Add style to the most overlooked location of the home: The front porch
When furnishing your home, you obviously think of the living room, dining room, bedroom and kitchen as essential places to layout and place furniture, especially upholstered pieces. We’re here to tell you to remember the front porch too! It is one of the most overlooked locations of the home, but a few great pieces could make all the difference.The front porch is a prime location for those secondhand pieces you are eyeing for that special reupholstering project,or even sometimes for those pieces you don’t know where to add. You can go a little wilder than you normally might in a living room with regard to prints and patterns, since the home’s exterior is usually a solid color, stucco or brick and can stand up to a little whimsy.
 

The front porch serves as a transitional area from the outside to the inner sanctum that is your home. It is a place to be fun and silly or to set the guest up for the décor they’ll find upon entering. You can really work with the seasons when furnishing your front porch as well. The bright pastel colors of spring and stark, darker colors of winter can be echoed in the pieces you place on the porch. Special holidays such as Christmas and Halloween notwithstanding, there is pretty much no limit to what you can do with the porch area.A professional chair reupholstery service will be able to advise you on the best fabrics to choose for furniture that will be somewhat exposed to the elements. These choices range from canvas, to rope or even vinyl. It takes skill to work with some of the stiffer items, so seek out the counsel of an expert before embarking on an ambitious project.

Consider visiting yard sales to grab up some affordable and worn, but not broken pieces. You will not want to sign on for a repair project on top of reupholstering furniture for the first time. Remember that a weather-beaten chair can become immensely more inviting if you add some padding and a nice fabric covering. The combination of new and old will be striking to the eye and immediately adds interest to the space.

Just because the front porch is “sort of” outside, doesn’t mean it has to look like you don’t pay attention to it. Treat it as the additional room of your downstairs – hang items on the exterior and place tables and lights to make it an inviting space to curl up with a book or sit in to have a cup of coffee and relaxing conversation.

Paying attention to your front porch as a room of its own will pay off in the overall look of the exterior of your home. The curb appeal alone is why some realtors are even suggesting that prospective home sellers put effort into styling their front porch. That subtle idea that the owners care about every inch of their property can make the difference in a home selling or not. So if you can add some value to your front porch with a simple furniture upholstery project, why not go for it?