The porch swing was a common site in Victorian era homes, known for their large porches. Due to the increasing popularity of porches in recent years, the porch swing is coming back. What better way is there to relax after a long day than gently swaying in a porch swing and chatting with neighbors as they pass by?
The average porch swing is made from wicker or wood, though metal swings can also be found. Because they age well, teak and cedar are the best woods for a porch swing. However, a porch swing made from other woods will last longer it is painted or if it sits in a section of the porch protected from the elements.
Don’t go by looks alone when shopping for porch furniture. Since most people are unlikely to use a porch swing if it is uncomfortable, make sure the porch swing is comfortable enough by sitting on it before purchasing it.
A porch swing is usually built to seat from one to three people comfortably, depending on its length. Seat depths are normally 1.5 to 3 feet deep. The back of a porch swing can vary widely from swing to swing, so look for one that works with the style of your home and is comfortable. For added comfort, cushions can be purchased to use with the porch swing. The porch swing cushions can also be used to add color and interest to the porch.
The slats of the porch swing seat should be spaced far enough that air can flow. A porch swing with curved or slanted seat slats is generally more comfortable. Supports underneath the seat slats will make the porch swing sturdier, especially important for longer swings designed to hold more people.
Some like to hang the porch swing from the porch roof, while others prefer to use a frame. If hanging the porch swing, be sure to attach it to the roof joists. If the joists are not exposed, locate them with a stud finder. Insert eyebolts or S-hooks into the joists, then use galvanized or stainless steel chain to suspend the porch swing.