Clutter-free patio furniture ideas

My house has a front porch that runs the full length of the front of the house. The view from inside the house is terrific and uncluttered when there isn’t any patio furniture clogging up the porch. However, there are times when I entertain when having furniture out there would be nice.

Faced with this problem of only sort-of wanting patio furniture, I eventually decided to buy two types of furniture for my porch. The first is what I call indoor-outdoor furniture: pieces that I can use inside my house 99 percent of the time, but that I can take outside without fear of damage from the elements. The second type is what I call temporary furniture: pieces that are inflatable, totally kitsch, and easy to store.

The dual-purpose seating I purchased (which is very easy to clean) helps me both inside with much needed seating and outside during social gatherings. The inflatable furniture easily stores flat when not in use on a utility closet shelf, and also has the bonus of being a great conversation starter.

When looking for outdoor furniture, consider keeping your yard or porch typically clutter free by only using outdoor-indoor furniture and temporary, inflatable pieces.


This post was originally published in June 2007.

5 Comments for “Clutter-free patio furniture ideas”

  1. posted by jgodsey on

    i totally understand. but what’s the use of a porch that doesn’t function as another ‘room’?
    i have a 19thc brick/screen porch the length of my house. in the summer months i put out only wooden or wicker folding furniture, tables, chairs, footstools – all bought at flea markets. when i bring the storm windows down for the season, i fold everything up and store it.

  2. posted by getstender on

    I agree with jgodsey. A trend has been afoot for some time to consider our outside environments as extensions of our homes. You would likely not consider your living room too cluttered simply because it contained, say, a sofa and a chair. In the same manner some nice, more permanent, outdoor furniture can provide a sense of comfort and welcome that makes your guests feel that you have anticipated their needs.

  3. posted by David Baker on

    In my mind, being clutter free is removing the unnecessary and streamlining the necessary to make my life easier. That being said, while I often agree with post here, I just don’t get this. It seems like you are creating more work for yourself and not making the porch a fully functional part of your living space by moving stuff around like this.

  4. posted by Erin on

    My front porch, I don’t think, is like other people’s front porches. It is more of a design element on the house instead of a room that happens to be outdoors. Furniture on the porch blocks light from entering the house, obscures the view of the woods, and looks messy instead of inviting. Additionally, if I were to leave furniture out on it all of the time, the furniture would run a high risk of being stolen (as well as being covered in mold, mildew, and critters). In contrast, if I were to live in a beautiful Victorian mansion with a wrap-around porch or in a newly built home with a grand backyard outdoor kitchen … well, my opinion of outdoor furniture might be significantly different.

  5. posted by Liora on

    Hrm. Those clickserv links never work for me. Maybe it’s a Firefox thing. I’ve never seen outdoor furniture that I’d want indoors. Would be interested to see what these are. Here in the South, you leave anything outside, and it’s turned yellow-green by pollen in no time. We generally don’t mix our outdoor furniture with indoor. Everything outside has to get sprayed down (or rained on) every now and then, too.

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