Adirondack Porch Swing
A Timeless Design for Maximum Comfort
An Adirondack porch swing, like an Adirondack chair, is timeless in design while offering a comfortable
place to relax. Although the design varies little, you still have lots of options from which to choose.
Designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 to sit on hillsides the original Adirondack chair was made from one
board cut into eleven pieces. Adirondack swing and chair features include a straight back
and a slanted flat seat with wide armrests.
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Today however, you are more apt to find Adirondack swings and chairs with rounded backs and contoured seats thanks
to Irving Wolpin. He received a patent for the modification in 1938.
But like most things - there's more to the story. See below.
Adirondack Porch Swing Options
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A classic Adirondack swing
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Rustic and chunky - perfect for a log cabin or timber frame home.
Almost maintenance free
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These porch swings are made from a variety of materials like distinctive, beautiful
Cypress wood. Cyprus is durable, weather resistant, and naturally rot resistant. Other
materials include aspen, cedar, teak, and recycled plastic.
Explore the pros and cons of each type of material, but no matter, an Adirondack
swing will be a big hit on your porch.
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Adirondack swings and chairs are also easy to decorate with porch swing cushions.To make your
Adirondack swing complete, don't forget to consider using Adirondack chairs and perhaps a table to complement your porch decor.
Adirondack Chairs - What You May Not Know
Here's something you probably don't know about the famous Adirondack chair...
After arriving at a final design for his "Westport plank chair," Thomas Lee, the original designer, gave the design to his friend, Harry Bunnell, an unemployed carpenter to help him through the winter months.
Bunnell realized that it would sell well to the residents of Westport, a town in the Adirondacks.
So...being the enterprising entrepreneur that he was, he patented the design without Thomas Lee's knowledge.
He called them "Westport Chairs" and made them out of hemlock for the next twenty years!
Extract Of U.S. Patent US794777 A Submitted by Harry Bunnell
"Be it known that I, HARRY C. BUNNELL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Westport,
in the county of Essex and the State of New York, have invented a new and useful Improvement
in Chairs, of which the following is a specification.
The object of this invention is a chair of the bungalow type adapted for use on porches,
lawns, at camps, and also adapted to be converted into an invalids chair.
A further object of the invention is to produce a strong durable chair adapted to withstand
rough usage and exposure to the weather."
- extracted from US Patent US794777 A
Bunnel's Drawings Submitted for U.S. Patent
From US Patent US794777 A
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