Spending time on a patio swing is the ultimate relaxing weekend activity. Whether you install a sleek metal swing in the backyard or hang a classic wooden option on your front porch, patio swings are the perfect place to unwind. Here’s how to choose the best outdoor swing for your space.
Patio Swing Types
Choose an outdoor patio swing that is freestanding, or one that hangs. Here are the options:
• Patio Swings with a Canopy. To relax in the shade, go with a canopy swing. Patio swings with canopies are freestanding, so that you can move them from the yard to the front porch to the pool deck. The canopy overhang shades you from the sun, protecting you from harsh UV rays, letting you enjoy more time outside.
• Hanging Porch Swings. Hanging swing chairs attach to a tree branch or covered porch or patio. This style comes in single, double and 3-seat swings. For extra functionality, look for a model that comes with a stand to convert it into a freestanding porch swing.
• Patio Gliders. This comfortable freestanding sofa mimics the soft movements of a rocking chair. Because they don’t require as much clearance space as a full swing, they work well on a screened porch or balcony.
• Specialty Swings. Add a conversation piece to your patio with the unique, one-seater patio egg swing chair. Or for the height of leisure, choose a patio swing bed. Use it for an afternoon nap or as a place to sprawl out completely under the stars.
Swings can be hung with either chain or rope and careful measurements should be taken to allow enough clearance to avoid striking walls, windows or other furniture when in motion.
Consider features that bring added comfort to your patio or porch swing. Some come with cupholders for your favorite drink or curved backs and extra-wide armrests for easy lounging.
Patio Swing Styles to Consider
For a rustic or traditional home, choose a log-style wooden patio swing made of pine, oak, cypress or teak. It looks right at home in a wooded yard. For a home with modern or contemporary outdoor decor, choose a metal outdoor swing made of aluminum or steel. They’re highly durable and weather-resistant. Or go with the charming option of wicker. It adds texture and detail and matches a variety of other patio furniture.
Swings come with outdoor cushions that can stand up to the elements and resist damage from water and sun. Choose one with neutral colors and add a pop of personality with throw pillows.