Best Outdoor Bench Swings Reviewed
Posted in Reviews on September 8, 2016
There’s resurgence in the good old fashioned outdoor bench swing, an updated version of the traditional porch swing, which means there’s loads to choose from if you’ve decided on getting one.
There’s something about this piece of furniture that takes us back to a time where family and friendship were a priority and down-time meant relaxing with them.
Nowadays people can be found lounging on their outdoor bed swing on front lawns, hanging from a branch, or even in their backyard.
If you’re looking to buy an outdoor bench swing, you’re in luck. As with anything that’s gained popularity, there is a wide range to choose from, from the outdoor bench swing as we know it to the metal porch glider, a chair that doesn’t so much swing but rather, as the name suggests, glides.
Types of Outdoor Bench Swings
An outdoor bench swing is usually made for two people or more and comes in different shapes and sizes; they can be handcrafted or manufactured on a large scale for the masses.
What you do need to take into account is the size of the area you’re planning to place it, whether there is enough room and what kind of weather conditions your bench is going to have to withstand.
For the purpose of this article we’re looking at the outdoor bench swing and the metal porch glider.
Hanging or Freestanding Outdoor Bench Swings
As you know bench swings are usually hung with chains or a rope, from the support beams in the ceiling or from a strong branch of a tree.
However if you’re in a home or apartment that doesn’t have either then you can look at buying one with a frame, which supports it.
The A-frame is sturdy and can be placed on the lawn or any other open area you might have. Because freestanding swings don’t have the shade from a patio or tree you can choose ones with a canopy, or without.
A glider or platform rocker is a type of rocking chair that moves as a swing seat, where the entire frame consists of a seat attached to the base by means of a double-rocker four-bar linkage.
The non-parallel suspension arms of the linkage cause the chair to simulate a rocking-chair motion as it swings back and forth.
Gliders are used as alternatives to porch swings, and are also popular as nursery furnishing for assisting parents in feeding newborn babies.
A glider porch swing is ideal if you don’t have a place to hang it because it’s pretty much a bench that moves backwards and forwards on a track. They’re available in wood or you can decide on a metal porch glider.
Outdoor Bench Swing materials
Whatever the style, porch swings are available in various materials, including wood, metal, fabric and wicker.
It makes sense to choose both a style and material that suits the rest of your home, because even though it’s going to be outdoors, you want your porch swing bed to reflect who you are and create a nice flow.
When choosing a wood swing you have the option of different types. Cedar is popular because it’s weather resistant and can withstand most elements, but it can be quite expensive.
Other wood options are pine, teak and alder. If you’re going for pine you can stain it with a wood finish or even a paint color.
The stain or paint has a dual purpose, making the swing bench look good and help preserve the wood.
There are also recycled plastic, resin, or vinyl porch swings that are made to look like wood. These plastics are long-lasting, require very little maintenance and can be kept clean with soap and water.
Wrought iron, steel and aluminium are popular metals used for porch swings, with aluminium being the lightest and iron the most robust.
Often a combination of wood and steel are used when making porch swings and porch sing beds.
Usually made with a metal or wood frame, fabric porch swings can have polyester covered cushions that form a seat but there are those without, and instead the seat is part of the fabric. They have a frame and usually have canopies to keep you shaded.
Wicker porch swings are made out of cane, rattan, or plastic resin. The plant-bases outdoor wicker needs to be treated to protect it from the elements, and should be brought inside after use, or at least covered.
Resin based wicker is weather resistant and should last longer outdoors. Wicker porch swings are used with a seat cushion, which are available in different colors and fabrics.
Crosley Veranda Loveseat Metal Glider
If space is something you don’t have it doesn’t mean you have to go without. The Crosley Veranda Loveseat Metal Glider is perfect for retro-loving balconies or vintage-inspired porches with its authentic recreation of the classic patio glider.
Crafted from all-weather steel with a smooth-moving system of hinged pivots, this traditional metal glider gives you best of modern construction in a retro form. Perfect for outdoor use, as well as inside, as an accent piece or for additional seating.
Amazon gives it a 4.1 out of 5 stars rating, with some people saying it tips over easily and the packaging arrived damaged. However others have commented on its stability, durability and easy assembly.