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Porch Swings: A Way To Help Create Ultimate Relaxation

January 18, 2011 by admin  
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There's something about the rhythmic movement of a porch swing that can bring us to a peaceful state of body and mind.  Perhaps it's because our own parents rocked and swayed us as babies that we continue to search for that soothing sensation.  No matter the reason, porch swings help us relax and unwind.  We feel more at ease, more peaceful.  On a porch swing, we can let life slow down enough to enjoy the beauty of the natural world around us.  We can listen to and appreciate the music of birds, breeze, and children playing.

Porch swings come in a number of styles, so choosing the best depends only on the kind of features you prefer.  Does the notion of sharing your porch swing with a friend sound inviting?  Then a two-seater is an appropriate choice.  Even if you prefer to swing by yourself, porch swings with two seats give you extra space so you can keep your magazines and books close at hand.

Additionally, porch swings are built using different types of materials that you'll want to consider. Do you like the natural appearance of wood?  Wooden porch swings can be stained or painted, if you like, to complement the decor of your home.  The best wooden porch swings are made from sturdy, weather resistant, and insect resistant woods like Western Red Cedar or Eucalyptus.  Hard wooden seats can be made more comfortable with the addition of a seat cushion and throw pillows made with weather resistant fabrics.

Some homeowners prefer the look of wicker rather than wood; unfortunately, traditional wicker is not weather proof and would not be appropriate for the outdoors.  Fortunately, porch swings are available in durable resin wicker.  Resin wicker looks just as elegant as traditional wicker, but it is resistant to the elements, mold, and UV rays.  The best quality resin wicker porch swings are hand-woven and have a steel frame, so rust is not an issue.  Many also come with their own seat cushion covered with weather resistant fabric.  One of the more appealing characteristics about resin wicker furniture is how simple it is to clean.  Most dirt can be washed off by squirting the resin wicker with a hose and letting it air dry.  Tougher dirt requires only mild soap and a soft bristle brush.

If your porch at home is not large enough or is not able to support a porch swing, or if your home does not have a porch at all, you can still enjoy the gentle sway of a porch swing if you have a swing frame.  Porch swing frames are durable structures designed to support standard porch swings and the people who own them.  You have a little more freedom in terms of location when you use a swing frame because you can choose to put your porch swing in the garden, under a shady tree, or anywhere in the yard.  Some homeowners prefer to use a swing frame right on the porch rather than bolting the swing to the porch's ceiling.

Porch swings, regardless of where they are placed, are an inviting addition to any home.  The gentle back and forth sway helps to settle the mind and refresh the body; consequently, they quickly become a favorite spot for winding down at the end of a stress-filled day.


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