6 Expert Tips To Choose A Porch Swing

A porch swing combines functionality with a bit of childhood innocence while also sprucing up your home's curb appeal. Porch swings vary in design, size, and materials. Keep on reading to discover six expert tips for choosing the ideal porch swing for your home.

What are the different types of porch swings?

Looking for something simple and natural? => Classic Porch Swings

Classic porch swings incorporate natural finishes and simple colors. Most classic porch swings have a slat back; however, some have an x-style backing, which serves to offer a bit of unanticipated personality to the overall look of this porch swing style. Often constructed with wood, classic porch swings can also be found made with other materials, including metal and wicker.

Black Plastic Classic Porch Swing
Light Brown Solid Wood Classic Porch Swing
Bright White Plastic Classic Porch Swing
Honey Solid Wood Classic Porch Swing
Natural Wood Classic Porch Swing
Natural Cypress Solid Wood Classic Porch Swing

Do you love American classic design? => Adirondack Swings

This porch swing design includes a sloping seat, flat arm rests, and a set of slatted backrests. This is the classic American design that fits well with a multitude of design styles, from farmhouse to modern and contemporary.

Black Plastic Adirondack Porch Swing
Lemon Yellow Plastic Adirondack Porch Swing
Natural Adirondack Hanging Porch Swing
White Plastic Adirondack Porch Swing
Patriot Blue Adirondack Porch Swing
White Wood Adirondack Porch Swing

Need protection from the sun? => Canopy Swings

Canopy swings are perfect for when your porch doesn't have the support required to hang the swing from and when you will be placing it in an area that receives direct sunlight. Canopy swings are equipped with a canopy attached to the swing, protecting you from the elements while you enjoy your time outdoors. These models are portable, so you can move them around your property from time to time or easily pick it up and take it with you when it's time to move.

Metal Porch Swing With Canopy
Dark Brown Porch Swing With Canopy
Red Metal Porch Swing With Canopy
Brown Wood Porch Swing With Canopy
Taupe Metal Porch Swing With Canopy
Black Metal Porch Swing With Canopy

Don't have support to hang a swing? => Porch Swings with Stands

This porch swing design is ultra-easy to assemble. It comes equipped with all the required fasteners and hanging hooks and as the name implies, this swing can stand alone. If you're concerned about your porch supporting the weight of a porch swing, this is a fantastic alternative.

Solid Manufactured Wood Porch Swing With Stand
Green Metal Porch Swing With Stand
Black Metal Porch Swing With Stand
Metal Porch Swing With Stand
Metal Polyester Porch Swing With Stand
Navy Blue Porch Swing With Stand

Do you love a cabin feel? => Log Porch Swings

Most log porch swings are constructed from wood and have a slatted back - the overall appearance is great for when you want to bring a rustic, cabin feel to your porch. Add a few cushions for added comfort and you're all set!

Pine Solid Wood Log Porch Swings
Natural Wood Log Porch Swing
Solid Pine Log Porch Swing
Solid Wood Rustic Porch Swing
Pine Solid Wood Rustic Porch Swing
Rustic Hickory Solid Wood Porch Swing

Looking for luxe comfort? => Porch Swing Beds

This porch swing is extra large and deep, meant for lounging while reading your favorite book or for taking an afternoon nap cuddled up with a soft blanket. This is the ultimate go-to when you want to escape into a leisurely afternoon, cradled in comfort. This porch swing requires an extra sturdy support beam from which to hang the porch swing bed. Once settled, you'll want to sink into it, forget all worries, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

Pine Barnwood Porch Swing Bed
Weathered Wood Porch Swing Bed
Gray Maple Solid Wood Porch Swing Bed
Eucalyptus Wood Porch Swing Bed
Gazebo Swing Bed With Canopy
Gray Eucalyptus Wood Porch Swing Bed

Can my porch support a swing?

Your porch should be equipped with a joist to safely support the weight of your porch swing. For example, a typical porch swing model meant to support two adults requires support from a single 2 x 8 joist or two 2 x 6 joists.

What are the best materials for porch swings?

Wood

This is the most common material seen on porch swings and it's no wonder they're so popular. They convey timelessness and warm familiarity. Some wood types do better in specific climates; for example, softer woods are better suited for mild climates while woods with high density are quite durable, great for areas with changing climates. The wood can be stained or painted, giving you freedom to customize the perfect look for your porch. 

The best and most common types include:

  • Cedar - This dense wood is perfect for unpredictable weather. It won't crack or splinter in extreme temperatures.
  • Oak - Great for mild climates; affordable; not as durable as higher density woods.
  • Pine - This is a widely available material and can be painted to add color to your porch. However, it is not as durable as other wood options.
  • Acacia - This is an ultra-durable hardwood that makes it perfect for outdoor furniture.
Oak Solid Wood Porch Swing
Dried Oak Solid Wood Porch Swing
Natural Teak Solid Wood Porch Swing
Acacia Solid Wood Porch Swing
Cedar Solid Wood Porch Swing
Solid Western Cedar Wood Porch Swing

Recycled plastic

This material is super durable -- great for locations where winters are harsh and summers bring high heat. Resembling real wood wicker, this polymer material has a similar texture -- except it has a considerably longer lifespan and can withstand many years of changing weather. Plus, it's eco-friendly, made from recycled plastic.

Black Recycled Plastic Porch Swing
Lemon Yellow Recycled Plastic Porch Swing
White Plastic Hanging Porch Swing
Slate Grey Plastic Porch Swing
Charcoal Black Plastic Porch Swing
White Recycled Plastic Porch Swing

Metal

Metal porch swings, made with aluminum or iron, can withstand the elements; however, they do tend to rust in especially humid environments. Lightweight aluminum is great for when you need to make some space on your porch. Add some cushions or a canopy to dress up this porch swing material.

Metal Nylon Porch Swing With Stand
Brown Metal Polyester Porch Swing
Black Metal Steel Porch Swing
Metal Canopy Porch Swing With Stand
Beige Metal Porch Swing With Stand
Metal Traditional Porch Swing With Stand

Wicker

Wicker is easy to care for and looks fantastic as an accompaniment for traditional and contemporary environments. It is a lightweight material and can be upgraded to resin wicker, which offers extra protection. Resin won't chip or break and protects against fading from sunlight exposure.

White Wicker Rattan Porch Swing
Espresso Wicker Rattan Porch Swing
Mix Brown Wicker Rattan Porch Swing
White Resin Wicker Porch Swing
Resin Wicker Porch Swing With Cushion
Cappuccino Brown Wicker Porch Swing

What is the most comfortable porch swing?

Porch swing beds are a favorite of many because of their expansiveness, allowing you to settle into comfort with your loved ones. However, if you don't want to recline on your porch swing, you may prefer a slatted back for back support while you enjoy the weather with a cup of coffee in hand.

What sizes do porch swings come in?

Porch swings can accommodate one to six people and the weight limits are dependent upon each model. Generally, a two-foot porch swing is ideal for a single person. A three to four-foot porch swing is great for two people. Five to six feet long porch swings can hold three to four people comfortably. For weight limits, you'll need to check the product specs. You can expect weight limits to be between 250 lbs. to 800 lbs.; though there are models that can support more weight.

What porch swing styles will match my décor?

  • Classic porch swings fit traditional and contemporary styles well
  • Adirondack porch swings are great for rustic environments
  • Log porch swings complement the farmhouse aesthetic
  • Industrial atmospheres are well complemented by metal porch swings
  • Porch swing beds add a lavish feel to any design style; use pillows and blankets to customize your perfect look