If you’ve just invested in a wonderful hanging porch bed to spruce up your exterior decor, congratulations! You’re now one of the select few that has one of these unique, comfortable, and relaxing fixtures in their home!
But don’t rest on your laurels, because there is as yet some serious untapped potential in that-there bed swing. Listen up, because we’re about to introduce you to two of the greatest design ideas we’ve ever come across.
Let There Be Light!
Every hanging porch bed has at least one thing in common: it’s hanging. We sell ours with manila ropes and have educational materials on our website showing you how to hang your bed swing - but some of you might use your own ropes or chains.
Whatever the case, they're hanging, and that leaves some extra infrastructure available for personalizing.
We say, let there be light.
Every outdoor space needs some additional light, whether for function or mood lighting. That’s why so many patios are arrayed with decorative torches, landscape lighting, or even spotlights. Some folks even like to make a firepit the focal point of the patio.
Here’s a unique alternative that can kill two birds with one stone. Get some rope or string lights and spiral them up the ropes of your hanging porch bed.
Back in the day, you’d need access to an outlet, but nowadays, you can get cheap, reliable, high-quality LED rope lights or string lights that are battery operated and last for days, if not weeks!
The fact that some of them are cordless means you can accessorize and personalize your hanging bed swing without needing to access an outlet, and you can even festoon each rope with its own set of lights.
Modern LED rope and string lights are available in a wide range of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns, and some of them are even Bluetooth compatible, making it easy to adjust color, brightness, and so much more.
Adding some lights to your hanging bed swing’s ropes will give you the ability to shed some light on your outdoor entertaining areas, but it will also give you some mood lighting for your special corner - there’s nothing not to love.
All That Glitters Is Green!
Looking for another unique new way to add some color and personality to your hanging bed swing? In the warmer months of the year, you can garnish your bed swing’s hanging ropes or chains with climbing plants or vines!
Provided your bed swing gets at least a little bit of sun during the day, you can grow a wide range of different climbers during the warmer months - and you can actually pair up this design idea with the lighting we mentioned above!
Climbing plants that will flourish with the vertical structure offered by your bed swing include but are not limited to:
If the mood strikes you, a large number of vining vegetables can also be grown up the ropes, such as beans, peas, and others!
The great thing about growing plants like these is that the blooms can be used to color coordinate your outdoor decor. Go ahead and get some pillows, furniture, and other decor that mesh with your seasonal blossoms and see how you like it. (Spoiler: you’re going to love it!)
Another great thing about decorating your porch swing with live plants is that they will help to attract certain wildlife to your backyard. Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and some birds are all naturally attracted to blossoms!
Of course, being in company with greenery has also been suggested to be good for human health as well. Growing some vines up your bed swing may also:
●Reduce feelings of stress, fatigue, and anxiety
●Uplift your mood and improve pain tolerance
●Provide shade and keep volume levels manageable
●Not to mention the recreational opportunities they’ll afford for care!
Go ahead - pick out your favorite cultivars and make a living arrangement featuring your hanging porch bed this spring!
Get in the Holiday Spirit (When ‘Tis the Season)
One more final tip - do you know what time of year is fitting for both greenery and light? The holiday season!
You may not be able to grow white pine and holly vines up your hanging porch bed’s ropes, but you can festoon and garland them appropriately. Add some seasonal ornaments and some twinkling holiday lights and you’ll give your home’s interior a run for its money!
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