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Wood Porch Swings
Comforting, Calming and Classy
Wood porch swings give you instant comfort while adding both charm and warmth to any home.
Whether selecting a classic style or wanting a little more sophistication, you'll find a wide variety of styles, colors, and materials from which to choose.
Mary and I love wooden swings - they remind us of our childhood and being a woodworker, just the look and feel of a natural material.
They are inviting and who doesn't love the sense of comfort you get from gently swaying with a summer breeze.
If Only This 'Ole Porch Swing Could Talk
Wooden swings are usually made from mahogany, cypress, ash, teak, acacia, treated, oak or cedar.
All are durable outdoor woods that will last a long time and will give you hours of comfort and relaxation.
photo courtesy of Jeff and Leyla
Natural cedar swing - on Amazon (affiliate)
You can also find them in pine or poplar which are excellent woods to use if you want to paint your swing.
However, they will require more regular maintenance and are not as durable as other woods.
We also include a woods comparison chart and instructions for how to care for them properly below.
Find Your Perfect Wood Porch Swing
See what we found for you! Mary and I have selected a variety of wood swings for maximum appeal to many - take a look and see if any of these are to your liking!
Durable and lustrous, acacia wood is weather resistant and obtained from eco-protected forests.
It has a slat curved back and seat for maximum comfort; black exterior will blend well with any decor.
Acacia wood black painted swing - on Amazon.com (affiliate)
The 4 foot crafted swing (below) is weather resistant with curved X-back detailing and a slat-style seat.
Comfortable for two, this design will fit well on large and small porches alike.
Dark brown eucalyptus wood porch swing- on Amazon.com (affiliate)
Made from acacia wood from protected forests, this 4 foot (5 foot available too) white porch swing has a brilliant, lasting
finish that is perfect with any decor.
White 4 Foot comfy porch swing - on Amazon (affiliate)
Select from a wide variety of colors, this fan back porch swing made with Amish craftsmanship of painted yellow pine for durability.
Comes with hanging chain too! Also available unfinished so you can match your house's paint trim color if so desired.
Fan back Designed Porch Swing
Made from western red cedar, this swing will hold up against the elements and look fantastic doing it!
Will seat two in contoured comfort.
Insect and weather resistant, this swing will last for years to come with little maintenance. It's a beauty of a swing!
with Choice of Colors- available at Amazon.com (affiliate)
5 Foot Cedar Porch Roll Back Swing- available at Amazon.com (affiliate)
Made from white cedar with contoured seat, this country swing will give you hours of fantastic porch swing time.
Hang from your existing porch beams, a favorite tree, or from an A-frame.
True country porch swing - on Amazon.com (affiliate)
This six foot cypress swing (other sizes available) offers a contoured seat and plenty of seating.
Hanging chains are included; swing has a 500 pound capacity. Comes unfinished to weather to a lustrous barn wood grey or stain if you desire.
Mission hourglass back cypress swing - on Amazon.com (affiliate)
This elegant swing is built for larger adults to sit comfortably on a 20 inch deep seat.
It has a lifetime warranty and is constructed of hand-crafted cypress. It measures 44 inches wide, 20 inches deep, and comes with a 20 inch high back.
400 pound capacity wood tree porch swing chair for larger adults - on Amazon.com (affiliate)
This is just a small sampling of porch swings we found on Amazon
We encourage you to check out the myriad of swings for your choosing!
Tips for Protecting Your Wood Porch Swing
Wood porch swings are susceptible to damage from the sun and rain so take good care of yours.
Exposure to rains can cause wood to rot or warp over time and that's no fun whatsoever.
Consider these tips for protecting your family heirloom swing:
- Store your porch swing indoors or cover your swing during the winter months in snow country.
Snow and ice can easily damage unprotected wood.
If you don't have room to store it inside, then protect your swing outdoors perhaps with a cover.
- Keep alcoholic beverages, plants, and hot items from touching your wood furniture.
These can permanently stain wood furniture.
- Clean your swing at least once a year.
Use a mixture of dishwashing liquid (approximately 5-7 tablespoons), bleach (approximately 1 to 2 tablespoons, and a gallon of water.
- Use a soft bristle brush and scrub the wood. Allow it to dry completely before repainting or staining.
Always test the wood in an inconspicuous place first to be sure the bleach does not damage it.
- Eventually you'll probably want to restain or repaint your swing to keep it in like-new condition.
Always use the best materials your budget allows and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Know the Woods Used in Wood Porch Swings
- Mahogany is a durable, tropical hardwood with fine grain and is resistant to rot and mildew.
- Cypress has natural preservative oil known as cypressene, which gives the wood natural resistance to insects and decay.
- Ash is a tough wood that is used to make furniture with high strength and resilience.
- Cedar, if unfinished and left outdoors, will weather to a silvery gray patina. Disease and insect resistant.
- Acacia, native to Australia, is a prominent furniture-making wood; lustrous finish and very durable.
- Teak is a tropical hardwood that is very durable and water resistant making it an excellent outdoor furniture wood.
- Oak is a high density wood and resistant to both insect and fungal attack.
Has very nice grain patterns. Has several varieties.
- Cedar, very disease and insect resistant, cedar is also resistant to warping and twisting.
- Eucalyptus is a dense hardwood and known for its durability and strength along with its resistance to decay.
- Balau Shorea is an extremely durable hardwood that is used primarily for heavy construction. It can be painted or stained.
- Pine is a soft wood and not necessarily recommended for prolonged outdoor use.
Plans for Wood Porch Swings
Nothing quite like building your own porch swing - make it into an heirloom that your family will enjoy for generations!
To Make Your Own
Here are two neat plans we thought you'd enjoy:
You can find these and other swing woodworking plans at Amazon (affiliate)
Hang Your Swing Safely
See how easy it is to hang a porch swing properly to ensure your family's safety and to enjoy your swing for
years to come.
Get access to the right porch swing hardware too.
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