Looking for porch decorating inspiration for a small space? Here are 7 small front porch ideas on a budget.
Before we moved, our former home didn’t have the largest front porch. In fact, it was more like a stoop.
But I did what I could to make it feel cozy and inviting by adding small front porch decor with a splash of color from two outdoor planters filled with flowers and a beautiful wreath on the door.
Our home has a few porches, two in the front and one in the backyard that we decorate and enjoy through the seasons.
The front of our house has an expansive porch with a flower bed that lends lots of cottage charm to this beautiful space. Although it is on the larger side as far as porches go, I broke it down into smaller spaces so it was more manageable to decorate on a dime.
Our backyard porch is a bit smaller and has an irregularly rounded shape deck. It’s beautiful, but this small covered porch was not easy to furnish and decorate.
Having decorated a range of porches through the years, the best small front porch ideas are ones that don’t cost much money but add a cozy, welcoming vibe to the front of the house.
It’s the first thing people see when they arrive at your front door, so it’s a great place to start when decorating an outdoor space.
Whether you have a small stoop or compact porch, here are 7 budget-friendly ways to give your small porch a makeover.
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About a Small Front Porch
A small front porch is a compact outdoor space located at the entrance of a home. It usually has limited square footage and may only accommodate a few chairs or a small bench.
Despite its size, a small front porch can still be a functional and inviting space that adds curb appeal to a home.
With the right design ideas and accessories, a small front porch can create a welcoming atmosphere and provide a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
7 Small Front Porch Ideas on a Budget
A small front porch can be a cozy and inviting space with the right design ideas, even if you’re on a tight budget. Here are some tips and ideas to help you make the most of your small front porch without breaking the bank.
Add Comfy Chairs and Seating
Look for affordable outdoor furniture options at the thrift store, garage sales, or online marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
And low-profile furniture is ideal so they don’t overwhelm small porch spaces.
Create a Container Garden or Two
A great way to cozy up an outdoor living space is by adding a pop of color with some potted plants. Plants and flowers in window boxes, flower pots, or a hanging basket are the perfect way to add color and texture to your porch.
Look for inexpensive planters at discount stores or use recycled items like old buckets, coffee cans, or even an old baby carriage like this.
Just make sure you add drainage holes to anything you use so your plants don’t drown when you water them. You could even add a beautiful potting bench so you can display your flowers too if you have enough room for it.
Use plants that are beautiful and low-maintenance plants so they are easy to care for. And if you still feel like you aren’t plant savvy? Don’t be afraid to tuck in some faux flowers like these gorgeous tulips and roses.
Add Light Fixtures
String lights or fairy lights, lanterns, or solar-powered lights can add a warm glow to your porch at night.
Look for affordable lighting options at thrift stores, vintage markets, discount stores, Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Dollar Tree, or other online marketplaces.
DIY Paint or Stain Your Porch
A fresh coat of paint or stain can give your porch a whole new look while adding lots of curb appeal too. And you’ll save a lot of money if you do it yourself.
Look for affordable paint or stain options at your local home improvement store and consider painting your front door a bright, bold color to make it stand out.
Decorate with Accessories
Small front porches need warmth and personality to create a welcoming vibe. One of the best ways to add flavor to your porch is with inexpensive accessories like outdoor throw pillows, a welcome mat, a small water fountain, or a decorative wreath.
I am in LOVE with the vintage floral throw pillow covers I bought for this spring and summer. They add some colorful cottage charm but are muted neutral at the same time. They are made for the outdoors so they can weather the elements with ease.
To soften the florals, I also added a few neutral buffalo check outdoor pillow covers. Don’t they look so pretty? An inexpensive way to create a big impact is to add some pretty house numbers and a welcome sign.
Consider adding a water feature so you can listen to the soothing sounds of water while you sip your coffee or a cozy glass of wine on the porch. There are water fountains that can suit any size or budget.
And after not having one for most of my life? Trust me, you need one! Look for small wall fountains or table top options. Finally, look for seasonal items on clearance or discount stores to change up your decor throughout the year. I love dressing our porches up for each season.
Use Outdoor Area Rugs
An area rug is an easy way to add some warmth and texture to small porches. Outdoor rugs have come a long way through the years, so there is a color and style for everyone.
Look for an outdoor rug on clearance or discount stores and shop for a size that fits your space. I strongly recommend measuring the space so you know the proper size area rug to purchase. Don’t guestimate!
Shop Your Home and Repurpose Items
When giving yourself a porch makeover, think outside the box and repurpose items you already have to decorate your porch.
Look through storage, your attic, or basement to find an affordable way to decorate the front of your home. For example, an old ladder can be used as a plant stand, or an old wooden crate can be turned into a side table.
More Budget-Friendly Small Porch Decorating Ideas
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If you’ve always dreamed of bringing country charm to your home while creating a beautiful, relaxing space, I got you! Learn how to grow flowers in even the smallest of spaces with my easy-care, low-maintenance approach.
- I like to use a good-quality, potting soil, garden soil, compost, and perlite when planting. While I make my own compost, you can easily buy it ready-made for use.
- I have used this deer repellent with great success. But now, I’m all about this deer repellent that is systemic instead of topical. This means the plant takes it in as opposed to it just smelling bad. If you want to minimize the work and not use repellents, choose plants that are deer-resistant from this list.
- Hands down this is my favorite hand-weeding tool. You can use it to get underneath roots and loosen soil, and it cuts down on the weeding time because you work much faster.
- But I also love this long, stand-up weeding tool to really get around roses from afar.
- I use this organic fertilizer for roses because the blooms are more prolific and it’s organic.
- And I use this organic fertilizer for my vegetables and herbs in the potager garden.
- You’ll need a sharp set of pruners when working with plants and flowers. I buy a few so I can stash them around.
- I use these garden snips to deadhead and cut flowers from my gardens.
- Where pest and disease problems are concerned, if I need to, I generally use this insecticidal soap or neem oil to help control infestations depending on the issue. When using, only apply when pollinators are less active.
- This is my go-to bait for slug and snail problems with my hostas and dahlias.
- This is my favorite set-and-forget slow-release fertilizer for houseplants, annuals, and container gardens.
- Whenever I stake my peonies or other plants, I generally use these grow-through garden supports because they work really well and keep the blooms upright.
- I use this collapsible bin ALL THE TIME. It is invaluable when working in the beds as it’s light to carry around and folds flat for easy storage.
- Drip irrigation set on a timer is your friend! I love these for my planters, window boxes, and hanging baskets.
- And this four way hose bib allows you to split one spicket into four!
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I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.
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