Let me start by saying that I really love my swing. We have a narrow porch and I have searched for years to find a swing that will fit. The only problem we had is that the width dimensions mentioned do NOT include the arm rests, which posed a problem. You can add at least another 8 inches to the width of the swing to include the arm rests. Also, I read several reviews saying that the swing is comfortable enough w/out pillows. I can't really say that as it is a little hard on the spine b/c of the iron bars. Beyond that, it is made well and looks great on my porch. I anticipate many years of swinging w/pillows, however!