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A sun porch, a bed swing and the urge to nap

Susan Martin

The bed swing on the sun porch that The News photographed for our recent Home of the Month in the Parkside neighborhood was a real attention-getter.

A sun porch is inviting enough, but a bed swing makes it even more so.

Theresa Roma, who lives in the home with her husband, Adam, and their three children, said the swing was crafted in South Carolina.

It was a Mother’s Day gift a few years ago, when the Romas lived in their previous house, also in Parkside.

The porch in their current house is enclosed, but the one in their old house was covered but had open sides.

“When it rained we would bring in the cushions, but the swing itself could withstand the weather,” said Roma, adding that they did not leave it outdoors in the winter.

Roma said the bed model they chose cost about $800 back when they bought it three or four years ago, which included the custom paint job and finishing. She also noted that the children are supervised when they are on or near it, just as with any other type of swing.

Here Roma shares a few more details:

Question: Where did the swing come from?

Answer: The name of the company is Lowcountry Swing Beds.  (The craftsman) does them completely customizable so you can show him a picture of your porch and he will match up all the woodwork of your porch and incorporate it into the swing. They come in different sizes (crib, twin, full, queen, king ‑ as well as custom).

(The website offers information on frame materials, stains, ropes, hardware, cushion options, assembly, pricing and installation; having a bed swing hung by a licensed general contractor with home-building experience is recommended.)

Q: Did you buy the mattress from the company?

A: No, we bought that separately on Amazon. It’s a futon mattress.

Q: Where did you get the idea for a bed swing?

A. I probably saw something on Pinterest, most likely. I saw it and said, “Oh my gosh, we have to have one.” There are ways you can make one yourself, but we’re not crafty so I started looking online.

Q: How do you decorate it?

A. Because it’s just a normal mattress we just added a fitted sheet and pillows.

Q: Is it really as comfortable as it looks in the photo?

A. It’s my favorite spot. Everybody loves it when they come over, including the grandparents.

Q: Does anyone actually sleep there all night or is it just for napping?

A. I have fallen asleep on it, for sure. Then I wake up in the middle of the night and go back upstairs to bed.


Note: The Romas' home is on the 20th annual Parkside Tour of Homes 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 20.

* Check out the Romas' home - our May Home of the Month.

Home of the Month: Room to grow in Parkside

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