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Choosing The Best Porch Swing

Apr 7, 2008
In your search for furniture for your porch, don't forget to look at the various varieties of porch swings. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, a swing for the porch is a wise investment because you have a comfortable seat. There are some different styles to consider and all are reasonably priced. If you feel inclined, you can also build your own.

Depending on what you are looking for in a swing, the most inexpensive kind of swing is the mission style flat bottomed one made of oak. The back is made of slats with spaces in between and for added comfort you can make or buy cushions for the seat. This swing typically costs about $100, but you do have to try it out because the seat is usually short and not meant for lying back. The swing comes in pieces, but is easy to assemble with the instructions included.

The cedar swing is the next swing that costs a little more - about $200. Cedar is an exceptional choice for an outdoor swing because the wood doesn't ort easily and resists insect infestation. These swings usually have contoured seats, but to make it more comfortable, you can add padded cushions. If you buy a swing made from ordinary cedar, then you will have to add a coat of sealant to keep it looking good. You don't need to paint the wood to have it last a long time.

Not all swings are made of wood, as you will see when you take a look at the wrought iron swings available. These add a timeless look to any porch and for the price of less than $200, they are well worth it. They are heavier and have a powdered coat to prevent them from rusting so you can leave it out in the rain.

Although they are more expensive, averaging about $400 each, wicker swings look right at home on a porch. The tight wicker weave performs a cozy place for sitting and enjoying the afternoon sun. The frame is made of metal and the wicker is completely weather resistant. You also won't have to do any assembly because these swings are fully assembled when you buy them.

Visit an online retailer to get a look at the swings you can have for your porch and place your order so that it comes right to your door.

Now that you have your porch completed, you will want to look at the varieties of porch swings to choose one that will compliment your porch and provide a comfortable seat for you to enjoy the view. You can build your own from plans or kits that you can purchase or you can buy a swing that is already made. You can have a freestanding swing or one that is attached to posts in an A-frame support. If you have the time, you can easily build a swing for far less than the cost of one already made.

When choosing the perfect swing for your porch, you want to choose one that will seat two or three people comfortably. The back of the swing should be adjustable so that you can sit upright or lay back when you are feeling kind of lazy. The only tools you will need for this project are a hammer, a saw and a measuring tape. When you purchase the lumber, make sure it is pressure treated so that it will withstand the elements of the weather. The wood of choice is pine for the frame and armrests and hardwood for the seat and back.

Galvanized chain is essential for attaching the seat itself to the frame so that it will swing. You will also need to buy galvanized steel bolts, nails and wood screws. When you buy one of the plans for building a swing for your porch, the instructions will give you the measurements that you need to cut each piece. If you buy a kit, then all the material is already cut to the correct measurements.

You make the frame for the ends of the swing first and then the frame for the seat. Then you make the frame for the back and fit the slats for the seat in place. This is an easy process if you attach a board across the slats so they have something to rest on while you put the slats in place. If you are really talented, you can create curves along the back, but it looks great just straight across. The armrests go in place next and lastly you thread the chain through the armrests and attach it to the frame for the swing. Just make sure you make the holes larger than the chain so that they will move freely.
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