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Let Some Porch Swings Help You Enjoy Your Time Outdoors

Updated on April 16, 2009

Different Styles of Porch Swings

How Porch Swings are the ultimate in outdoor relaxation.

When you want to sit outside on your patio furniture and enjoy the peace and quiet, you also want to take in the affects of nature. Whether it's sunny or raining, it doesn't matter. As long as you're covered by the front awnings, you don't have to concern yourself about taking in too much sun or getting wet from the rain. Porch Swings will help you do just that.

These Outdoor Garden Swings have been around for a long time. They represent everything you need for a relaxing downtime. They first came out with the older homes that had large or wraparound porches. Most of them were seen in the South.

One of the main times they were used was after dinner time and people wanted to allow their food to digest while taking in a nice breeze. From Grandma and Grandpa, to mom and dad, and even young lovebirds, enjoyed a relaxing time swapping stories and interacting with other family members.

Today's is made of different types of wood. You can choose from cedar, teak, oak or other wood types. If you choose teak wood material, you are looking at forking out at least $500 up to $1,500. There is also a cedar look which costs less, approximately $250 to $500. These two wood types are designed to withstand inclement weather. There is also oak, which is one of the cheapest kinds of wood. This will run you about $175 to $450. If you want to keep the shine with oak, you should use high gloss enamel.

If you are looking to build your own porch swing, there are certain measurements you have to go by. For starters the seat is between 4 to 5 feet long and can be flat or curved. The depth of the seat can vary. Most people stick with 18 inches and move on. Of course, you may want more depth so an 18 inch deep seat may not suit you. Actually, you should sit down on some seats before you make a final decision.

There are different styles to choose from when you're picking out the back part. Normal shapes are squared or curved at the top. You can also elect to include cushions to make the seating more comfortable.

When it's time to install it, there should be a leeway of about 4 feet for an arc. This is needed so that the swing can move through with ease. You can use at least 20 inches from the flooring for the seat. If you need to make changes, you can do so. The sturdier the support, the better. Stainless or galvanized steel chains would be your best bet. If you decide to use rope, it should be the braided nylon kind. If you use this, you will need to keep an eye on it for wear and tear.

You will need screws, preferably stainless steel for hanging. You will also need to drill holes for eyebolts and joists. You will also need nuts to secure the joists in place. Make sure that everything is secure and lining up. After you finish, test it out by sitting down and swinging for a moment. If it doesn't feel right, then you may have to take it apart or get someone more advanced to assist you with it. When it's all done, you'll be able to kick back and relax in your newly installed swing on the comfort of your own porch.


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      Porch Swings 7 years ago

      I love wooden porch swings. They can really liven up a porch. Thank you so much for sharing.