4 affordable porch ideas to create a cozy outdoor space
For when space isn't a luxury you can have
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With its lack of square footage, a small porch or balcony can be uninspiring and, for outdoors lovers, flat-out disappointing. But, you shouldn’t let potential drawbacks talk you out of enjoying the benefits a porch or balcony can provide. In fact, with a few easy steps and little money spent, you can take your grand porch ideas and transform a meager space into a cozy go-to spot for sipping your morning coffee or watching the sunset with a glass of wine.
So, what makes up the anatomy of a cozy alfresco setup? Think space-saving furniture, outdoor accessories, and easy ambient details to liven up the area. Here’s how to create a cozy spot to make any city dweller jealous.
1. Start with an outdoor bistro set
Shop around for a bistro set that fits within your personal style and your space restrictions. Want a bright and minimalist look or a mid-century modern approach with a tropical twist? Ideally, you’ll want a three-piece bistro set that comes with a table and two matching chairs.
When it comes to porch ideas, bar height bistro sets adds stature to small porch spaces. Plus, it creates that sought-after feel of your favorite restaurant’s patio—just with homemade hors d’oeuvres and cocktails instead.
This petite iron bistro set sold at Overstock is loved by customers for its elegant look and durability.
For a more intimate feel, this top-rated three-piece wicker bistro set sold at Wayfair also comes with beige or navy cushions.
2. Bring in cushions to add coziness
Speaking of outdoor cushions: if your set doesn’t come with any, you can add a couple of small ones. It’s a detail that really makes a difference in achieving a comfortable outdoor space.
3. Accessorize for favorite porch pastimes
Spice up your porch or balcony with pretty tableware you’ll use a lot—whether breakfasting, having a coffee break, or savoring a glass of wine with a friend.
A decorative platter creates a charming dining experience when you want to enjoying an appetizer outside. This small and simple charcuterie board sold at Macy’s fits on any size bistro table.
4. Add final decorative touches
A bistro setting isn’t complete without a flourish or two. Adding outdoor decor brings personality to a once plain space.
For a candle-lit experience, one of our favorite pieces from Anthropologie is the popular Capri Blue candle that has notes of tropical summer fruit, lemons, and limes.
Additionally, a bit of greenery does any porch or balcony some good. Try out a small succulent, like this one from Leaf & Clay as a centerpiece on the bistro table.
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