Seating Secrets for Your Porch

From wicker chairs to porch swings, these outdoor furniture options feature comfort and style.

Photo By: Steve Exum ©Sunbrella

Photo By: Kreis Beall & Heather Anne Thomas

Photo By: Steve Exum

Photo By: Steve Exum

Cozy Porch Swings

When designing your porch, consider how you want to use it. A swinging daybed is a must-have for afternoon naps, while a charming wood bench provides extra seating for guests who stop by to visit. Photo courtesy of Sunbrella

A Pleasant Meal on the Porch

Outdoor dining is one of life's little luxuries. When you're choosing furniture for your porch consider how it responds to the elements of weather and how easy it is to clean. Photography by Beall+Thomas Photography

Charming Wooden Rocking Chairs

A wood rocking chair or swing are favorites on many porches, but remember that wood furniture requires paint, stain or a sealer. Making sure your outdoor furniture is properly maintained will ensure long-lasting use.

Lively Porch Accessories

Woven baskets, terra-cotta pots with fresh flowers and topiary planters can add lots of nice texture to a porch. Don't be afraid to be bold with vibrant colors on your porch.

Resilient Outdoor Materials

Use durable mildew-resistant outdoor linens, pillows and throws or a vibrant doormat to infuse color in an otherwise white porch. Blue and green colors are great for outdoor spaces, because they don't compete with the natural scenery.

Ropes for Swinging Daybeds

Hanging chains for porch swings are often made of stainless or galvanized steel. If you prefer the look of rope, make sure it is marine-grade braided nylon or polyester and check it regularly for wear.

Traditional Wicker

Natural wicker furniture is a classic choice but is best suited for protected porches. Porch furniture pieces made from synthetic wicker offer a wicker style but are more durable and can be exposed to the elements. Photo courtesy of Sunbrella

Mix and Match Furniture

Don't be afraid to mix different types of porch furniture together. Classic wicker furniture combined with a rich wooden coffee table creates an outdoor space that's charming and unique. Photo courtesy of Sunbrella