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Finding the Right Swing or Glider for You

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Finding the Right Swing or Glider for You

When it comes to finding the right furniture to transform your outdoor living spaces, homeowners are often faced with difficulty; is it okay to install a swing on the porch? Would swapping it for a glider make more sense?

This indecision can often stretch for weeks, and if one is not too careful, may never make an informed decision to purchase any outdoor furniture. If you’re unsure of which outdoor furniture you need, you’re in luck. We are going to break it down for you. Then, you’ll be able to settle to make a decision for which one you want.

You can thank us later by visiting our collection and place an order on our indoor and outdoor furniture and accessories. Let’s explore them, shall we?

What are Swings?

You’ve probably seen them a lot of times that you need not be told what they are. Some of our great memories as kids can be tied to this timeless piece of outdoor furniture. A porch swing is a lengthy chair that is suspended by ropes or metal chains to the ceiling of your porch. They are spacious enough to carry 2 persons at a time. Some large swings can accommodate more up to 3 persons at a time.

What are gliders?

People often make the mistake of alluding gliders as rockers. They are not exactly right. They are not exactly wrong either. Gliders are a form of chairs that produces a back and forth movement in a horizontal manner when you sit on it.

While swings typically back and forth in an arc, glider swing but remain rooted at the same spot.

With that out of the way, how do you determine the right swing or glider that is right for you? Let’s look at some factors that should make up your decision.

Usage level.

When you factor in the number of persons that will be able to use the outdoor furniture, porch swings win this round easily. Like earlier suggested, swing has the capacity to carry up to 3 persons at the same time.

Gliders, on the other hand, can only allow one person to use it at a time. Except, of course, a baby is sitting on your laps. With a baby, gliders provide soothing relief as the rocking motion seems to calm them down if they are crying.

Their movement.

For this round, gliders come on top easily. Gliders are indoor and outdoor furniture. This means they can be lifted to various parts of your home with ease.

When you install a porch swing on your outdoor space, you cannot move it from there, except it is dismantled.


Porch swings, whether wooden or metal, take a lot of space. Before you install it on your porch, you’d have to consider space for its forward and backward swing. Also, you need to leave a bit of space on either side of the swing, so you can navigate to the back, if necessary.

Gliders, on the other hand, do not take much space.

Whatever your decisions are at the end of the day, ensure that you get outdoor furniture that is durable, requires less maintenance, stylish, and provides comfort.

You don’t need to look any further. The Porch Swing Store has all you need for your outdoor sanctuary. We have a wide variety of swings and gliders that will make an awesome addition to your outdoor space. Check out our collections now.

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