7 Porches That Make the Case for Front Yard Living

front porch with swing sofa
All the inspo you need to transform your front porch into your new entertaining space.

Summer parties are synonymous with backyard pool hangs and BBQs, but who says front yards shouldn't get some love? Turns out, we're all looking for ways to make the most of the underused space—searches for ways to entertain and live in front yards are up 67% YoY on Pinterest. Not sure where to begin? We've rounded up our favorite ways to make your porch an extension of your home.

  1. Make room for a dining space.

    Make the most of your front porch with these ideas on how to design and makeover your space into an entertaining oasis—add a wood dining table, metal chairs, citronella candles and hanging plants for a great place to enjoy breakfast and family meals.
    Photo by Liz Marie Blog

    Set up a dining table for a great place to eat breakfast and enjoy family meals. Go with a weather-resistant table and chairs and set larger citronella candles on top to keep pests away.

  2. Keep it cozy.

    Make the most of your front porch with these ideas on how to design and makeover your space into an entertaining oasis—hang a swing sofa with lots of plush white pillows for a cozy place to curl up.
    Photo by Leah G Bailey Interiors

    Plush cushions, oversized pillows and fresh flowers will make your outdoor space feel just as cozy and chic as your indoor ones.

  3. Hang curtains.

    Make the most of your front porch with these ideas on how to design and makeover your space into an entertaining oasis—hang breezy curtains to create a sense of space and seclusion and string lights to make the space feel grand.
    Photo by KelleyNan

    The biggest issue with outdoor living can be a lack of privacy. Curtains create a sense of space and seclusion. Plus, you can always open them up when you're feel neighborly.

  4. Install different lighting options.

    Make the most of your front porch with these ideas on how to design and makeover your space into an entertaining oasis—hang varied types of lights like lanterns and string lights to create a warm and inviting glow.
    Photo by ZevyJoy

    Natural light has it perks, but when the sun goes down you need a little help from lanterns and candles to one, actually be able to see and two, create ambience. Don't just rely on wall sconces and citronella candles for lighting—hang varied types of lights to achieve a warm glow.

  5. Hang a chair (or two).

    Make the most of your front porch with these ideas on how to design and makeover your space into an entertaining oasis—hang this rattan chair and add poufs, floor pillows and cacti for a chic Southwestern vibe.
    Photo by Lynden Foss for Spell & the Gypsy Collective

    Hanging furniture is always a good idea. We love this rattan option that will give any porch a bohemian Southwestern vibe. Add a few poufs, floor pillows and cacti to complete the look.

  6. Lay a rug down.

    Make the most of your front porch with these ideas on how to design and makeover your space into an entertaining oasis—add a rug made of weatherproof sisal, jute or cotton to turn your porch into a true extension of your home.
    Photo by Jersey Ice Cream Co.

    Make your porch feel like a true extension of your home by adding a rug (or two) to the space. Stick with weatherproof rugs made of natural materials like sisal, jute or cotton.

  7. Add a hammock.

    Make the most of your front porch with these ideas on how to design and makeover your space into an entertaining oasis—if you've got a small or screened in porch, hang a hammock for a cozy spot to read or lounge, rain or shine.
    Photo by Lisa Danielle Blog

    Purchased a home with a small or screened in porch? Take advantage of the close quarters and hang a hammock for a cozy spot to read or lounge—rain or shine.