by Lindsay Wilcox
It's easy to relax outside with your family when you buy hammocks and swings for your porch. Even the simplest porch swings can add a peaceful atmosphere to your porch and become a quiet place to sit when you want to read or just watch the sun set. Whether you want wooden porch swings that are durable enough to hold all of your kids or a pretty iron swing for you and your sweetheart, the following suggestions will help you find the right swings for your space and your lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the best porch swings for your home.
Choose wooden porch swings for comfort and classic looks. If you prefer traditional decor that never goes out of style, wooden porch swings will probably fit your home best. These popular outdoor swings are made of a variety of woods, including cedar, ash, teak and cypress, so you can pick a color that works well with your yard and your porch. Many wooden swings are also treated with a waterproof sealant, which gives them a glossy appearance and protects them from water damage. Make sure your porch is sturdy enough to hold a hanging porch swing before buying one, however. Depending on the type of wood used, your swing can be very heavy. If you decide a hanging porch swing puts too much stress on your porch, you can also find front porch swings that are mounted to stable bases and glide instead of rocking back and forth. These front porch swings are also a good option if your home has small windows and a hanging swinging would block the view.
Buy iron porch swings for a vintage vibe. To complement a home decorated with eclectic furniture and antique pieces, why not hang an iron swing on your porch? With their sleek lines and elegant scrollwork, iron outdoor swings are both old-fashioned and whimsical. Sitting on cold metal for long periods of time can be uncomfortable, however, so add a few colorful cushions or throw pillows to make these swings more relaxing.
Find wicker porch swings for both traditional and contemporary decor. While white wicker porch swings have a decidedly classic feel, dark brown or black wicker will give your porch a modern look. Achieve a fresh nautical look by pairing white wicker with navy blue or red cushions, but steer clear of floral patterns when you want your wicker porch swings to look contemporary. Beige, tangerine and lime will all complement dark wicker well.