Outdoor porch furniture is not just an afterthought. Front porch furniture meets and greets guests and provides R&R for family members.
When you buy outdoor porch furniture for your rustic log home, consider how you will use it, and the impression it will make, on people who come to your home…
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- Porch Rocking Chairs – When you think of a porch, rocking chairs always come to mind. Sitting in a rocking chair is relaxing, and it’s a great way to watch the world go by…
- Outdoor Log Furniture – Is there anything more appropriate for a log cabin porch than log outdoor furniture? It’s rustic and rugged, and it will last for years. Most of all, it looks perfect, on a log home porch or patio.
- Outdoor Furniture Bench – Benches look cool on a rustic log home porch. And they are for two or more people. When you sit on a bench together, you get a feeling of intimacy and coziness.
- Front Porch Swing – Long hours spent on a porch swing will give you many fond memories. Can you imagine a rustic log home without one?
- Porch Swing Stand – If you prefer not to hang your porch swing from the roof of your porch, a porch swing stand can make it a free standing porch swing.
- Wooden Adirondack Chairs – Adirondack chairs are an old standby. They were popular years ago, and you still see them everywhere in peoples’ yards and on porches, today.
- Rustic Garden Furniture – In addition to the outdoor porch furniture above, there are also pretty outdoor pieces that can be left in the open–in garden areas and on your front lawn.
How to Choose Outdoor Porch Furniture
Your outdoor porch furniture will stay outdoors—unless you live in the North and take it indoors for the winter months. Which is not a bad idea.
Furniture that will be on a porch is partially protected from the weather. It won’t be directly in the rain or snow, but it can be subject to blowing moisture or direct sunlight.
This rustic log home porch has a number of nice features. The log posts and railings coordinate the porch and the house nicely. The porch includes a porch swing, rustic chairs, and a table and chairs for eating. Note the use of hanging potted plants and bird feeders to add interest for the porch sitters.
Choose outdoor porch furniture that will work for your family:
- Relaxation – Porches are made for sitting and conversing. For discussing the weather, politics and the state of the world. Choose rustic chairs, benches, settees and swings that are comfortable and inviting—and where you’d like to sit for hours.
- Socializing – When you have a nice porch, you’ll want to socialize with friends and family there. You’ll want to have an afternoon lemonade with cookies, or a glass of wine, before dinner. Make sure you have rustic porch tables where guests can set their glasses or cans and where you can serve appetizers before dinner.
- Tough and rugged – Pretty much anything goes on outdoor porch furniture. It needs to be able to handle rough and rugged treatment. People on porches place shoes and boots on chairs and tables. They place glasses and beverage cans on tables and furniture, without thoughts of a coaster. And kids will flop down on outdoor porch furniture—not gently.But this all goes with the territory. That’s the whole purpose of your outdoor porch furniture! We use it without scolding the kids or making rules. It’s the one place where everyone can relax and kick back, without any worries or restrictions…
Traditional Outdoor Porch Furniture
While you can get all kinds of porch furniture now, including plastic and metal, there are some types that are traditional for log and timber homes.
- Mission – this is a simplistic style, and it is often found in older porch furniture. Or you may see elements of the mission style in newer outdoor porch furniture.
- Amish porch furniture – Quality Amish outdoor porch furniture has always been used in rustic retreats and camps. And you can buy Amish rocking chairs and mission furniture, handcrafted in traditional ways, today.
- Twig porch furniture – Bent twig chairs and furniture were historically made all along the East Coast and in the Midwest. The Amish had their hand in these, as well. Although twig furniture looks uncomfortable, it is often amazingly comfortable—and much sturdier than it looks!
- Log porch furniture – Logs go with logs. They are a perfect match. Need I say more?
- Wicker porch furniture – Wicker is casual, although a bit more fancy than some rustic outdoor porch furniture. It should be protected from the weather, to stay nice from year to year.
You do have a number of options for your outdoor porch furniture, and so, when you make a buy your porch furniture, purchase furniture that you like—not what you think others will like.
After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time on the front porch of your rustic log home!
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