The growing trend toward garden inspired rooms has given birth to the mass manufacture and commercial distribution of various kinds and makes of outdoor porch swings. Magazines like Home & Garden have featured outdoor porch swings so many times already that most households that cater to the Martha Stewart principle have at least one each. Indeed, outdoor porch swings have become so popular that they are sometimes seen as statements of taste.
If you don’t have an outdoor porch swing yet, then you should read on. Here, we will talk about the basic things you need to consider before getting a swing of your own.
The most common materials used in the making of porch swings are wicker and wood. This is because they contribute to the earthy and nature-y feel that outdoor porch swings bring to every home. Porch swings may also be made of steel or synthetic materials. But they don’t have the same air of calm as when they are made of organic items.
When you’re buying an outdoor porch swing, you have consider, apart from the aethetic look and design, how sturdy it is. The more popular types of wood that are used for porch swings are oak, teak, pine, and maple. Each of these wood types vary in terms of durability and strength. The more durable the wood, you can expect that the outdoor swing is relatively expensive.
The sturdiest is probably oak, but it can also be very heavy. If you’re going for something that is easy to move around but is still durable, you might want to get an outdoor porch swing set that is made of cedar. Despite its weight, it is very resistant wear and decay. Pine is also a good choice, but it can dent easily.
When it comes to comfort, there is no better measure than to try the seat out yourself. Comfort is a subjective factor, though it is said that Pine is softer than oak. But don’t take this article’s word on it entirely. Again, buy something that jives with your preferences and comfort levels.
Now as regards assembly, most home magazines would tell you to get something that that is held together by screws or bolts, instead of nails. They say that nails loosen and come off with age, so you might want to also consider this when you make your purchase. Also, swings that are held by bolts may be easily disassembled and reassembled, as opposed to those held by nails.
Of course, price is an issue. Most porch swings sell for around $500, so they’re pretty affordable. Oak, however, sells for a larger price than pine or cedar. If you want a more customized set, you should be prepared to spend a little more than that.
In sum, buying your own outdoor porch swing depends on your preferences, really. But it is hoped that guide above will help you make a wise decision on your purchase. Happy swing hunting!