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Small Front Porch Decorating Ideas On A Budget

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Lots of decorating inspiration focuses on huge wraparound porches but what if you need small front porch decorating ideas on a budget? 

Not all of us are blessed with a large outdoor space but it is pretty easy to turn even the tiniest porch into an attractive entryway. 

Whether your porch is more of a covered entry,  (a small front porch like this is often called a portico),  or a skinny condo balcony, below you will find some cost-effective strategies to boost your curb appeal and add additional living space to your home. 

17 ideas for decorating a small porch on a budget

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What can I do with a small front porch?

If your porch is really small, you may be wondering if anything can be done to make a seating area or even just to make your home look more inviting from the outside. 

You will be surprised to see that even the smallest front porch can be turned into something amazing on a budget. 

First of all, create a vision. Do you want somewhere to sit in the evenings and watch the world go by? Or are you looking to add a wow-factor to your entranceway?

17 Small Front Porch Decorating Ideas On A Budget 


1. Rethink your mindset

Instead of viewing your porch as something you pass through on the way to the house, start thinking of it as another room in the house. 

You can style a small front porch just as you would any other living space in your home – add your personal touch with decor and accent pieces. 

small front porch decorating ideas on a budget


2. Use every inch

When space is precious, you need to really work every inch available. 

The easiest thing to do is to plan out your porch on a piece of paper. Think of everything you want to include (seating, plants etc) and then work from there. 

floor plans
Photo by Ryan Ancill on Unsplash

3. Go Vertical

Decorating a small front porch on a budget means being creative with your space. Look upwards and use the walls and even ceiling to decorate using outdoor pictures, wreaths and hanging plants. 

Below is a great example of  a small porch with artwork on the wall, seating and an outdoor rug to define the space. Click through to Design Dazzle for all the details. 

small front porch


4. Make a seating area that works 

Condo sized furniture is easy to buy nowadays and will allow you to be flexible with the kind of seating you want. You can easily find small bistro sets or even more comfy chairs for small spaces on Amazon and home decor stores. I bought a great set on Amazon last year. 

house with small porch and seating area


5. Change up the trim 

One of the easiest small front porch decorating ideas on a budget is to paint the trim of your porch a different color from your house. This adds visual appeal and makes the porch look like a separate space. 

Exterior of yellow family house with American flag. Concrete walkway lead to small covered porch. Northwest, USA


6. Extend the porch

Not everyone can do this but one idea to boost your small porch is to extend it out. This works especially well if you don’t have porch railings. 

You can consider adding the seating to the front yard or using large planter boxes on the steps. 

porch with red front door and lots of flowers


7. Use an outdoor rug

An outdoor rug is a budget friendly way to define your outdoor space. You can buy small ones at stores like Michaels. A bright color always looks nice. 

front porch with outdoor rug
Photo by Sonnie Hiles on Unsplash

8. Consider a bench

One way to add seating if space is tight is to use a bench. A bench can also double up as a storage space on your porch (or a place for the mailman to leave your parcels)

Siding house with column front porch and wood red bench


9. Double up on the storage 

While a bench that doubles as storage works great, you can also use ottomans like the one below as coffee tables and porch storage if you have the room.  Get more porch storage ideas here.


10. Use hanging baskets 

Flowers and plants really help to make a porch look inviting on a budget. If space is at a premium, consider adding hanging baskets to your porch columns or walls. 

Hanging baskets and lights on porch
Photo by Johannes Hofmann on Unsplash

11. Paint the door a contrasting color

If you don’t want to paint the trim, another option to boost your home’s curb appeal with a small porch is to paint your front door a bright color. 

bright teal front door
Photo by Deinna Granato on Unsplash

12. Add a wreath 

A wreath is a really quick and easy way to decorate your porch relatively cheaply. Look for coupons at Michaels or even make your own wreath. 

wreath on green front door
Photo by Georgia de Lotz on Unsplash

13. Check out the dollar store 

The dollar store is a treasure trove of porch decorations for people who need to save money. You can buy materials to make your own wreaths, cushion covers, lanterns and twinkle lights. 


14. Paint is your friend 

I’ve already spoken about painting your trim or door but another way to elevate your porch is to paint the floor. The picture below is from a great tutorial on painting your porch from Rooms For Rent. 

You can find special non-slip porch paint at hardware stores and if you are feeling fancy, you can even create patterns with stencils. 

painted porch


15. Enclose it

If your porch is really small and you can’t make seating work, one option is to enclose your porch and turn it into a small mudroom.

 This is not as budget-friendly as some of the other options but it can increase your home’s value by adding more square footage to your house.

screened in porch


16. Use the walls 

Don’t forget that you can hang decorations on the walls of your porch to save space. I love this “Welcome to our porch” sign from Metal Unlimited on  Etsy.

metal sign saying welcome to our porch

17. Don’t forget the lighting 

Lighting is essential, especially if you have a small porch. Twinkle lights, hung high work well as well as a bright light by the front door. 

Christmas lights on porch

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