One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy a summer evening is by hanging out on a porch swing. Today's versions of this classic piece of outdoor furniture include long-lasting metal and resin wicker, single pods and swinging beds big enough for two people or more.
One of the biggest collections is available at Porchswings.com, which offers classic wood models and designs made of all-weather metal and durable resin wicker in a variety of colors. If your home is without a porch, no problem: The company also carries frames that allow you to set up a swing in the garden or beneath your favorite shade tree.
If you'd like some company as you relax, Vintage Porch Swings (Vintageporchswings.com), a Charleston, S.C., business, offers bed swings with room to spare, complete with headboards and footboards that fit crib, twin or full-size mattresses.
A cozier option is a swing chair with just enough room for one. Hang from a frame near the pool or beneath the roof of a porch and jazz it up with colorful pillow or two.
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When contemplating where to hang your swing, Porchswings.com suggests keeping in mind the weight capacity of your piece. Also, make sure you hang it from a sturdy joist or support beam in the ceiling.
And don't forget to leave adequate swing room: a minimum of 2 1/2 feet between the back of the swing and the wall.