Refresh your back porch by using these ideas on how to decorate your back porch on a budget. With these tips, you can create a beautiful porch inexpensively.
By doing a few budget friendly updates, you can make your small back porch an extended part of your home. One that you will enjoy and use all summer long.
Decorate Your Back Porch On A Budget
I have shared my screened in porch several times here on the blog. It’s not a huge space. Just big enough for a sitting area and eating area which makes it perfect for our family.
This room transitions so easily for me. It is another living space for us in the warmer months.
This is such a versatile space. Our family uses it for eating, reading a good book, great conversations, even napping. And of course, I blog out here. Decorating this space has made it even better for our family.
How To Make Your Porch Look Beautiful
Let me tell you about the budget friendly refreshers I did to my screened in porch to make it my happy place. Or I should say, our happy place.
These back porch ideas can transform your space, too.
- added a rug
- new pillows
- fresh flowers
- a quilt with a good book
These little touches just brightened this space. Now, I spend every spare moment here!
Keep reading to see how you can do the same.
Divide Up Your Space
Create different areas on your porch for different activities. You will get a lot more use from your outdoor living space. This will help to justify any expenses incurred to spruce up your porch.
This space is actually two different areas. I have one area for our wicker dining table and chairs. And one area for a sitting area that focuses on comfort.
So, that we can enjoy all the quiet summer activities.
I am very fortunate to have a screened in porch. It keeps the mosquitoes at bay and keeps us cool with the two ceiling fans whirring above. Not too small but just enough space to enjoy and decorate pretty.
Five Ideas On How To Save On Back Porch Decor
- shop your house
- shop discount stores
- make one time quality purchases
Look over the existing decor in your space. Determine what can stay and what needs to replaced for whatever reason. My reasons are generally that the decor is dated or worn-out due to weather or simply it’s not my style anymore.
Shop Your House First
When a new season rolls around and I find the need to freshen up a space, as in this case my back porch, I shop my house first. This is one way you can decorate your back porch on a budget.
I seem to
hoard save a lot of home decor. I think my daughter has inherited this gene because that beautiful white planter is one of her castoffs. Why waste a perfectly good planter. I scooped it up to use here on the back porch. I filled it with three succulents. Hens and chicks to be precise.
DIY Whenever Possible
My Cricut and I are close friends. I use this little cutting machine to make stencils so I can paint signage for wall decor.
One of the very first signs I created was this Porch Rules wall sign. I love it and never get tired of it. I think it is a permanent fixture in this room.
So, if you have some odd pieces of wood laying around, make a sign out of it.
I also will sew pillows when I get a chance like I did a couple of summers ago. Pillows are really easy to sew and take very little time. What a money saver making them yourself can be. Using under a yard of fabric to make a pillow cover makes sewing very economical.
If your furniture looks weather worn because you didn’t cover it during the winter. Guilty here! Paint it. You can pick up some paint very inexpensively. With a little sweat equity, your outdoor furniture will be beautiful once again.
I love to drape quilts and throws over chairs. I think they add a lot of comfort to a space. They make your porch more inviting. Add in a good book for a lovely afternoon.
When the nights are cool, what better way to warm up then snuggling under a quilt. If you are a quilter, bring a quilt to your porch. Adding a quilt, makes your small back porch cozy.
I wouldn’t leave a quilt out long term due to exposing it to the weather.
Repurpose Old Items And Give Them New Life
I had purchased these planters from Walmart and used them for Easter Planters to decorate with. I’ll be honest, I got tired of them last year and took them apart.
I really didn’t care for the color of the planters. What to do? Paint them, of course. I grabbed my jar of white chalk paint and a sponge brush and literally threw paint on them. I wasn’t careful at all but I like how they turned out.
I bought some cheap plants at Home Depot. And potted them. Just the touch my screened in porch needed. Plants add a lot of natural color to decor. I think it’s important to add living plants into a room.
In case you’re wondering, these are called Polka Dot Plants. These plants like partial sun so I think they’ll be fine here in my screened in porch.
Shop Discount Stores
I rarely buy anything at a regular store when it comes to home decor. Unless it’s an item I know I will be using for years. I would rather spend as little as possible on home decor. Especially, since I change out decor so often.
I purchased the rug at Marshall’s this year. They have great prices on things like this. When I priced rugs at regular stores, they were double the price. It definitely pays to shop around. That way you know you are getting the best deal.
I also got the blue striped pillows at Marshall’s. I kind of felt bad buying them instead of sewing some but the pillows were on clearance. Who can resist clearance?
Which brings me to my next point. Always check the clearance section. You just never know what bargains you will find.
Home Goods is another favorite store of mine. And of course, Hobby Lobby.
With these stores, you need to shop early in the season and often if you want the best deals.
Make Quality Purchases
Now when making large purchases such as furniture or cushions for furniture, buy the best that you can afford. This may not seem the ideal way to decorate your back porch on a budget but let me explain.
These pieces will serve you for many years. If you buy quality furniture, you won’t be replacing it very often.
My wicker pieces are well over ten years old and have held up well. The settee and chairs are real wicker while the dining table is resin. I expect them to last another ten years. Money saved!
We purchased a new set of cushions for the wicker chairs this year. The other set just wore out from use.
I’ll probably get about 5 years wear out of them. Which isn’t bad. It’ll be time to update by then, I suppose.
Cushions are an investment. You are better off to get weather resistant fabric that will last longer than regular fabric. Ideally, get the best that you can afford and you will save money over the long haul.
Overall, it’s very simple to decorate your back porch on a budget.
By using these tips, you can easily refresh your back porch on a budget. You don’t need to spend a bunch of money to get a new look. That’s always a plus to me.
What tips do you have for saving money on back porch decor? I would love to know!