How Do I Choose the Best Hanging Porch Swing?

Dan Cavallari

A great way to make your porch space more convenient and comfortable is adding a hanging porch swing. Choosing the best unit for your porch starts with taking measurements of the porch to figure out what size of hanging porch swing will fit. Be sure to measure the width of the space and compare it to the width of the swing; measure, too, the length of the porch to ensure the swing will fit comfortably. Don't forget to allow for plenty of swinging space both in front of and behind where the swing will be hung.

Woman with hand on her hip
Woman with hand on her hip

Once you determine the size of hanging porch swing that you need, you will need to think about the materials used to construct the unit. Many models will be made from various types of wood, while others may be made from metal, wicker, or even vinyl. Each material has advantages and disadvantages, so you will need to do a bit of research into each material to figure out which one is right for you. One way to narrow your search is to figure out what type of budget you have for purchasing a hanging porch swing. This will eliminate many choices that may be out of your price range.

It will be very important to consider how you will hang the hanging porch swing. Most models will require that you drill into an overhead beam and install hooks that will support the swing, but if your porch does not have such beams or if you would rather avoid drilling into a beam, you will need to consider purchasing a hanging porch swing frame. This frame will act as an independent support for the swing and it can be placed anywhere on the porch, as long as it fits in the space. Using such a frame is also advantageous if you plan on storing the swing during the winter months to prevent damage or corrosion.

Various designs of swings exist, and some will be more comfortable than others. The best way to determine which one will be most comfortable is to sit in several models and figure out which materials and shapes work best for you. Think about how many people will use the swing at one time as well, as some swings are narrower than others and may not be exceptionally comfortable for two or more people.

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