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How to Choose the Perfect Porch Swing or Swing Bed

With so many porch swing varieties and available options, there are several things to consider when choosing the perfect porch swing.  In addition to the location where you choose to hang your porch swing or swing bed, other primary qualities to consider include style, material, and desired size.

Keep reading to find tips on choosing the right design, material, and size of porch swing that is right for you.

Choosing the Right Location

Where will you use your porch swing?  Will you hang your swing on the front porch or do you plan to use your swing in the backyard?  Can your porch or patio support a swing’s weight?  Do you prefer a relaxing swing bed style? 

Figuring out where and how you will use your porch swing is the first step in deciding which style of swing is right for you.

For detailed information on what size swing to buy, visit our Swing Fit Guide

Selecting the Ideal Design

Whether you want to add seating to your porch or create a quiet, tranquil spot for relaxing in the backyard, there are several options of swing designs to suit your needs.

  • Adirondack Porch Swings
  • Canopy Swings
  • Classic Porch Swings
  • Log Porch Swing
  • Porch Swing Beds
  • Porch Swings with Stands

Choosing the Right Material

You will want your swing to last, and most styles are designed with a material suited to outdoor use.  There are several choices available depending on the placement of your swing as well as the climate where you live. 

Common porch swing materials include:

  • Wooden Porch Swings (cedar, oak, pine and acacia)
  • Recycled Plastic Porch Swings
  • Metal Porch Swings
  • Wicker Porch Swings

Selecting the Right Size

From single-person porch swing chairs, to traditional 2-person swings, to porch swing beds, there are a wide variety of swing sizes and styles to fit your needs.  With so many options available, you’ll want to measure your space to determine what porch swing dimensions will work best and be sure to reference the product specifications for your specific porch swing to determine the recommended weight capacity. 

For more information on the number of seats each porch swing length can accommodate, reference the size chart below.

Porch Swing Length
Number of Seats
2-Foot Porch Swing
Accommodates a single person comfortably
3-Foot Porch Swing
Accommodates 1-2 people comfortably
4-Foot Porch Swing
Accommodates 2 people comfortably
5-Foot Porch Swing
Accommodates 2-3 people comfortably
6-Foot Porch Swing
Accommodates 3-4 people comfortably

 Weight limits will vary by style.  Please refer to individual product specifications.


Next Steps

  • Shop porch swing cushions in a wide selection of colors and patters
  • Learn how to hang a porch swing
  • If a porch swing isn’t quite what you are looking for, check out porch swing alternatives like an outdoor glider or hanging chair