Back porch ideas help you make the most of your outdoor life

Release time:2023-10-12 Number of views: 54

Inspire your porch, patio, deck or balcony.

The term "back porch" conjures up images of sipping lemonade in the shade of a tree, napping to a bird's lullaby, or daydreaming in the middle of the afternoon. This is your outdoor living room, a gathering place for family and friends, and a source of comfort and pride.


The porch is the most relaxing "room" in the house. You may be lucky to have an existing screen porch or a wide wraparound balcony. But porch living doesn't depend on having an outdoor room with a floor and roof. Your porch can be a patio, a deck, or a stone-paved area outside your door - anywhere you come in contact with nature.


Of course, one of the most important elements of a porch or patio is its connection to the house. A beautiful door frames the scene. Sliding doors, French doors or hinged patio doors allow for a seamless transition from the inside out. Even a multi-paned side door can lure you into a porch environment.


Once out there, you can set the stage with your own style and imagination. Flowers, strings of lights and colorful pillows are just the beginning. Let's take a look at some porch ideas that can make your porch one of the best "places" in the house.

A place to put drinks

If you only have enough space for a sitting area for one person (preferably a rocking chair), make sure you have a place to put your drinks. A small side table or garden stool can do double duty as additional seating. Sturdier coffee tables can provide places to place candles, snacks and feet. When planning your porch seat, make sure everything is washable, durable, and comfortable. Spring pollen, storms, pets and fall leaves are always forces to be reckoned with.

A place for you to rest

The idea of an old-fashioned sleeping gallery is still popular. A hanging sofa bed, hammock or comfy sofa is the key to enjoying the best nap time. Pillows and blankets create a sleepy atmosphere. If you need some extra privacy, consider hanging stylish and practical outdoor curtains to block out the view, sun or rain.

A place to put plants

Define your space with an array of potted or hanging plants that you can enjoy both inside and outside your home. If you don't have a green thumb, potted plants can be a great way to add color and beauty.


Large POTS are great for holding a combination of "thriller plants, overflow plants and fillers" (choose plants of different heights, colors and overflow edges). Hanging ferns grow well in shade and provide privacy. In warmer climates, consider using perennials that will reappear in the spring.

A place for dinner

It is a real treat to enjoy a quiet dinner under the stars and watch the fireflies flicker. Your table can be a rustic picnic table, a bistro table for two, or anything that meets your needs. Put a tablecloth on a folding table, add candles and music, and you have a perfectly elegant setting.


It's best to have some acrylic wine glasses and melamine plates on hand to avoid a disaster on the patio floor. If an overhead ceiling fan is not suitable for your space, look for an outdoor fan to generate a breeze and keep insects away.

A place to listen to the rain

There is nothing more soothing than the gentle sound of falling raindrops. If your porch or deck doesn't have a roof for you to enjoy this experience, consider some options for shading or rain protection, such as oversized cantilevered umbrellas that cover tables and chairs. Or, consider adding a simple pergola with a covered area, or a retractable awning that allows you to adjust the shade/rain cover.

A place to enjoy winter

No need to hibernate; Enjoy the outdoors all year round. All-weather furniture protects against the cold. Add a cushion, wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, and then enjoy the mesmerizing flames of the fire bowl (as long as you're in an uncovered area, of course). Add hot cocoa and toasted marshmallows for the ultimate outdoor winter entertainment.