Enjoying the Outdoors on a Porch Swing

Porch swings are a great way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your porch or deck. If you are lucky enough to have a front porch or back porch at your house they offer a comfortable place for an afternoon read in a good book, or a great place to relax and enjoy a refreshing drink on a hot day. Porch SwingThey are always the perfect setting for conversation and laughter with friends and family reliving memories of years gone by and letting tomorrow’s memories begin. Porch swings bring back a grass roots charm and young and old alike enjoy spending time on them for a romantic evening with the one they love. Just think about how nice it would be to come home from a long day at the office and relax on a porch swing and let your stress fade away.

Although porch swings are meant for porches, they are often found hanging in backyards under pergolas or an A frame. These are stand alone varieties that can sit on your lawn if you wish with or without canopies that cover your head to protect you from the elements. The real question is which type of porch swing is best for you and your home.

There are many variations in porch swings.

Porch SwingOne difference among porch swings is size. The standard porch swing size is five feet in length. While they can be special ordered to come as small as two feet or as long as ten feet, you will typically find the four to five foot model in your local supply store.

Another variation among porch swings is back style. Some porch swing backs are straight from top to bottom. This is, perhaps, the most traditional style for a porch swing. You may find some backs offering decorative carvings along the top rail. One important variation in back styles is slat placement. Slats can be either vertical or horizontal, and spacing can vary from swing to swing. Some people find the variation in slats placement creates a more comfortable or less comfortable seat depending on their body style and comfort levels of the individual.

Porch SwingOne final difference among porch swings is what material it is made from. Most swings are made of various types of wood, there are some made from vinyl or steel. Of the wood swings those made from cedar are the most desirable because of its beauty, natural resistance to rot, and being insect proof. There are two types of cedar often used – Northern White Cedar and Western Red Cedar. Western Red Cedar swings are considered to be the best option, because of its beautiful rich red color and its uniform, fine-grained texture, which has a satiny luster. When new, cedar is red in color; it goes brown and eventually silvery gray, as it ages. It is also light-weight and has a very pleasant odor.

A cedar porch swing offers a traditional look with very little maintenance. When you first purchase a cedar swing, you might want to coat it with some type of sealer. Although this may enhance its look and extend its life it will also mean work every other year to maintain that look. Cedar naturally resists bacteria and fungus and repels wood rot even in wet climates so if you don’t mind it turning a silver gray color it will give you many years of comfort if left natural.

Even the simplest porch swing offers a taste of gracious living, perhaps because it’s a reminder of more genteel times. So find the child within each of you by enjoying a cedar wood porch swing. What better way to enjoy the friendship of your loved ones and the great outdoors. Few things beat the relaxation of sitting back in the shade enjoying a great evening in a porch swing. They are a great addition to any porch or yard.

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