There was a period a while back when my favorite summer sleeping accommodations were relegated to camping’s dark ages by the emergence of ultra-engineered gear. But for those of us who still prefer canvas, the good old cot is back. And it’s more stylish (and, yes, a bit more high tech) than ever.
Above: The OGK Daybed Camp Cot in Beech/Linen is $361.48 at Finnish Design Shop. It’s also available in all black. Above: Slumberjack’s Tough Cot has a 350-pound capacity; $81.99 on Amazon. Above: The Topos Workshop WW2 Folding Camp Bed is modeled after British World War II folding camp cots. It’s made of oak wood with cotton sail cloth; contact Topos Workshop. Above: A more economical yet still stylish take on a classic, Byer’s Maine Heritage Cot features a hardwood frame and durable polyester cover; $189.95. Above: If you’re in the market for a vintage version, consider this Army Camp Cot from circa 1940, now selling on Etsy by Goseek for $225. Above: Reminiscent of vintage steel-framed army beds, the Alps Lightweight Camp Cot weighs in at only 11.5 pounds. Available at Sportsman’s Warehouse; $59.99. Above: The genuine US Army-issued GI Folding Cot with Aluminum Frame is $145.99 at Maguire Army Navy.
Above: A reproduction of the classic British army cot in sophisticated, leather-trimmed black canvas, Peter Hofer Jagdwaffen’s Camp Cot is made of solid rosewood with brass brackets and hinges; €833 ($909.12). Above: Teak with a Batyline cloth cover, Tectona’s Tobago Folding Bed represents the height of cot luxury. Above: Japanese company Snow Peak makes the High Tension Cot; $425 at Snow Peak.
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