10
The Cottage won best outdoor furniture design from ELLE Decor's International Design Awards this year. The part daybed, part perma-tent was designed by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal and features an aluminum exterior with evenly spaced wood slats. Drapery softens the structure and makes it irresistibly fort-like while maintaining a fresh and airy feel.
Decked Out7 of 10
For Pamela Berger, the screened sleeping porch is "a perfect place to work on my laptop, read the paper, nap, make calls, nap ... you get the idea." When she enclosed her 400-square-foot back porch, she made the hanging bed the focus of the new cozy room. Constructed of 2-by-4s and 2-by-6s, the full-size bed, supported by hemp rope and custom brackets, can hold up to 1,000 pounds. Berger, who blogs about the Southern way of life at Sweet Peach says, "I encourage the idea of sleeping porches … to sway and daydream. It's good for the soul."
Conversation Piece8 of 10
Lee Industries' slipcovered Nandina double daybed is a modern weatherproof "tete-à-tete," (French for "head-to-head") where loungers can face each other while lying down. Constructed of marine-grade sustainable birch, quick-drying foam cushions, assembled with waterproof adhesives and stainless staples, there are over 200 fabric choices, making this a cozy destination, no matter what your design.
Nesting Spot9 of 10
At 109 inches wide, The Spartan Daybed, constructed of all-weather wicker wrapped around a sturdy steel frame, can accommodate a flock of sun dodgers eager for sunny respite. The woven canopy filters sunlight and allows air circulation, while the 5-inch-thick foam bed cushion ensures successful lounging. Choose from over 50 fabrics to coordinate and color your outdoor nest.
SHOP NOW: Restoration Hardware Spartan Daybed, from $7,195
Swing Set10 of 10
Of course the good old-fashioned hammock is still a classic vehicle for alfresco sleeping. Easily set up on a porch, between two trees or on a stand, the easy breezy sling is synonymous with afternoon naps. Hammock pros suggest lying diagonally for the most comfortable horizontal snooze.
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