Small Front Porch for Summer Days

Small Front Porch Ideas

Our home is part of the small front porch club; it is exactly 6 by 11 feet and is the main access to our home.  It’s true that curb appeal increases the value of your home and makes the neighbours happy, but it can also be a very pleasant outdoor space to enjoy.

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Sitting out on your front porch is a very pleasant way to get to know your neighbourhood. I hope with some pretty inspirational photos and a few DIY tutorials you will feel inspired to make the most of your front porch too.

As the porch is so narrow there is no room for a small table set or even a chair.   I created a small sitting area using a DIY Bench and a fun waterproofed back cushion.

The DIY Bench
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The Small Easy Rustic Bench is from the Ana White website.  Hubs and I found it challenging to put together, but the final product is worth the effort.  It looks nicer than the benches I saw for purchase, its made out of wood, not particle board and is very solid and stable.
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The bench only takes up three square feet and the and the cushion works as a chair back.  It is surprisingly comfortable and is perfect for a quick coffee break.

The DIY Cushion
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White is not the most sensible colour for the cushion, but it looks so nice.  It has been water guarded for protection, but if its rainy weather I will bring it indoors.  It ties on and will come off in a few seconds.  Here is the tutorial for the DIY Comfy Cushion.  (Update the cushion was outside all summer and I had no issues.  It also washed up very nicely)

The Front Door

Our door is quite beat up.  I would love a new door, but they are expensive and Hubs is concerned about our dog damaging an expensive new door.  Instead, the door was given a fresh coat of paint to match the bench.  The colour is Sherwin Williams and it’s a Tiffany Blue I had them mix up at Lowe’s.

As a final touch, I refurbished an old picture into a Welcome sign.  Its small and quaint and the little painted pansy fits in with the flower theme.
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The Final Touches

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For safety reasons you want to make sure not to clutter or create tripping hazards in the pathway to the front door, but even a small front porch has some areas that are not used for entry.    Fill these areas with flowers, plants, or lanterns.
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There is a picture of the little stand I found at Home Sense in almost the same Tiffany Blue colour.  I added the other small decor elements to prevent to stand from looking stark.
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Lanterns add interest to the decor and a softer light if you want to sit out in the evening. The lanterns are a makeover project, they are about eight years old and they were getting pretty worn looking.  If you want to update some old lanterns here is the tutorial for Diy Galvanized Lanterns.
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To make the porch into an outside living space, use a large outdoor carpet.  A larger carpet avoids looking like a front door welcome mat.  The larger carpet grounds the space as all the other elements touch it.

Here are a bunch of other beautiful Outdoor Garden Ideas.

 

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12 thoughts on “Small Front Porch for Summer Days

  1. That’s such a lovely space Leanna, I bet the neighbors are super happy. I wish I’d known about Sherwin Williams’ Tiffany Blue afew months ago when my daughter wanted a Breakfast at Tiffany’s birthday brunch. I could find the right blue anywhere. Pinning to my Small Space Living board because all your tips are spot on and it looks gorgeous

  2. My front porch area is quite small too and is a little bit of a challenge to work with.

    You handled your small space beautifully and I love the cool and calming color palette you chose to work with.

    Lisa

  3. Your small front porch looks charming! What a lovely way to welcome friends and family to your home. I really like the soft turquoise paint color that you chose. And, I think that tying the cushion to the porch railing and using it as a back for the bench was a stroke of genius!

  4. What a lovely and welcoming spot. Even though it is small, it certainly is big on charm! I love the front door sign you made; and hanging the pillow is brilliant. I have never seen that before! Thank you for the inspiration!

  5. THAT COLOR! I love it love it! Putting a cushion on the railing is such a great idea! Awesome job, it’s a great spot to sit and relax or welcome guests!!

    1. Yeah, thank you so much for the feature Michelle. I need to pop over and check out your Merry Monday party. It’s wonderful to be featured. xo Leanna

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