Porch Life: 8 Suggestions for Great Outdoor Dining

Dining on the porch brings the very best of both worlds. Whether out front or back, open or screened, with a meal on the porch allows you to enjoy the fresh air and outdoor views without having to pack a basket or cram together on a picnic blanket. Here are eight tips for setting up a dining space.

Rauser Design

Mix and match furniture just like you would inside. Matchy-matchy outdoor dining sets are no longer required; today there are many options for furniture that can stand up to the components. Furthermore, a porch roof provides ample protection for the majority of the year, so long as golf-ball-size hail is not coming in sideways.

If space is limited, treat 1 corner of the porch like a little breakfast nook. A little rounded dining table and two to four chairs may cozy up into a little space and leave room for settees, rockers and armchairs on the remaining part of the porch.

Witt Construction

On a screened-in porch, put a round table in an outer corner. This maximizes the views for as many folks in the table as you can.

Crisp Architects

Heal your porch table for example your formal dining table. That means incorporating fresh blooms and candleholders.

Su Casa Designs

Take cues in your formal dining room when it comes to hanging lighting. This onion lantern pendant has outside style, but it is hung in an interior way — centered over the dining table.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

In case you’ve got a very long dining table, consider hanging more than 1 lantern.

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Permit your rustic flag fly. If a number of the previous images are a little too formal for your perfect porch, then by all means, go more crude. This charmingly rustic porch and its coordinating twig furniture make a comfy picnic atmosphere where you are able to pretend you’re roughing it — you know, like MBAs on a dude ranch.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

Insert an outdoor kitchen. A porch provides great cover for cooking al fresco, and you won’t need to take the serving dishes very much better.

Witt Construction

Or incorporate your grill with built-ins. A stucco port hood, stone stands and counters give the grill a presence that fits into the old-world European flair of the rest of this home.

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Screened-In Porches
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