When choosing furniture for a screened porch, it is essential to select comfortable pieces that are able to withstand moisture and sunlight. While the roof and screens provide some protection, blowing rainstorms and exposure to the sun damage the wrong furniture over time.
Lowe's suggests choosing appropriately sized furnishings for the area. A large set of furniture overpowers a small screened porch. Similarly, a small bistro set looks out of place in a large area.
Consumer Reports encourages consumers to consider comfort for all outdoor furnishings. Poorly designed furniture is often too high or too low for the users to relax. Table and chair set designs should allow the chairs to move under the table without the arms hitting the table. Cushions should provide ample padding, and the seats should have adequate room from front to back and side to side.
While aluminum and plastic furnishings are lightweight and easily moved, they cannot provide the comfort of wood, which is heavier. Steel and wrought iron require painting or treating on a regular basis to protect from rust. Removable cushions are easier to move to storage when the porch is not in use, protecting them from cold temperatures, moisture and damage from the sun.