Liv­ing Spa­ces

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - FRONT PAGE - By Kathryn We­ber For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­ter.com.

Out­door

liv­ing spa­ces have be­come pop­u­lar ad­di­tions to yards and gar­dens. Nowa­days, we have cre­ated liv­ing ar­eas out of pa­tios, fash­ioned in­ti­mate spa­ces out of porches and have out­fit­ted our out­doors with full-blown kitchens. Tak­ing this all a step fur­ther, why not take your sleep­ing space out­doors, too? Adding a stylish, com­fort­able spot to while away the af­ter­noon with a good book or sim­ply en­joy a nap al fresco can trans­form your out­doors into your fa­vorite spot to snooze.

Canopy beds

A trip to an el­e­gant re­sort is all the in­spi­ra­tion you need to cre­ate your own canopy bed out­doors. Larger than a bed, this is like a float­ing deck but holds cush­ions to re­lax on and en­joy the great out­doors. These beds come in a va­ri­ety of styles that range from sim­ple beds with a re­tractable shade to four-poster plat­forms just right for two or more (Front­gate.com).

If you’re handy, you can make your own canopy bed, cre­at­ing just the fea­tures you want most. De­cide if you’d pre­fer the bed to be larger than the bed cush­ion to cre­ate a small deck, or if you’d like it to be a sim­ple plat­form or have a per­gola over­head. Com­plete sets, like the Madera Teak Daybed, that in­clude cush­ions and canopy cover can make putting up an out­door bed fast work (Pot­teryBarn. com). Other op­tions in­clude keep­ing the deck­ing sta­tion­ary or adding a bed swing.

Ham­mocks

More pop­u­lar than ever, ham­mocks are show­ing up in parks and col­lege cam­puses; just about any place there are two trees or posts. But if you’re se­ri­ous about cre­at­ing a re­lax­ing ham­mock ex­pe­ri­ence in an open space, there are two im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions. The first is a ham­mock frame.

Buy­ing a frame en­sures that you’ll be sup­ported safely and that you won’t dam­age any trees. It also en­ables you to put a ham­mock wher­ever there’s space to spread out, whether that’s in the gar­den or on an up­stairs porch.

The se­cond con­sid­er­a­tion is a stretcher. Un­like sim­ple rope ham­mocks, the type of ham­mocks that have a stretcher make the ham­mock ex­pe­ri­ence more com­fort­able and eas­ier to get in and out of. To make your ham­mock even more en­joy­able, con­sider adding a cush­ion to the top and you’ll have a soft, com­fort­able foun­da­tion with­out ham­mock knots dig­ging into your skin. You can buy the whole set of frame, ham­mock with stretcher and pad for less than $100 at Wal-Mart. Swing­ing beds

These have grown in fa­vor both in­doors and out. Swing­ing beds can be hung from the rafters in your ceil­ing if you have a porch that would make a nice spot for a nap. They also can be hung from per­go­las. The nice thing is that swing­ing beds, which used to be a test of your car­pen­try skills, now can be bought on­line so that you only need to find the spot to se­cure them (Way­fair.com). If you like the idea of a swing­ing bed but worry about drilling into your rafters, opt for a swing­ing bed with canopy that can be as­sem­bled in an af­ter­noon (Over­stock. com).

Con­sider adding a cozy ham­mock in your back­yard for a lit­tle rest and re­lax­ation.

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