9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Revive Your Porch

Itching to spruce up the front porch, but anxious about spending more money? Rest assured that you can create an inviting front veranda without breaking the bank. Here are 9 inspiring ideas that prove that it’s possible to design a welcoming porch on a budget.

  1. Hang Some Drapes

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    Sometimes a few splashes of colorful fabric are all that’s required to make an ordinary front porch extraordinary. While decorative pillows and seat cushions are the first things that come to mind, don't overlook the design appeal of draperies. A simple rod (like this one from Amazon) and some drapery panels (these are also available from Amazon) add immeasurable pattern, texture, and style. 

    Related: 10 Smart Ways to Bring Shade to Your Outdoor Space

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  2. Apply a Little Paint

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    For the cost of a can of exterior paint (available from The Home Depot),you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements your house's colors, or get creative and paint a striped or checkerboard pattern. Take it a step further and paint the ceiling as well. 

    Related: 9 Simple Porch Ideas to Steal from Real Homes

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  3. Add a Porch Swing

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    A front porch swing  is a classic way to give your porch a fresh new look—and added comfort. While there are many styles to be found at retail, if you are handy and qualified you may be able to DIY one yourself. Either way, be sure you secure it from support beams in the ceiling with the proper hardware.

    Related: 10 of the Best Porch Swings You Can Buy on a Budget

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  4. Cover the Floor

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    Just as it does inside the house, a rug can be a great way to add pattern and color outdoors. Find an indoor/outdoor carpet that suits your style—you'll have no shortage to choose from online (like this one from Wayfair)—then build a design scheme around it with furnishings, cushions, and accessories. 

    Related: 10 Rugs Under $100 That Work Indoors and Out

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  5. Suspend Some Lights

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    If you're looking to add extra ambiance to your front porch, consider draping string lights or replace the builder-grade light with a statement maker. Nice lighting allows you to continue your relaxation outside into nightfall.

    Related: The Best Ways to Light the Backyard

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  6. Install a Ceiling Fan

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    A ceiling fan makes your porch more comfortable, keeping the steamy heat of summer at bay. How pleasant it would be to sit on this Southern-style front porch, rocking away the afternoon with a favorite book, a glass of sweet tea, and the gentle breeze from the ceiling fan above.

    Related: 8 Patio Heaters to Keep You Comfy Outdoors

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  7. Refresh Your Furniture

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    Want a fresh new look without the expense of new furniture? Spruce up your existing wicker and metal pieces with a fresh coat of spray paint. Add colorful seat cushions or better yet, re-cover your old ones with remnant fabric. Choose bold colors for a quick burst of summer style.

    Related: 14 Inventive Ideas for a Perfect Porch

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  8. Festoon with Flowers

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    One of the quickest routes to a summer-fresh porch is adding containers and hanging baskets brimming with flowering plants. This porch uses a variety of common pots to create an uncommonly lovely setting. If tending to flowering plants seems like too much work, you can always go with ferns, ivy, and other high-texture, low-maintenance greenery.

    Related: 10 Fast-Growing Plants for (Almost) Instant Curb Appeal

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  9. Bring Comfort Outside

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    Thanks to innovations in outdoor fabrics and materials, furniture for the outdoors is much more comfortable nowadays. Whether you opt to buy new furniture for the porch or you bring the couch outside for special gatherings, make use out of the outdoor space for entertaining. 

    Related: The Best Outdoor Furniture for Under $100

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  10. Don't Miss!

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    Even if you've got your heart set on hardwood flooring, it's worth considering the alternatives. Sometimes, materials that only look like wood can be just as good as—or even better than—the real thing. Explore your options now!