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Old 08-25-2014, 09:38 PM
 
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Is it OK to use regular interior upholstered furniture in screen porch? What the risks/negatives? Outdoor furniture is too expensive.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Does it have exposure to the elements? If it is a true screen porch I would say no, because the moisture and humidity depending, you could wind with moldy furniture. At the very least it will smell damp and hold the dampness.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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In my area, it would never work because of the humidity. It would take less than a week for it to become moldy, soggy, and just plain nasty.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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You will, most definitely, get mildew on anything not intended to be used outside. You MIGHT get by for a few years if you slipcovered everything with outdoor fabric. This would repel moisture and mildew. By the time you spent the money on that though, you might as well by some inexpensive outdoor furniture.
You can have furniture with cushions in a covered area, but the foam innards are protected by the outdoor fabric and they don't support mildew.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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Is it OK to use regular interior upholstered furniture in screen porch? What the risks/negatives? Outdoor furniture is too expensive.
Another option is look on Craigslist. I always see outdoor furniture for sale on there.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Your answer- No. NoVa's weather is not conducive.

If you were in Tempe, AZ- maybe. But then, why in the Hell would you want a screened-in porch- it's too friggin' HOT!!!
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:40 AM
 
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In addition to everything already mentioned, it's all levels of tacky.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:52 AM
 
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If you live in an HOA, I'm sure it's prohibited because HOAs are all about dictating what's tacky.

Even if you don't live in an HOA, check your local zoning laws because many areas have banned upholstered furniture on porches.

Ann Arbor City Council passes ordinance banning couches on porches

Officials to start enforcing porch couch ban today - The Michigan Daily

Bloomington bans porch couches with new ordinance | Fox 59

Students aren't taking couch ban lying down - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawrence bans couches on front porches | The Kansas City Star

This town is stressing it's a fire hazard:

Couch Concerns: The Risk of Upholstered Furniture on Porches | NBC 10 Philadelphia
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:31 PM
 
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Mold, mildew, bleaching from sun if you don't want it bleached, rain coming in on it and those interior cushions don't dry like the outdoor stuff.

Now is a good time to check store sales, yard sales, moving sales and, as someone suggested, CL. See if your area has a freecycle (freecycle.com) and local papers. I remember getting some good bargains in the Reston newspaper.

Drive around after the yard sale to see what's now in the trash by the curb.

Drive around on the night before trash day and see what goodies they've got.

Oh and Goodwill. I got a great antique wood chair there lately. I had already planned on white paint on whatever I could find. But this one was already painted white. Even better. I got a beachy bag with rope straps to hand on it. All for about $6. I'm still looking for a beachy/nautical small pillow at a good low price. I put the setup by my door on the porch.

We had a yard sale where I had some beloved floral outdoor chair cushions that were so faded and so full of cat hair that it would take forever to clean them and even then they would be faded and, worse, flat and very unfluffy anymore. I just had to pass them on. So I thought they were just too awful to charge for and put them in the free pile. Someone said she did not mind a bit and took them all gratefully. So don't rule out one's person's trash.

Don't think new. Think Krylon. Or whatever the brand is that Dollar General is selling now. (That's spray paint).
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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many areas have banned upholstered furniture on porches.
Really picking on college students, aren't they? Poor kids.

We had a lovely olive green Naugahyde couch on our front porch in college.

As for the fire hazard nonsense, it's just that. Outdoor upholstery burns just as easily as indoor upholstery.
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