When we moved into our apartment, I knew I wanted to have a spot to hang out outside. Since we are renting, we didn’t have much to work with but this small porch that looked over our community pool was perfect. It’s actually a great place to sit for sunsets in the summertime, but it definitely needed to be spruced up a little bit so I decided to do a small porch makeover on a budget.
Once spring rolled around, I ordered a set of chairs and a side table from Wayfair. I also threw up some lantern string lights that I think are so cute! But sadly, after getting all that set up, I never touched our porch again. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great spot to sit, but we weren’t really utilizing the space we had. So, I decided to makeover our small porch on a budget.
Small Porch Before:
Small Porch After:
Renter and Budget-Friendly
Since we are renting, everything we used needed to be renter-friendly. I also wanted it to be budget-friendly because we’re not sure when we might pack our bags for the next home. I knew I wanted something cozy and relaxing…something that made me want to sit out on our small porch and actually enjoy it.
Outdoor Rug and Carpet
First, we needed something to cover up the wood. My daughter, Rylee, plays out here a lot and her toys tend to fall through the cracks..oops! I also wanted to cover it up because I knew it would make this space much cozier.
We measured out the floor, made a trip to Home Depot, and found an outdoor carpet that would cover the wood for under $27… So cheap! We also grabbed some of the smallest nails possible so we didn’t do any damage to the wood.
After installing the carpet, I laid down a small 3 x 5 jute rug from Target. I wish it was a little bigger, but again, we’re thinking budget-friendly.
Make your small porch Cozy
To make it a little bit more lively, I added in lots of plants. I already had three black macrame plant hangers sitting in my closet. So, I put those to use, and I love how the flowers and plants turned out. It really does add so much life and color to this space.
Use What You Have to decorate your small porch on a budget
Using what you already have is one of the best ways to keep things budget-friendly. Almost all of the decor were things we already had laying around. The macrame plant hangers were sitting in my closet for a long time, so I was very happy to put those to use. We also already had the outdoor chair set, lantern string lights, and most of the things on the corner shelf. Like I said, we are renting, so buying as little as possible is key here.
Materials Needed for Your Small Porch on a Budget
- Outdoor carpet
- Screws, washers, carpet cutter
- Outdoor rug
- Set of Chairs
- Throws and Pillows
- Plant Hangers
- Corner shelf for decor
- Cordless Diffuser
- String Lights
- Watering Can
With just a few additions, this small porch transformed with so much ease, low cost, and brought so much more comfort.
I’m looking forward to our next rental-friendly DIY. Follow along to see the next project!