15 Ways to Arrange Your Porch Furniture

15 Ways to Arrange your Porch

How to arrange your porch furniture for maximum comfort

Is there anything more inviting than comfortable furniture on an inviting porch? Whether it’s a front porch that welcomes visitors or a back porch that’s private and perfect for entertaining, we love the way a porch functions as an additional living room during the summer months. That’s why it’s important to make the most of the outdoor seating and dining space you have, and the biggest thing is furniture arrangement. You can up your porch game with furniture layout in a way that functions for your needs. Here are 15 ideas for coming up with a perfect design for your porch furniture.

1. Classic Porch Furniture Arrangement — A Sofa & Two Chairs

Our go-to furniture for larger porches is the classic combination of a comfortable porch sofa and two chairs. Just like your living room, this is a foolproof layout that works in a den, on a patio, and yes, on your porch too. In the porch above, we love the way louvered shutters and a chandelier really give this outdoor space the polish of an indoor space.

porch furniture with chairs and a loveseat

2. Two Loveseats and a Mix of Chairs

Loveseats are a great use of space because realistically, you’ll only seat 2 people to a couch (just like you will a love seat), but their shorter width allows you to squeeze in more chairs. In this space, Suzanne Kasler used her Directoire collection — two loveseats, three lounge chairs, a coffee table, side table, and even a little folding cafe chair. The great thing about this arrangement is that all of these pieces can be moved around for a more versatile setup!

porch furniture with seating and tables

3. Create a Corner with Two Sofas

Your first instinct might be to place two sofas facing each other, and while that’s a great layout that always works, we also like to create a corner with two outdoor sofas. The result is an intimate corner where you can chat tête-à-tête. It also opens up the other side of the seating space for easier flow.

Arrange your porch with an outdoor sectional

4. Use a Sectional to Create Boundaries

Alternatively, a 3-piece sectional can create the same intimate seating as the corner to corner arrangement above. We like to use a sectional when space is at a premium as sectionals will offer lots more seating for a smaller amount of floor space — always a winner!

Add a chaise lounge into your outdoor porch

5. Work a Chaise into Your Porch Arrangement

Typically we think of chaise lounge chairs for relaxing by the pool, but they’re actually easy to work into your seating arrangement too! Here, we created an asymmetrical arrangement with our Amalfi Collection — a sofa, two chairs, a coffee table, and a chaise in the opposite corner.

6. Substitute a Chair with an Ottoman

If you’re short on space, consider substituting a chair with an ottoman. This space uses a sofa, one chair, but then an ottoman can act as a foot stool or an extra perch when you’re entertaining. An ottoman is more versatile than a chair which is especially helpful when you’re trying to make the most of a small porch.

Porch furniture arrangement with dining and seating space

7. Dining & Seating in a Small Space

We often run into a dilemma when decorating a porch — do you want a dining or a seating space. What if you want both! One way to bring both into a smaller porch is to do just a pair of chairs. It’s far easier to work two chairs into a space than a full sofa and coffee table. To keep the space above from feeling cramped, we substituted traditional dining chairs with benches.

Arrange your porch with four chairs in a circle

8. Four Chairs in a Circle

There’s no rule you have to use a sofa at all on a porch! And no space illustrates how inviting a porch can be with just four chairs than this one. How chic is this? Placing four chairs in a circle makes the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail with friends while you’re waiting for the grill to heat up!

How to arrange your porch furniture

9. Face-to-Face Seating

We’ve showed you the combination of a sofa with two chairs on either side, but for a space that’s deeper than it is wide, place the chairs across from the sofa so they’re facing one another. We’ll often use this setup when we want to allow for traffic flow through the space. With a coffee table, side table, and floating cube, there are plenty of places to place your drink or kick up your heels.

Decorate a small porch or balcony with a pair of chairs, a side table, and a garden seat

10. A Pair of Chairs

You may be noticing a theme with many of these spaces — a pair of chairs. Both inside and outside, we tend to think that two chairs are better than one. Who wants to drink a glass of wine alone? For a narrow balcony or small porch space, we suggest a simple pair of chairs with a side table between them. This is a great option for narrow front porches too! Use a classic garden stool as a side table and for outdoor pull out seating when needed.

How to arrange your porch furniture

11. Divide Your Narrow Porch into Two Seating Spaces

If you have a long, narrow porch, it’s impossible to come up with an arrangement where someone at one end can socialize with someone at the other. Instead, divide your space into two different seating areas. Pull a loveseat and two chairs tightly together on one end, then do a simple pair on the other end. This way, you can have a more intimate, private setting for when you’re reading a book, but when guests come over, you have a larger entertaining space too. In other words, it’s ok if one seating area can’t do it all — divide and conquer!

12. Bring Together Dining and Seating

Another option for split porch layouts? Dividing them into a separate seating and dining area. In the outdoor room above, we used a large outdoor dining table to create a dining space, with a seperate outdoor seating area anchored by an umbrella and outdoor rug. The outdoor drapery adds color and gives privacy when needed. Outdoor rugs and drapes are a great way to help visually divide the space as they clearly indicate two different areas.

How to arrange your long, narrow porch

13. Two Long Sectionals Side-by-Side

At the 2014 Southern Living Idea House, Suzanne Kasler was challenged with furnishing a long, narrow covered porch, and she placed two 4-piece sectionals from her Directoire Collection side-by-side to create two distinct and equally inviting spaces — create for hosting big parties! She finished off the two different areas with mirrored coffee tables and lounge chairs.

Arrange your porch with just chairs

14. Just Chairs

On the porch of the Idea House Bunny Williams’ designed, she used just chairs to create a cozy but open porch. We love this because everyone gets their own seat, and with a porch as large as this, you can fit plenty of seating!

How to arrange your long, narrow porch

15. Mix It Up

Why limit yourself to just one seating area? If you have a super long porch (what we wouldn’t give to hang out here during the summer!), mix it up. Here, you can see a pair of chairs in the foreground, a dining area, two chaise lounge, and a deep porch swing at the far end of the porch.

Whew! That’s a lot of porches. Which one was your favorite? Do you feel like you now have a better handle on how to arrange your space?

Find more outdoor decorating ideas, browse all of our outdoor collections, or find inspiration on our Outdoor Decor Pinterest board.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    Zoe Campos

    July 17, 2020

    Thank you for telling me that the furniture arrangement plays a huge role when it comes to my patio decoration. I dropped by at my friend’s house the other day for a tea party and realize that it might be a good idea to decorate my patio like hers. I’ll try to look for some Minka aire fans that I can use and start from there.

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    Jane Smith

    July 17, 2020

    Thanks for this article and nice photos!

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    F. Robinson

    July 9, 2020

    I agree with all the other comments, beautiful porch designs. I have one question though, the area on my porch that I am decorating is 6×6, would a rug that is 5×7 be sufficient to cover the area? By the way your outdoor rugs are beautiful as I am in the market for an outdoor rug.

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      Abbey Nolte

      January 8, 2021

      Yes, that size should work for your space!

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    wall art san diego

    October 16, 2018

    As there are various ideas available on the internet but you have tell amazing ways to arrange the porch as it is not easy to arrange the porch but it is not hard too also you can take the brief idea from this website as it tells everything in a fantastic way.

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    Michael Clarke

    September 1, 2018

    First of all, I must say that it’s an amazing blog post. All the ways you have mentioned to arrange furniture are looks so beautiful. Definitely wanna try out these ways at home.

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    Travis Ward

    July 13, 2018

    Nice article! Thanks for those ideas.

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    Laura Fielder

    May 27, 2018


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    Mrs. Eyler

    January 21, 2018

    Thank you fir this article! It is always inspirational to see design ideas with pictures AND photos! I can’t wait for spring to okay around with my screened porch design!

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    Kendall Ryder

    October 3, 2016

    I like the idea of creating corner with two sofas or with a large sectional sofa. That way you will have more space to sit around and enjoy your patio. If you have guests there often, then they will all have a place to sit and be comfortable. Plus, it makes it more appealing for you to go outside more often!

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