Outdoor beds: Dream designs for an afternoon nap


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First we had the outdoor living and dining rooms. Then came the outdoor kitchen. Was the outdoor bedroom inevitable?

We started to report on cabanarama — how the shaded huts so popular at hotel pools were moving full force to the home — when it became clear that so much of the furniture for these backyard retreats were essentially outdoor beds. Take a look and ask yourself: Doesn’t an afternoon nap sound good right about now?


Dedon recently released images of its Swingrest, pictured here, a veritable backyard nest to be released in 2013. The suspended bed will have a rotating Corian side table and optional curtain for privacy.

To see what’s on the market now, at prices from $400 to $20,000, keep reading ...

City Camp is daybed, swing and cabana rolled into one: a stationary bed, as pictured at right, or a lounge suspended by leather-wrapped belts, above. (Applause for the storage built into the armrests.) The Dedon design can be covered with a tatami-style mattress or plush cushion. Retail prices for the structure start at $10,225 and rise depending on whether you add the tatami covers or upholstered cushions, drapes or sunshade. (For those so inclined, Dedon has a flagship showroom in West Hollywood.) Photo credits: Dedon

At the other end of the budget spectrum: the Luna Day Bed from Urban Home. The crescent of all-weather nylon is set on a metal frame. It’s $399.

Introduced this month at Teak Warehouse: The Beach Bed has headrests that adjust in both directions. (Admire each other or share a point of view?) The cushions are upholstered in Sunbrella all-weather fabric, and the canopy can retract in sections. Rods ring the beds in case you want to hang additional shades. Price: $7,995.

For a similar vibe at a lower price: The Cabana Sunbed also is new from Teak Warehouse. It’s 3 feet wide and has hidden wheels for easier maneuvering. Price: $1,095, Sunbrella all-weather cushion extra.

For those romantics who love a little “South Pacific” moment, Royal Botania offers a four-poster sling lounge called Kokoon. Price? The suggested retail starts at $19,818 and rises depending on options. Royal Botania dealers include Giati Designs and In-Ex.


And if those flowing drapes leave you needing a design-palate cleanser: Ibiza is Restoration Hardware’s interpretation of the bean bag chair, upholstered in a range of fabrics that are resistant to water, mildew and fading. The shell zips off for cleaning. The collection, pictured here, includes a lounge chair (regularly starts at $795, on sale starting at $505), double lounge chair (regularly starts at $1,295, on sale starting at $835) and a chaise (regularly starts at $1,095, on sale starting at $685). Those sale prices apply to a limited number of upholstery options, and prices go up depending on the fabric.


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Photo credit, top: Dedon


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