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12 Backyard Swings Everyone Will Enjoy

Whether for relaxation or fun, a backyard or porch swing can create lasting memories. Here are 12 options to consider.

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Chair Swing

A hanging chair swing on a shaded back patio always makes for a relaxing afternoon. If you need to add some shade to your space, try a pergola. This trendy Cottle Hanging Rope Swing Chair hammock is the perfect addition to your home, patio, or garden. It features a sturdy frame for durability with tasteful bohemian style for a casual-retro touch. When you’re ready to relax and unwind, hang it from any sturdy overhang to create a cozy resting spot.

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Sofa Swing

This deep seating sofa mission rope swing will take your mind back to a time when life was slower and all was at peace. As you relax in the soft sunbrella cushions you will notice the slight curve on the arms and the mission style pickets, as well as the thick braided rope that hangs from an old-fashioned looking rope pulley. Much care went into the detail and design of this swing so you can enjoy the outdoors for years to come with comfort and style. Here are 10 pretty porch swings that may inspire you to build your own.

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Traditional Wooden Swing

This traditional wooden swing is made from high-quality premium hardwood and features four rustic holes for the tree swing with 10 feet of rope. It’s resistant to wind, rain and sun and has a weight limit of 350 pounds. Tie this swing up anywhere — a tree, a playground — or bring it along on a camping trip. This design would also work with a backyard swing set.

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Platform Swing

Your family will get hours of entertainment out of this platform swing from Royal Oak. The 40 in. x 30 in. platform is weather-resistant and can hold up to 700 pounds.

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Tire Swing

This tire swing makes a fantastic addition to any house with kids, the ideal choice for parents looking to create a safe, recreational space around their homes. The Swing with Coated Chain from Eastern Jungle Gym is made from tire and plastic, which are durable and reliable. It supports up to 150 pounds.

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Standing Surfboard Swing

Surf’s up! This Swurfer Standing Surfboard-Style tree swing has a curved design that mimics surfing and will propel swingers through the air — no beach required. This surfboard swing is made for those six and older.

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Hand Swing

If you’re lucky enough to have a large tree next to a pond or lake, try a hand swing. This bar rope swing gives your kids hours of exhilarating flying adventures. What kid doesn’t want to experience what it’s like to fly? The trapeze is the perfect tool to encourage kids to get outside and use their imagination. This swing includes the 15 in. trapeze swing bar, seven ft. braided polyethylene rope, adjustable clip and locking snap hook. If you want to make your own hand swing, make sure you know these five knots.

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Double Swing

Multi-child Glider swings from Creative Cedar Designs are ideal for collaborative play time. This two-person Glider swing accommodates up to 150 lbs. Invite friends over to soar on the backyard swing set, knowing the ASTM-compliant construction and pinch-free swing chains ensure a play-safe experience. Includes Glider swing seat, swing chains and installation directions. Be sure to prune any branches that may be in the way.

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Porch Swing

Try building your own porch swing. This weekend project will cost you several hundred dollars, depending on the materials you use. When you’re finished, you’ll have a lovely place to enjoy the summer breeze.

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Rope Swing

You don’t need much for a backyard swing. A thick, heavy rope with some large knots on the end can entertain kids of all ages for hours. If you’re looking for even more backyard fun, here are 12 awesome DIY play sets for kids of all ages.

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Disc Swing

Here’s a variation of the traditional backyard swing which uses a disc for the seat. This Cool Disc Swing with adjustable rope helps build agility, strength, coordination, and balance. This swing can hold up to 120 lbs.

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Cozy Swing

Perch yourself in a cozy swing chair that will change the way you relax. Featuring a playful yet elegant basket shape, this charming accessory not only gives your patio or living room a refreshing transitional look but also offers incredible comfort. This is constructed with beautifully wrapped wicker weave and a sturdy metal frame, allowing you hours of much-needed leisure whenever you need it. Finished with plush water-resistant cushions, this piece can be used both indoor and outdoor, making this a truly extraordinary addition to your lounge space. If you have a swing on the porch, make it even cozier with outdoor cushions and pillows. Just add ties to the furniture cushions to keep them in place.

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Rachel Brougham
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