Backyard Beds?

Okay -- we may finally have gone too far in the pursuit of making our outside spaces into "living" spaces. First, there were outdoor kitchens. Then, we had outdoor "living rooms". And now -- outdoor bedrooms!

I have to admit that I've never been one for the trend to outdoor living. While I love the occasional barbecued meal, eaten at our backyard patio set, I've never seen the whole attraction to spending all my time outside. After all, what's the house for?

However, if your home is small, and you're looking to increase your living space without a major addition, perhaps a backyard bedroom is for you. You can buy your own outside daybed at Home Depot, with a mosquito net and a PVC covering that will keep the mildew away. It's only $900 US. If you are looking for something less expensive, you could consider Lowe's outdoor swing that converts into a bed. It's only $99.

In my mind, if you want to sleep outdoors, you should buy a tent and head out to somewhere quiet and removed. Put me out in the forest with a handy lake nearby and give me a fishing line! But that doesn't describe my backyard. Frankly, we live in the 'burbs. Between my neighbor's two Rottweilers (one wasn't enough?) on the north side of the house and the kids who play in the yard until 10 on the south side of the house, I can't imagine a relaxing slide into sleep.

Some folks don't sleep in their outdoor bedrooms; they just use them for a "winding down" space. That might work for me -- I have to admit, I like our expensive mattress, and can't imagine that anything that's weather-resistant would measure up to it. But perhaps a little outdoor lounging would be okay, as long as the Rottweilers aren't out.

You don't have to do your outdoor retreat on the cheap. You can find daybeds at Berks for only $3000 to $8000. Enjoy.

Michael

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