As soon as the weather turns warm enough, people head for the porch to enjoy as much time outdoors as possible, and a critical element in this space is the right porch seating. Thanks to the roof overhead, having a porch on your home means that you can still enjoy the outdoors if a summer shower passes through. It’s also a welcome oasis from the hot summer sun. The seating you choose is very important: Sitting is the main thing anyone does on a porch! If the porch is in the front of the house, it has to complement the design of the home and be a welcoming spot for visitors. If the porch is in the back, it’s more of a private space, ideal for whiling away the hours outdoors under cover.
Before you go shopping for porch chairs, you need to consider what kind are best for the style of the house as well as the size of the porch. Also, think about what you will typically want to do on your porch. Is it big enough to include a small table for playing games or working? Or, do you envision an old-fashioned porch set-up with a line of rocking chairs, perfectly suited for conversation and watching the people go by? It the space is big enough, you can create a couple of separate seating areas and mix up the types of porch chairs you include.
Here are some of the most common categories and some of the best porch chairs:
A porch swing is a quintessential addition to a front porch, but Darlee’s Nassau Cast Aluminum Patio Bench Glider will give you the same feel without the bother of installation or the need to paint it. The perfect size for two — or just for one when it’s time for a breather — this glider is a perfect piece of porch seating that allows you to swing back and for to your heart’s content. Darlee is known for its pieces that are made from cast aluminum, meaning that they are rust-resistant. They also have an antique bronze powder coating that is more durable than regular painted surfaces, so it doesn’t weather over time and will give you many seasons of relaxation.
The glider’s construction makes it very durable, but it’s also lighter than comparable cast-iron pieces. Part of a larger Nassau collection that features the same classic basketweave design on the chairs, you can incorporate this glider into the furniture collection you already have or choose matching pieces to expand your seating options. It comes with versatile polyester cushions in a neutral sesame color that are made do be moisture resistant. Darlee furniture comes with a great five-year residential warranty on the furniture frame and the powder coat finish is backed by a three-year warranty. Even the polyester fabric cushions are warranted for one year, except for any fading due to chemicals or neglect.
Add some dimension and a natural touch to your porch with this Natural Shorea Curved Patio Bench from Oxford Garden. The gentle curve of this 83-inch bench is made for a porch seating group that will accommodate friends and family. It’s a large piece that will be the focus of any porch and has a hefty and substantial feel thanks to the dimensions of the timber used. The high-quality construction has mortise and tenon joints that increase the strength and durability, which is further enhanced by the addition of corner braces on the thick legs.
The Essex Bench is made from Shorea wood, which is a tropical wood similar to teak in that it also has a high oil content. This makes it very durable and rot- and weather-resistant. With an outdoor wood like Shorea, you have a choice of choosing the no-maintenance route and leaving it untreated and allowing it to weather to a natural-looking gray. Those who prefer the look of the wood’s warm brown tone can oil it to help maintain the color. Overall, this is a very durable piece that will be the proud anchor piece in any porch seating arrangement. Oxford Garden products are covered by a three-year limited warranty.
If the porch isn’t that big, you can still include a classic outdoor bench like the 60-Inch Teak Patio Bench By Douglas Nance. An elegant, well-proportioned bench like this one, with its scooped seat, is always a good choice because it’s excellent for mixing and matching. This particular Douglas Nance bench has high-quality construction, including mortise and tenon joints that make it extra sturdy. The thick wood and superior hardware also contribute to the durability of this porch bench. The best part — in addition to the style and comfort — is that the bench has a silky smooth feel thanks to the fine sanding of the piece.
Even though your porch is covered, this bench will stand up to any of the elements Mother Nature can throw its way, from sun, snow, wind or rain. This is because it’s crafted from Grade A plantation-grown teak, which naturally has a high oil and makes it resist against moisture, rot, warping, fungus and insects. This is why it’s one of the top choices for durable outdoor furniture. You can choose to treat it with teak sealer and preserve the natural brown color or, if you leave it untreated, it’ll weather to a silvery gray color.
Douglas Nance covers all its teak products with a five-year residential warranty against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship Provided the furniture is assembled correctly and used normally the company will repair 0r replace, free of charge, the defective product part.
There was day when porch rocking chairs were generally a standard wooden type, but now there are so many attractive styles available like the Darlee Nassau Cast Aluminum Patio Rocker Club Chair. This combines all the great features of any outdoor porch seating: the relaxing joy of rocking, the comfort of a cull club chair, and the contemporary style of a luxe chair. The company is known for its furniture constructed of cast aluminum, which makes them rust-resistant and durable. This outdoor rocking chair also has an antique bronze powder coating that is more durable than regular painted surfaces. This means that it won’t weather over time and will give last for years relaxation on your porch.
The construction of the chair makes it very durable, like cast iron, but it a lot lighter in weight than any chair made from traditional cast iron. The large Nassau collection that includes this rocker club chair is distinguished by the classic basketweave design on the chair backs. This means that you can add this into an existing seating group, or expand your collection with different seating options. The versatile polyester cushions in a neutral sesame color are included and are made do be moisture resistant. Darlee furniture has a five-year residential warranty on the frame and the powder coat finish is backed by a three-year warranty. Even the polyester fabric cushions are covered for one year, except for any fading due to chemicals or neglect.
The Classic Acacia Patio Rocking Chair By Walker Edison has the look of the quintessential front porch rocking chair. It’s a traditional piece that friends and family will all want to sit in. The charming style is versatile enough to go with just about any other porch seating that you might already have. It also features a sculpted seat that makes it more comfortable to sit and while away long summer evenings.
This rocking chair is made from acacia wood, a moderately heavy hardwood that is dense and made for the long haul when it comes to durability. Naturally sturdy acacia is weather-resistant, so if you ever move it out of the porch, there’s no worry about it withstanding the elements. The slatted seat also keeps any water from pooling on the chair. The brown stain on the rocking chair highlights the wood grain, which can be maintained in its natural brown by using teak oil for maintenance. Some easy assembly is required for this rocker, which is covered by Walker Edison’s 30-day limited warranty against damage or defects.
Nothing says summer relaxation like an Adirondack chair but storing these big boys can be an issue — except with this Folding Acacia Patio Adirondack Chair from Walker Edison. The classic silhouette has the right angle at the deep back for relaxing and the wide armrests are just the place to set your cup of coffee as you watch the sun set. As a folding model, this one is ideal as a porch chair because it can easily be folded and moved out of the way if necessary.
Gorgeous natural acacia wood gives the chairs a very earthy vibe. Acacia is a durable, moderately heavy hardwood that is dense and made for long life. Naturally sturdy acacia is weather-resistant, so if you ever move it out of the porch, there’s no worry about it withstanding the elements. The slatted seat also keeps any water from pooling on the chair. The brown stain highlights the wood grain, which can be maintained in its natural color by using teak oil for maintenance. Some easy assembly is required for this rocker, which is covered by Walker Edison’s 30-day limited warranty against damage or defects.
For some lovers of Adirondack chairs, only the authentic painted version will do. This usually means you’ll have to repaint it from time to time, unless you opt for the Classic Recycled Plastic Wood Patio Folding Adirondack Chair By POLYWOOD. This one is a bright sunset red that adds a pop of color to your porch. The color won’t fade because the light stable pigment runs all the way through the furniture instead of just being a surface treatment. Besides resisting the sun, Polywood is a recycled heavy-duty plastic lumber that’s eco-friendly and made in the USA. Polywood looks like real wood but is low maintenance and super easy to clean so you’re not spending your time on furniture upkeep.
The chair is well-constructed, solid and can withstand winds. Even better, it also folds away for storage or for portability. A little assembly is required for this Adirondack chair but it’s almost ready to go out of the box and the amount of work is minimal. Polywood is covered by a 20-year residential warranty against material defects and that it won’t splinter, crack, chip, peel, rot, or be damaged by insect infestation. Not only will this chair look great on your porch for years to come, it’ll have you relaxing and enjoying your space more than ever.
Add a touch of the Victorian to your porch with a marvelous International Caravan Sun Ray Porch Swing. Especially if you have Victorian style home, this porch swing will add to the authentic vibe. The curved and contoured seat is extra comfortable while the overall design is a stunning sunburst on the seat back and the front edge has a characteristic looping design. You can swing and sway for hours in this elegant seat.
Made from wrought iron, the swing is finished with a specially formulated long-lasting bronze powder coating that makes it rust-resistant. The metal is heavy enough to keep the swing stable enough for windy environments and cleans up easily with a garden hose. The swing hangs from the ceiling with chains that attach are included with the seat. The weight capacity for the 43-inch wide swing is 325 pounds.
A super low maintenance option, the Nautical Slate Gray Recycled Plastic Wood 48-Inch Patio Swing by Polywood gives you the look of a classic porch swing with none of the work. The eco-friendly, made in the USA swing will last for years without losing any of its color or wood-look finish. The material used for the swing is made from recycled plastic and the heavy-duty plastic lumber will not deteriorate. Polywood won’t fade because it contains a light-stable pigment that runs all the way through the furniture instead of just being a surface treatment. It will stand up to sun, snow wind and water without looking any worse for the wear.
The swing seat has a contour that makes it more comfortable, meaning that you’ll enjoy countless hours relaxing on your porch. It also comes in a neutral gray color that will work with almost any color combination of porch decor. The swing comes with a chain kit so that you can hang it up right away and start enjoying this classic swing that is made with modern materials to cut down the time spent on maintenance.
While most porches are under cover, some have areas that can be hit with hot sun nonetheless. For those areas, the Leisure Season Wood Patio Swing Chaise Lounge With Umbrella is the solution. More than just a swing, this is actually a chaise lounge that swings on its own curved frame, topped off with an umbrella to protect you from the sun. It’s the ultimate in porch lounging because you can just nestle in and sway to your heart’s content.
The swing and the frame are crafted from solid Larch wood, a hardwood that comes from the Cypress tree family. It’s is well-suited for outdoor furniture because it is durable and resists decay. In addition, the wood is stained and covered with a protective coating to boost durability. The entire-set-up it’s easy to assemble and comes with a polyester cushion for extra comfort. The Wood Patio Swing Chaise Lounge is covered by a one-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
Iconic directors chairs may be more associated with film sets, but they also make fabulous porch chairs, especially the taller variety like the World Famous Dining Height Director Chair By Telescope Casual. These casual chairs are comfortable, portable and lend a distinctive flair to any porch. These chairs are made with North American hardwood by Telescope Casual Furniture, which has been making products in the US for over a century. The arms of the chair are hand-shaped and sanded for extra smoothness and comfort. At the same time, the frame is supported by zinc-plated steel braces that are heavy-duty and resist corrosion.
The canvas seats resist sagging, remaining comfortable and supportive over time. The fabric is colored with the finest dyes for long-lasting color and the chair has self-leveling plastic glides attached to protect your porch floors from scratches. The ability to fold the chair makes it super versatile for other spaces and for storage in the off-season. Telescope Casual products made from wood are covered by a one-year warranty as are the slings.
For complete relaxation on the porch, go for the Leisure Season Fabric Hammock With Stand. The shady place is the ideal location for the hammock so that you can read, nap or just watch the clouds go by. There’s plenty of room in the amply sized 126″x47″ hammock that is suspended from its own frame. The freestanding wooden frame is made from Larch wood, a hardwood that is decay-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor furniture. It has a natural look thanks to the medium brown stain that has an added layer of protection from the protective coating.
The sling of the hammock is made from a fabric that’s durable and dries quickly. It’s suspended from the frame with rust-resistant, zinc-plated steel chains that come with the frame and sling. A pillow is also included, making it even more comfortable. The entire set is easy to assemble and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. Leisure Season cover the Fabric Hammock With Stand with a one-year warranty against manufacturing defect.
For a more tropical feeling, the Pawleys Island Presidential Size Original DuraCord Rope Hammock is the ideal, casual choice. This luxurious hand-woven hammock is a generous 65-inches wide so it can hold three people at the same time. This is great for relaxing with your spouse or having story time with your kids all together. Or, just stretch out by yourself for the ultimate in relaxation. The hammock is woven from DuraCord rope made from a blend of cotton, polyester, and MGP resin. It’s actually precision wound and exceeds US military strength specifications, but it still feels supremely soft like cotton. The colorfast DuraCord is solution-dyed to a natural brown shade and is able to stand up to the elements as well as resist mildew.
The hammock is held in shape by two spreader bars that are made from solid Southern white oak that is triple-dipped in a marine varnish for durability. Because this hammock does not come with a frame, it’s necessary to attach the included Galvanized hardware to the pillars of the porch, the side of the house or other strong and stable support like a tree. Once installed, the sturdy hammock has a maximum weight capacity of 450 pounds. Pawleys Island guarantees that its products are free of defects in workmanship and materials for up to one year.
Beach chairs are the most budget-conscious and portable creating options for the outdoors. Whether the plan is soaking up the sun in the backyard, sitting by the lake or heading to the beach, Telescope Casual’s Original Mini-Sun Folding Aluminum Beach Chair is ideal. A space-saving folding design provides convenience as well as comfort. These chairs have an aluminum frame that’s rust-resistant and securely fastened together with rivets as well as screws. Telescope Casual Furniture has been making its furniture in the US since 1903 and knows the value of durability and quality.
The sling of the folding aluminum beach chair is made of a quick-drying fabric that’s also weather-resistant, making it ideal for waterside locations — even if that’s a backyard kiddie pool. A variety of colors are available to match your existing outdoor furniture or your beach umbrella. Some added bonuses are the back of the chair, which reclines into four positions, as well as its light weight, which makes it easy to bring a number of chairs along for an outdoor event or adventure. The curved top of the chair acts as a towel rack for extra convenience. The chair is warranted by Telescope Casual for one year.
A day bed like Leisure Season’s Wood Patio Sunbed With Canopy is the ultimate in outdoor relaxation. There’s just something so glamorous about lounging away the afternoon on this sunbed that’s plenty big for two. It’s a spacious 6 1/2 feet, which means that it’s possible to fully stretch out. You can also place it anywhere because of the free-standing frame that holds the sling, while the matching canopy shades you from the sun.
The easily-assembled frame is made from Leisure Season’s solid Larch wood, which is decay resistant and ideal for outdoor use. The wood is stained a medium brown color and gets extra durability from a protective coating. The sling itself is made from a quick-drying fabric for speedy recovery from, summer rainstorms. The daybed comes with two pillows for extra comfort. Leisure Season warrants the sunbed for one year against manufacturing defects.
Front porch or back porch, your seating choice will affect how much time you spend outside, so choose something that’s comfortable and meets your needs. The warm weather can be fleeting so crate an outdoor living space that beckons you on a daily basis, whether you’re entertaining or just hanging out by yourself.
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