Every house has a feature that makes it stand out from the rest. When you first laid eyes on your home, perhaps you instantly fell in love with the screened porch. Maybe you imagined sitting out there on a sofa while drinking coffee and watching the sun rise. Those fantasies were short-lived, however, because after you moved in, the porch became a place to store outerwear, sporting equipment and shoes.
It's time to reclaim your enclosed porch and transform it into the comfortable, stylish space you used to imagine. Read our four design ideas for enclosed porches to get started.
A cozy reading nook
On a rainy summer day, snuggle up in a cozy chair with your favorite book and some hot tea. A reading nook is a great idea for smaller porches, as you need only one or two seats, some blankets and pillows, a soft rug and a small end table.
A welcoming living room
If you have the space, design a second, smaller living room in your front porch using a sofa or loveseat, a couple of accent chairs and a coffee table. When company comes to visit, you can enjoy catching up on the sofa while the sun keeps you warm and energized.
A casual dining space
Dining al fresco is enjoyable — until the bugs come out to ruin your meal. Consider eating in your enclosed porch instead, where the screen doors keep the bugs out but still let you enjoy natural lighting, the cool breeze and calming sounds of nature.
A charming game room
Bring your favorite board games, cards and puzzles into your porch to turn your former storage space into a game room. A spacious table and set of chairs are all you need to get more use of your porch. You can also add a few stylish accessories to give the room personality.
It's not too late to make your porch fantasies come true. Fall in love with your enclosed porch all over again by bringing in cozy furniture and affordable, stylish accessories.