First impressions count when welcoming guests to your home, and the front porch is where to make it happen. Our short video will show you a few easy ways to transform that bare space into an outdoor room that you and your friends can enjoy all season long.
- Size Matters. Not all front porches are created equal, and only you can decide how many of our ideas will work for you. But, let’s be honest, every front porch can benefit from a little sprucing up, whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, a new door mat, a potted plant, or a new set of furniture. Measuring your front porch will help you determine what will fit and what won’t.
- Best Seat on the Porch. If there’s one iconic piece of furniture that makes the front porch complete, it has to be the classic porch swing. Who can resist sitting and swinging gently to and fro while reading a good book or watching the kids riding their bikes? Just be sure the porch ceiling is strong enough to support your swing and the people on it – experts recommend screwing the hanging hardware into beams or joists. You also need a 4-ft. arch for the swing to move through – for more details, check out our article How to Hang a Porch Swing.
- Let’s Rock! If you can’t manage a swing, a porch rocker is the next best thing. Two or three rockers placed on your front porch will add loads of curb appeal and give your home a welcoming appearance. Gliders and Adirondack chairs are also smart choices for the front porch. Toss on some colorful cushions or throw pillows to add comfort and style.
- A Step in the Right Direction. Outdoor rugs are a great way to define your space and add softness underfoot, plus they help prevent slipping on wet surfaces. There are many styles and colors to match any decor preference, from nautical to tropical, from classic to contemporary. And don’t forget the steps up to your porch and the spot in front of your door! Decorative rubber treads and mats add charm while providing firmer footing.
- It’s Easy Being Green. Have a hard time growing plants on your front porch? No problem! Add a couple of artificial topiaries– they’re a wonderful alternative to the real thing, and best of all you don’t have to water them, trim them, or sweep away falling leaves or branches. Choose from lots of styles including cedar, boxwood, fir, cypress, and tea leaf. A couple of them even come lighted so you can add welcoming light at night. Use topiaries to flank your front door, in a corner of the porch, or at the bottom of the steps. If you prefer real flowers, our self-watering planters come ready to grow — each has a subirrigation system that helps keep your plants from drying out.
- Put it There! Last but not least, don’t forget a few strategically placed side tables for your front porch. They’re great to hold drinks and snacks so your guests don’t have to balance their refreshments on their laps. If your porch is on the small side, look for folding tables that you can pull out when needed, then store away easily.
Your front porch is often the first thing anyone notices about your home, so make sure it’s first-rate. Now that we’ve given you some fun ideas, how are you going to update your porch?