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If you have a porch attached to your Des Moines home, you may be wondering how you can get more use out of it. Porches are a beautiful design detail, but some homeowners wind up feeling like they're more just a part of the entryway than an actual space they utilize. If you want to turn your porch into a spot where you can relax this spring and summer, here are a few things to consider:
Make it Comfortable
Sometimes homeowners pick porch furniture for the design aesthetic alone, thinking only of how it will boost the appearance of the front of their home. And while you surely want to pick furniture that looks appealing, it should also be comfortable. Add some cushions, include a place to put your feet up, give yourself a few options.
How About a Swing?
A swing is a classic feature and can really make your porch more enjoyable. You’ll want to make sure that your porch can hold a swing safely, but once you’re clear on that, you're good to go. Add a cushion to the bench and a throw pillow or two and you have the perfect place to enjoy a warm afternoon.
Add Some Tables
If you really want to spend more time on your porch, it needs to be functional. Think about what you’d like to do on the porch. Will you entertain friends? Play a board game with your family? Choosing furniture that supports this is key. Adding a few extra tables so there’s a place for plates at mealtime or a place to rest your coffee can make the porch feel more like an extension of your home.
Explore Lighting Options
Your porch doesn't just have to be a place that you use during the day. Add some twinkle lights to make it a relaxing evening oasis. There are many options here, from simple white holiday lights to more decorative outdoor lighting. You can be as creative as you’d like. Adding a touch of warm, starry light can really take your porch to the next level.
It won’t be long before we’re spending more time outdoors, and upgrading your porch could be a great project to embark on as we begin to see warmer weather.