Decorate your porch or patio with these affordable ideas and easy-to-do projects.
Instead of a single sofa or two chairs facing out, try situating two love seats set at an angle or across from each other. This helps create a spot perfect for casual conversation.
Protect the porch (and your family) from the sun with flowing curtains. Not only do these offer privacy, but curtains are an easy way to incorporate color and pattern. You can purchase pre-made curtain panels (often sold in sets) or make your own with yards of fabric. To hang them easily use rings with clips.
A rug always completes any room, indoors or out by giving it that homey touch. Depending on your patio or porch an outdoor rug (one that is water and mold resistant) might be the best choice.
Double duty furniture is always a smart purchase. This deck box works as an end table and also also a clever (and dry) stash for games, throws, books and other porch essentials. If you need additional seating, just add a cushion and use it as a seat.
Potted plants and flowers are right at home on a porch or patio. Showcase your green thumb by arranging them on an étagère or baker's rack. Place them on the higher shelves to ensure the plants get enough sunlight and also help decorate wall space.
To help transform a porch into an outdoor living room just add some simple "indoor" touches. An outdoor table lamp makes the porch feel like you’re indoors and allows you to enjoy the space long after the sun goes down.
Dress up a typical patio chair with a custom paint job. This jaunty plaid pattern with alternating vertical and horizontal
stripes turns a once simple chair into a focal point.
See instructions: Painted Patio Chair
Conjure a tropical island on your porch or patio. All you need is a hot glue gun to attach shells onto a table for a beachy
look. This is a perfect project for those beach souvenirs you've been saving.
See instructions: Sea-Shell Table
For inexpensive pretty planters just wrap empty (and clean) paint cans in oilcloth for a funky budget-friendly display. Looking
to make smaller table-friendly vases? Just use the same technique with empty soup or vegetable cans.
See instructions: Snappy Planters
Create your own one-of-a-kind tables out of a simple stool and a game board. Then your finished table is ready for family
See instructions: Game Board Table
Brighten up your outdoor space by transforming two wire basket planters into a custom hanging lamps.
See instructions: Hanging Lamps