After the year we have all lived, relaxation has taken on a whole new meaning for many. Creating warm, cozy and comfortable spaces, that’s where it happens.
For Kristina Taylor, it means a place to retreat. The Saint-Joseph woman calls this type of lifestyle the “salon lounge”.
“I work in mental health, so my days are long, stressful, and I just need a place that speaks to my soul,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s my four-season porch at the back that only faces trees. It is my oasis in the city.
Growing up, Taylor had fond memories of sitting on her grandparents’ porch, swinging on one of the chairs, or swinging and hearing stories on the porch swing.
“I wanted to take that and raise it,” she said. “I wanted a veranda bed. Something to really lay down, rock and relax on. “
After what seemed like billions of hours of scrolling through online manufacturing sites and Pinterest, Taylor decided she could just make her own. Inspired by a traditional porch swing, she simply sought to spruce up the idea.
The plan was simple: take the shape and dimensions of a standard swing and make it bigger, at least the sitting part.
“I wanted to be able to have my legs fully extended and on the floor when I was in the swing,” Taylor said. “Once I started with my sketches, however, it turned into a desire to take a nap, which made my swing into a swing bed. My husband thought I was nuts but, hey, that’s what I was imagining.
A double bed measures 53 inches by 75 inches. Taylor used 2×4 lumber to build the base frame without the sides typically used on a swing. Those who want a larger bed swing could use the measurements for a 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed.
Because Taylor’s swing is out of the elements, she was able to use a full-size regular mattress that she covered with a waterproof cover, then regular sheets. If a swing is exposed to the elements, she suggested simply lining the waterproof mattress covers and padding them with outdoor fabric.
Taylor loved the uniqueness of her bed swing so much that she decided to add more eclectic swings using an old rocking chair and old doors from her parents’ farm. She simply cut off the legs, punched holes in the arms for the rocking chair, and threaded a rope through the holes and anchored to the rafters of her porch. The old doors were cut roughly to the size of a traditional porch swing and screwed together to create a backrest and seat. Add a new seat cushion and, voila, a custom swing with a story.