Porch swings are a classic form of outdoor furniture. There are many swings to choose from. From single-seats to sprawling, almost garden-sized daybeds, porch swings come in all shapes and sizes to fit any place. A porch is not required, you can just enjoy it under wooden pergola kits. Porch swings come in many sizes and shapes today, and even come with stands to put them up.
But not all porch swings can be considered equal. Not all are created equal. Some are flat and can be thrown from any roofing material. Others are sturdy and weigh well over 100 pounds. But are they worth it?
First of all, let’s think about the materials that are typically used to build porch swings. Wood is a traditional material, and it can be stained or painted. Wicker swings, usually seen in Asian or European styles, are typically made from rattan or other strong, natural materials. Cane swings can be made from rope or heavy canvas and are lightweight.
The main difference between the different types of materials is that wicker, cane, and other materials used to construct wicker swings are typically much more lightweight than the aluminum or steel frame designs that are typically seen. This allows the owner to move the swing around more easily, while still maintaining a reasonable weight to balance. Aluminum frames are more durable and last longer, but they will be heavier. For porch swings made of wood, the most common material is usually redwood or cedar.
Next, there is the comfort of the porch swings themselves. You should also consider how sturdy they are. On one end of the spectrum, you have to swing that are very firm and rigid, with no give at all. At the opposite end of the spectrum are porch swings that are so plush and soft, you almost can’t feel them. Some prefer a soft chair, while others prefer the most padding.
The features are last but not least. Some porch swings provide daybed support while others don’t. The advantage of daybeds is that they are a more traditional size and fit well with other types of outdoor furniture. Although the plywood bench is a nice addition to the traditional swing it limits the options for creating a more comfortable and relaxing seating area. It is up to you to decide what your needs and preferences are in relation to swing sets and day beds.