You can get porch swings made from different types of wood. The most popular are cedar, pine, cypress and alder.
Cedar is the most desirable wood for porch swings because it is very beautiful, naturally resistant to rot, and insect proof. When new, cedar is red in color; it goes brown and eventually silvery gray, as it ages. It is also light-weight. There are two types of cedar used - Northern White Cedar and Western Red Cedar. Western Red Cedar swings are considered to be the best option, because of its beautiful rich red color and its uniform, fine-grained texture, which has a satiny luster. It also has a very pleasant odor.
A cypress patio swing is another option. Cypress is very durable, and it is also naturally resistant to decay and insects because of its oils. Its original color is like pale honey, and as it ages it goes gray.
Pine patio swings are also popular. Pine is the least expensive of all quality woods, and it is light-weight and rot resistant. It looks very attractive, with natural knots present in the wood. On the downside, pine is not the most durable of all woods, and it also requires regular staining to prolong the life of your swing.
Alder is a strong, durable and relatively inexpensive wood. Alder is very practical, but the wood itself doesn't have any attractive pattern, so it is usually painted.
Different styles of porch swing
Most patio swings have similar seats made of horizontal slats, but what makes the difference is the style of the back. The most traditional is a straight top to bottom back with vertical slats. This style of back offers you a classic look and the most comfort. You can also get backs that are straight at the bottom and then roll backward at the top. Some swing backs also have decorative carvings at the top.
The style you choose is a matter of personal preference. But when you get to the furniture shop, try sitting in the swing that you fancy - something that looks very attractive is not necessarily comfortable or practical.
How much would a good porch swing cost?
You can find quality wood porch swings from 200 to 800 dollars. The cost of your patio swings depends most on the type of wood they are made of. Western Red Cedar is the most beautiful and also most expensive. Cypress, pine and alder swings are a more budget-conscious option, with pine being the least expensive.
The construction of your porch swing also determines its price. Some swings come with a canopy, and these are more expensive. But if you plan to put your swing on a covered veranda, you don't need a canopy. And of course, additional decorations will always cost you more.
Where to get best deals on porch swings
The first place to look would be your local outdoor furniture stores. You can see what style is most comfortable for you and suitable for your porch. But don't hurry to purchase your swings in local shops. After you find a general style you like, check online furniture stores and compare prices. There are many sites that sell discounted garden furniture and usually you can get a good deal when you buy your wooden porch swings online.