Jul 26th, 2010 by Hazel
If you have a small porch, you may be confronted with the issue of choosing and arranging outdoor furniture that will make the most of this outdoor space. But, before you start fretting, take a moment to give thanks! Even a small Parisian balcony is something to be thankful for, as an outdoor space attached to your home is a wonderful gift.
But, now that you’re thoroughly thankful for your porch, it’s time to figure out how to make the most of it.
For you dwellers of the small porch, don’t shy away from adding patio furniture. I find Adirondack chairs and outdoor rocking chairs the most versatile pieces for smaller porches. They’re easily transportable, fun to re arrange, and can be grouped or separated as needed. Try facing all of your patio chairs outward to face the view. You might be thinking, “My view is of a busy road and a neighbor that frequently mows the lawn in his underwear.” You could look into planting trees or trellis sections along the edge of your yard to block that view entirely with green. But, we’re focusing this post on porches! So, why not try hanging a multitude of hanging flowers and plants around your porch? Or, if the situation is serious, see if you can hang durable indoor-outdoor curtains or sheers to help camouflage the view. But, also don’t discount the fun of people watching. While you may have tired of your exhibitionist neighbor-landscaper, your guests might find it thrilling!
Using a mix of outdoor rocking chairs, Adirondack chairs, patio chairs, and other outdoor furniture, you can arrange them to all face out but cluster them to still encourage conversation. If you feel comfortable, by all means go for larger porch gliders or garden benches, but don’t over-crowd your porch if the space just isn’t available.
Also, evaluate how you’ll use your porch carefully. Are you looking for a space to relax or to relax… and eat? Or both? Your porch might not fit a picnic table, but there are plenty of outdoor bistro sets and trestle picnic tables that are perfect for small outdoor spaces. Plus, you can pull the chairs or benches from that bistro set over to your other outdoor chairs if you have a few extra people over to sit a spell.
If outdoor dining is really your preferred method of enjoying your porch, by all means go for it! Survey your options for patio dining sets and outdoor bistro sets until you find something that fits your space, your style, and your budget. And, don’t be afraid to ask for customized options!
If you have the room, make sure to still craft a little secluded corner for yourself. Even if you use an outdoor rocking chair you plan to pull over to the larger group when guests arrive, have a home base for it. Add an outdoor accent table for piling books and setting your drink on, and know that that little corner of the porch will be your special spot. If you prefer afternoon naps to afternoon snacks… string a hammock in the corner of your porch. It will give you a retreat, while adding a hint of relaxing whimsy to your over-all design scheme.
No matter the size of your porch though, porch swings will work anywhere! In fact, you might want to use one to craft that personal retreat I mentioned earlier. Find an outdoor furniture retailer that provides customizable lengths, measure the widest part of your porch, and ask them what size they recommend to get the most use from the area. Don’t forget to also get plush outdoor furniture cushions and throw pillows to make your porch swing a destination!
So, no matter the size, shape, or view from your porch… remember that it’s a blessing! Use your space wisely with expert outdoor furniture arrangement, and you’ll enjoy it for longer!