Ideas for Front Porch Furniture

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Ideas for Front Porch Furniture
Front porch furniture welcomes guests to stay and enjoy the weather. (rocking chairs on porch image by Kathy Burns from Fotolia.com)

The front porch of a home is often a gathering spot for family and friends. A nicely decorated and comfortable front porch tells neighbours they are welcome to stop by for a visit. Choose porch furniture for style, comfort and durability. There is a type of porch furniture for sun and insect protection, lounging, or even playing. All are sure to make your front porch a welcoming place for everyone who visits.

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Wicker Chairs

The wicker chair is an old-fashioned style idea for front porch furniture. This type of chair is suitable for outdoors because of its all-weather material. Wicker chairs are also stylish and elegant for staging a front porch. A simple cushion can add a little more comfort to a wicker chair so you can sit and read a book or sip lemonade on your porch. Some wicker chairs are lightweight and allow you the option of moving them around easily for guests, or for a new look. A high quality, durable wicker chair may be more expensive, but it will last many years.

Porch Swing

Porch swings add a hint of playfulness and comfort to a front porch. A swing is reminiscent of childhood days and guests will feel welcomed to stay. Porch swings are built from various types of wood like cedar, oak, cherry or yellow pine. Cedar wood is ideal for a porch swing because it survives in all weather, yet remains attractive. Pine or maple woods do not age well with rain and other outdoor elements. However, paint can lengthen the life of the wood. Seat cushions also add comfort to porch swings, making it a perfect idea for porch furniture.

Chaise Longue Chair

A chaise longue chair is a great idea for front porch furniture because of its style and comfort. The seat on a chaise longue chair stretches out for leg support. Wooden chaise longues take some care to survive the weather. Be careful of rainwater damaging the wood. Resin material is a better choice for chaise longues because it works well outdoors. Resin does not warp from moisture or fade under the sun. Pillows and cushions are perfect additions to chaise longues for extra comfort. Nylon is an ideal fabric for outdoor pillows because it is weather resistant and keeps its colour in the sun.

Gazebo Screen House

A gazebo screen house is a pop up structure with steel beams to house all of your porch furniture. It closes up for easy storage and later use. The screen blocks out mosquitoes, flies, and bees, so that you can enjoy your time outdoors. There are several advantages to using a gazebo screen house instead of a permanent wooden gazebo structure. Aside from being hundreds of dollars cheaper, a screen house provides mobility. The structure can move from the patio to the yard or on vacation with ease. In addition, on very hot days a gazebo screen house blocks harmful UV rays from the sun.

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