Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sleeping Porches

I have always been fascinated by Sleeping Porches. Here is the Wikipedia description of a sleeping porch: A sleeping porch is a deck or balcony that is screened and furnished for sleeping in the warmer months. Sleeping porches can be on ground level or on a higher story and in either the front or back of a home. The idea of a sleeping porch dates back nearly a hundred years when people would sleep on a screened-in porch to get the coolness of the night air during summer without being bothered by bugs. Before the advent of air conditioning, families often created sleeping areas on outdoor porches, where children would sleep during the warmer months. Sleeping porches first gained popularity at the turn of the 20th century. Many people believed that fresh air helped sufferers of Tuberculosis, a respiratory system illness that was the leading cause of death at that time in the United States. Health experts then also touted the benefits of fresh air for avoiding other illnesses. Here are some beautiful examples of the sleeping porch:
This beautiful Victorian has a lovely example of the sleeping porch!
I could just sleep out here all day and night!
Lovely
Pretty

6 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

I love sleeping porches. It would be wonderful to have one!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Girl, you are not the only one! LOVE them! A friend of mine lives in the most gorgeous old home that has been in her family forever. They have a sleeping porch and a carriage house AND the house next door is for sale!!! It was built in 1929 and I have had my eye on it for the past month. It is stunning- but not sleeping porch.:( Lori

NanaDiana said...

I would love a sleeping porch. My Auntie had one and I spent many happy hours there as a child. Beautiful! xo Diana

tinajo said...

I´ve never heard of it - thanks for sharing! Looks so cozy and pretty! :-)

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Fifi Flowers said...

Those are FAB sleeping porches!


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My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
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