There are a number of screened porch ideas that you can utilize to enhance the living space available in your home. Whether you already have a porch area and are looking to improve it, or if you are planning to build a new space from scratch, take the time to consider how you want the room to function. This step will help you decide how to best design the room and decide which features you want to incorporate.
Screened In Porch Ideas- Play Area
One common screened porch idea is to use it as a play area for the kids. If you think that this may be a viable option for you then you may want to think about things like low tables and chairs. Toy boxes built right into the structure can be a great way to keep the area organized and free of clutter.
If you are really creative, you can build things like a railroad to go around the top of the area, or tracks for toy cars can be built right into the floor. The possibilities are limitless once you start dreaming about the uses for this type of space.
Another of the many screened porche ideas that is popular with many new homeowners is to develop a party area. Many summer gatherings naturally end up moving outside, so you might as well have a designated place for the party to center. A screened porch can be designed to function as everything from a central sitting area to a bar.
There are a number of amenities that can be added to this space that will allow you to use your screened porch area as a second kitchen. Top of the line grills with side burners will allow you to entertain your guests while you cook.
You won’t have to make any trips back and forth to the interior kitchen if you build your porch to include everything that you need. Everything from outdoor cabinets to outdoor sinks are available for you to complete your screened in party area.
Some homeowners have decided put their own unique twist on a traditional screened porch idea. Since the screened porch is generally located in the back of the house and offers some degree of privacy, it makes a great place to build a relaxation center for your family. If you are into meditation then you may find it very useful to create a quiet place where you can sit and be undisturbed.
Others find that spending time with their family is the most relaxing part of the day. These folks may find that adding something like a Jacuzzi is a great addition to their space. It can be enjoyed as a family, or it can be a place to hideaway after the kids are in bed.
One simple porch project that will make your porch a much more inviting place for party guests to stand around is to add a shallow shelf, or wrap, all the way around the perimeter. Begin by making a quick trip to your local home improvement store and finding enough linear feet of board material to go all the way around the room.
Since this is going to be on porch, it doesn’t have to be the highest quality wood, but you don’t want people getting splinters either. Find some straight pieces of a nice clean, yet economical, 1×6 stock.
Generally, in a screened in porch, the framing that you need to support this shelf is already in place. The middle support of the screen walls should be at an ideal height for this shelf. All that you have to do is screw it down.
A built in bench is also another simple screened porch idea. Using basic framing lumber, construct a simple four-legged bench with a top made from slatted 2 x 4’s. The structure of the bench can be screwed right into the framed walls giving it an lot of stability. This is a quick way to add seating to your outdoor living space, without adding a lot of expense.
For some, the idea of decorating and designing a porch seems absurd. To others, this is a dream project. If you are one who loves the idea of picking out designer furniture and accessories for your outdoor space, then the addition of some nice patio furniture may be your ideal screened porch project.
Though many home improvement retailers now carry some very nice patio furniture, most styles look the same. If you are in the market for something that is unique and that the neighbors won’t have, then check with some higher end furniture stores. Though they may not have the sets in stock, they will be able to order them. A nice set of patio furniture can add a lot of instant zip to your space.
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