How to Create an Outdoor Lounge Bed
How to Create an Outdoor Lounge Bed. Want to give your deck a little of that chic, outdoor lounge look? Give yourself, and your guests, a comfortable place to relax alfresco by assembling a lounge-like bed in your own backyard. It's sure to be a whole lot more inviting than a hammock-and a whole lot chicer too.
All the hip hotels have them-now so can you!
Things You Will Need
- Bed Frame
- Outdoor rated fabric
Start with a simple, sturdy bed frame in either a full or queen size. You'll want to get a platform bed, not one with a box spring, and you don't want a headboard either. (CB2 carries these, see Resources below.)
Buy a futon mattress, sized according to your bed frame.
Have the futon covered in an outdoor fabric. (I suggest having your upholsterer add a water-proof liner under the outdoor fabric cover, just to be safe!) White will give you that Miami lounge look, but it could be awfully hard to keep clean. A darker shade or a pattern might prove more practical. To give your mattress a boxier, more tailored look, opt for self- or contrast-welting. My favorite outdoor line is Perennials-or you can find great affordable options at Outdoor Fabrics (see Resources below).
Make the bed more comfortable-not to mention more attractive-by adding plenty of pillows. These should also be covered in outdoor fabric and can be either in the same fabric as the mattress, or if you want to add a splash of color, I always like to mix in some accent colors and patterns.
Erinn Valencich (va-len-sitch) is an interior designer and lifestyle expert. She has hosted several a one-hour specials for HGTV including Decked for the Holidays, airing November 23rd and Fantasy Wedding in a Week and Light It Up! She has made numerous appearances on The View, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Fine Living’s Mail Order Makeover. Her style has caught the eye of numerous celebrities having worked with Jaime Pressly, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Jennifer Love-Hewitt.