Even though it’s still January, believe it or not, we’ll be putting them up on our front porches again soon. Years ago, while I was growing up, my best friend and her family had a picket swing in their backyard beneath the shrubs. During the spring and summer, at least once a week, after supper, the two of us would be on the market on the swing, having a great time. A lot of the houses on our street had front porches, and a couple of them had picket porch swings.
Some realtors believe that having an entrance swing adds value to a home and helps it sell faster. Having a picket swing brings back memories of being a child and swinging. It’s also a great spot to unwind after a meal or after you get home from a long day at work. Most new homes have front porches, but I’ve noticed that some builders are bringing them back. Even if we don’t have a front porch, we’ll dangle a swing from a strong and durable patio canopy or big tree limbs.
Porch swings are a terrific location to relax with your best buddy over a cup of coffee in the morning. They’re also a great spot for reading the daily newspaper or simply relaxing on a rainy day. Cushions added to a picket porch swing make it more comfortable, especially for stargazing and enjoying the cool summer winds.
There are a few things to think about while purchasing a picket swing. Do you have a location to hang a swing or are you thinking about purchasing a free-standing swing? If you’re going to cling on the swing, be sure it has all of the necessary hardware. Whether it’s freestanding or not, all you need is a location where you’ll get the most enjoyment out of it. You should also measure your front porch to ensure that you obtain the right size swing for the space. It’s probably better to figure out what kind of wood you’ll need for a swing ahead of time.
Picket swings can be made out of a variety of wood types. Wicker, cedar, pine, cypress, pine, teak, and often alder are the chosen woods. Wicker porch swings were popular in the 1920s and 1930s and continue to be popular today; wicker can also be painted to complement your home. Cedar porch swings are well-known for their ability to withstand any type of weather. The natural oils in cedar will prevent deterioration and keep the bugs at bay. Cedar’s color starts out reddish brown and fades to a silvery grey as it ages. Cypress porch swings are extremely durable and can last far longer than other types of wood.
Pine porch swings are made of a very sensitive wood that should be stained on a regular basis. The wood could be extremely fragile and light in weight. It will hold up in the face of degradation, climate change, and pest invasion. Alder porch swings have hardwood characteristics and are very easy to color. Teak porch swings have a rosewood-like scent, and the wood’s natural oils repel water. Teak will not decay and can be sealed if desired, but it does not wish to be.
Picket porch swings come in a variety of styles, including dangling swings, self-contained swings, and porch glider swings. A prime is already linked on a few of these swings, and a picket ground piece is included on a few gliders. These swings are ideal for a patio, deck, flower-filled backyard, or front yard. Installing a dangling picket porch swing is a simple task that can be completed in a matter of hours. If two people were putting in one, it might go even faster. Whichever swing you choose, you should be able to enjoy many hours of fun and relaxation.
Barbara has done some research on picket porch swings, and she and her husband are now looking at purchasing a free-standing swing for the backyard. Visit her website, Gardeners Backyard Provides, for more great facts for the garden and the home.