Porch swings add instant appeal to any home. But more importantly, they upgrade your life, especially during the summer months. Whether you use that swing to read a book in or spend time with a loved one, the effect of gently swinging to and fro can be at once joyful and soothing.
Porch swings, in addition to being a lot cozier and more fun than a standard stationary bench, are also an opportunity to express your design mojo and target your household’s specific needs, thanks to the vast range of sizes and looks available.
What to Consider
When shopping for a porch swing, there are several options and styles to consider, including the shaded canopy, a classic chain-hung swing for two, a drop hanger ideal for one and a gliding option.
Porch swings can be a perfect fit for singles or families, but you should consider who will be using it when making your purchase. Some swings only fit one person, while others would be too hard for the youngest or oldest members of the family to get into easily (and once there, swing comfortably and safely).
How We Selected
When selecting the porch swings for this guide, we carefully considered aesthetics and safety. We picked items made with a range of materials, colors and styles, with different accoutrements.
Our final picks have been highly rated by hundreds of happy porch swingers, and all come from reputable brands with solid warranty plans and customer service. All of the products here have an average customer rating of 4.0 stars or above, and many have ratings of 4.5 stars and up.
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Best Classic Swinger
Vineyard Porch Swing
This porch swing is a precise evocation of the universal porch swing ideal. It looks like a stationary bench, but is hung from chains; simple, streamlined, unfussy.
The swing is made from Polywood lumber, an environmentally friendly blend of plastics sourced from recycled milk jugs and detergent bottles. It looks like wood, but doesn’t have any of the cracking, peeling or rotting issues that wood can have; best of all, it is made in America and comes in a range of colors, from black to green to sand. This swing seats three, making it a great option for families. While the bench is contoured for comfort, there are no cushions included.
Patio Glider for Two
This is the porch swing for home-owners who don’t want to—or can’t, for logistical reasons—physically hang a bench from their porch. The outdoor glider bench is made from solid wood designed to withstand the elements.
The chair for two offers wide armrests, slatted high-back design and a slatted deep curved seat, with gliding construction that allows you to relax and smoothly rock back and forth. While the gliding bench could go anywhere, from the patio, to a deck to a nook in the backyard, its size—49.5 inches wide, 40.9 inches tall, 26.5 inches deep—makes moving it around impractical.
Stylish Canopy Swing
Two-Seater Canopy Porch Swing
This canopy swing provides big style, and like the glider above, doesn’t call for installation. The swing looks like it was beamed in from the beach circa 1962, with a large green awning over its steel frame, and a cheerful green-and-white striped chair. The polyester-oxford cloth is waterproofed and sun-resistant, and the powder-coated paint finish is rust-resistant. The angle of the canopy can be adjusted to adapt to the sun’s slanting rays.
The seat fits two and includes soft cushions, making it great for big families who spend a lot of time relaxing outside. This canopy would be at home on a porch, a patio, or stationed near a pool or barbecue.
Tear Drop Swing Chair
This solo swinger is charming and unique, and will add a sense of whimsy to any porch or backyard. Built from thick brown meshed wicker, the rounded hammock-chair resembles a cocoon, with thick and plush cushions for a deliciously cozy feel. The swinging chair descends from a built-in stand.
At just 55 pounds, it’s light enough to move around, though the unwieldy shape will call for more than mover. Because this chair just seats one, and it might be harder for younger customers to get into easily, it isn’t a good bet for young families.
Conyers Hanging Daybed Rope Porch Swing
This porch swing is for serious relaxation enthusiasts. By far the most expensive option on the list, it also the most luxurious and comfortable. Available in a range of sizes, from twin the king, this swinging day bed hung from ropes and made from cedar wood in the U.S.A. received rave reviews for its quality of construction and “amazing” design.
One issue—in addition to the cost—that may make it impractical for many, is its sheer size. At its grandest proportions, it weighs 155 pounds and takes up 83.5 inches in width and 79.5 inches in depth.
Topsham Hanging Wicker Porch Swing
If you gravitate toward wicker for porch furniture, this one is for you. This hanging wicker porch swing bench is dark brown, seats two, and has a wonderfully cushiony padded ivory seat. The seats are also curve for extra comfort, and the sitting angle of the back bench makes it an ideal resting place for hours of quiet swinging.
The PE Rattan construction makes it weather-resistant and safe to keep outside year-round in most climates. Also, because of its solid but light galvanized-steel construction, this swing is durable and can withstand the most exuberant young swingers in your crew.
Best Budget Buy
Cushioned Outdoor Porch Swing
This wooden outdoor porch swing comes with large navy-blue cushions that feel like firm pillows; an ideal set-up for swinging the day away. The material is UV protected and water-resistant, making it appropriate for all climates. While it will seat two comfortably, it’s slightly smaller than many two seaters—it’s 48 inches long and 28 inches wide—making it less-than-ideal for stretching out and napping on. This porch swing is perfect for families or singles more intent on comfort and practicality than chasing trends.
Best Small-Space Swing
Sally Patio Hanging Porch Swing
This swing fits one adult with plenty of room, and two kiddos for a cozy fit. This playful black wicker porch swing has a round circumference and bottom, with black hanging ropes, a plush black cushion for seating and a springy white cushion lining the back. A sleek gray-and-white striped pillow gives the swing a polished, post-mod vibe.
This smaller swing—36.2 inches wide, 32.3 inches deep—is great for singles, families with young children and swing enthusiasts with small porches.
Best Swing With Built-In Stand
Isiah Porch Swing with Stand
This sustainably produced swing is made from solid and manufactured wood, and comes with a built-in frame. Overall, the swing is 77 inches high, 75 inches wide and 55 inches deep. This type of swing is ideal for homes without classic front porches. Because of its size, it takes up serious real estate, so it would work best on a roomy deck or near a pool; reviewers touted its stylish and high-quality construction, and ease of assembly. The curved back makes it comfortable for swinging, but some swingers may miss a cushion.
Best Wooden Swinger
Solid Wood Hanging Porch Swing
This budget-friendly swinger is crafted of solid wood, and is suspended from rust-resistant galvanized steel chains. The simple slatted seat comfortably fits two people. The design is Adirondack-chic, with simple lines evoking forest and mountain scenes; it is built to last and will blend in with a variety of porch and deck styles. Reviewers raved about the “fantastic” customer service, “cute” design and “great” quality, but advises that you buy a few throw pillows for maximum comfort.
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