A porch swing brings a distinctive style to your home. Hang one on your front porch to refresh your home's welcoming curb appeal. Add one or more freestanding swings to your backyard, deck, or patio for rest and relaxation. Here are a few tips on selecting the right proportion and style swing.
What types and styles of porch swings can I find?
Traditional porch swings in wood or wicker add grace to any setting. Wood swings with slat backs and Victorian-style wicker swings add a touch of yesteryear. Look for Adirondack log swing or Craftsman style for rustic exterior rooms.
Canopy swings offer a touch of vintage backyard charm with a matching protective cover. Framed freestanding swings can nestle anywhere you want to turn a sunny spot into a shaded romantic rendezvous.
Porch swing beds are considered a cross between hammocks and porch swings. They're spacious, come in deeper widths, and sometimes backless, ideal for leisurely outdoor naps.
Swings come in all materials, including hard woods, recycled plastic, metal, wrought iron, and resin wicker. Today's materials are designed to handle harsh elements, though always check the instructions to see if your swing should be placed under a roof.
The length of a porch seat depends on the number of people that can fit. A standard two-person outdoor patio swing will measure between 4 and a little over 5 feet long depending on the style. You'll find the following lengths:
Four seater: 72 in. wide or outdoor swing beds, which are like suspended mattresses
Always check weight limits on hanging and freestanding swings, as well. Weight limits vary by style, but consider going for larger weight limits when possible if you won't be the only person using the swing.
How high off the floor should a porch swing seat hang?
The bottom of the swing seat should be about 17 to 19 inches off the porch's ground for ideal comfort.
How much space do I need for a porch swing?
For clearance, make sure there's between 2 and 1/2 feet and 4 feet of space behind the swing seat. Leave about 1 to 2 feet on either side of the swing so you can put a small table at each end.
Porch swings also come with durable outdoor seat and back cushions that coordinate with your outdoor furniture sets. These elements make the process of selecting your patio or porch swing even more fun because they give you a chance to really personalize the design.