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Ideas To Turn an Enclosed Porch Into a Perfect Living Space

Ideas To Turn an Enclosed Porch Into a Perfect Living Space

Many people are lucky enough to purchase a home with an existing enclosed porch, but they don’t know what to do with them. Often, these rooms become a catch-all or storage space, but there is a better use; enclosed patios, sometimes called sun porches, can easily become your favorite spot in the house. Explore a few fun ideas to turn an enclosed porch into a perfect living space.

Install Windows To Protect You From the Elements

You’ll be more likely to use the space frequently if you make it suitable for all climates. Although it’s incredible to occupy a sunroom during the summer months, airtight windows allow you to enjoy the area during the fall and winter months as well. You may not think installing windows is worth it, but it will take your space to the next level. Consider windows that can be opened; this way, you can enjoy fresh air on nice days and close them if you get too hot or cold.

Consider Heating and Cooling

While it can be expensive to have central heating and air in your enclosed porch area, it’s definitely worth considering. These elements can make the room feel like a direct extension of your home, which ensures you’ll use it often. However, there’s nothing wrong with wanting the porch to feel more like you’re sitting outdoors.

With that in mind, you can install a ceiling fan to move the air, and a fireplace or heater to warm up the space. Consider whether an outdoor heater or fireplace is better for your sun porch before deciding on heating and cooling.

Get Comfortable Furniture

Comfortable furniture can help make the porch feel more homey, and your guests will think it’s the perfect place to relax and spend time catching up. Whether you want a couch or multiple chairs, you need something more than basic lawn chairs. Don’t be afraid to add different textures, fabrics, and colors to make the space feel like an extension of your home.

Pro Tip

Consider installing a hanging seat to create the feeling of relaxing on a porch swing!

Build a Breakfast Nook

You might not have enough room for a complete dining table and chairs, but you can build a breakfast nook to ensure your family has a place to eat while enjoying nature. Build a bench in the corner of the room, place a rectangular table in front of it, and add chairs to the other side. Just like that, you have a space-saving dining area perfect for the porch.

Design Tip

Buy or make bench and chair cushions for your breakfast nook that match the rest of your porch furniture to tie the room together.

With these ideas to turn your enclosed porch into a perfect living space, you can make good use of your patio. It may be challenging to envision, but you could end up spending more time in the sunroom than in your indoor living room. If you make a few minor updates, you can enjoy the space regardless of the time of day or the weather.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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