The idea is so simple, yet the trend is new. Most of us are familiar with the comfort that comes from sitting on a porch swing. They’re so relaxing … could it get any better? The answer is “yes” because someone (who we think is very wise) thought, “This porch swing is really great, but what if it were cushioned and had more room for me to really spread out?” and we’re so glad they did.
Discover Deep Relaxation in a Swing Bed
By simply adding to the depth of the porch swing seat, a swing bed was born. Many have the same look as regular porch swings with a backrest and armrests, but they offer a deeper seat for a more lounge-worthy experience. Others feature no sides at all and are really more like a hanging bed.
Things to Keep in Mind About Swing Beds
It’s important to note that not all hanging beds or swing beds will swing the same way a traditional porch swing will. A porch swing has two points of contact with the ceiling of your porch or the stand it’s supported by.
Some swing beds feature the same Y-shaped hanging chain system with two points of installation. These will swing. But others – like those of the hanging bed variety – often hang by four points. This means the swing bed will definitely sway, but you won’t experience a generous swinging motion.
Where to Hang a Swing Bed
Swing beds are right at home on a covered front or back porch. They also make a great spot to rest in a sunroom or any space with a ceiling that will support the bed. For safety, it’s wise to have a professional install your porch swing bed. A porch swing needs to be securely mounted to a stable structure, and a professional installer has the expertise to locate a suitable mounting point and correctly position the swing so that it has enough clearance. If your porch isn’t covered, look for a swing bed with a standalone frame. You can place these versatile models on a patio, open porch, or lawn.
Some swing beds come with cushions. For other models, you’ll need to purchase a cushion separately. And don’t forget the extras. Many swing beds come with throw pillows, but you can also pick out your own for a custom look. Complete your outdoor space with a blanket. Pick out a cozy one, and you’ll be able to relax on your swing bed on cool summer nights and beyond.