8 Super Comfy Porch Swing Bed Designs
Porch Swing Beds
Porch swings combine two things that people love: that feeling of floating, and the idea of a repetitive, rocking motion that can help a person relax. However, one particular kind of porch swing goes far beyond the norm, and this kind as known as the porch swing bed.
What Exactly is a Porch Swing Bed?
As the name describes, it’s a porch swing bench wide enough to be a bed in its own right. Many porch swing beds have key differences with standard porch swing designs.
Suspension – Porch swing beds aren't designed to swing a lot – in fact, stability is more the norm, just allowing a little “give.” In this case, the suspending material is usually much more than rope, as the best suspension material is in the form of chains. Moreover, they aren't hooked to a pair of anchor points only. Depending on the design, the porch swing bed can have four separate anchoring points, for maximum stability.
Designs – When it comes to designs, the porch swing bed follows the major styles for actual porch swings:
Adirondack beds look similar to the classic suspended wooden seats, except that the seating area itself has been widened to accommodate at least one person in full sleeping position.
Hammock beds are probably the simplest designs, as they are little more than nets or swatches of sturdy canvass or cloth anchored to two or more separated points.
Canopy beds are rather elegant, being similar to Adirondack beds, but with a protective canopy on top. If the canopy is used for the inner porch or inside a room, it tends to be decorative, or used as a frame for drop-down curtains.
Finally, you also have wicker beds, which can take organic shapes, from what resembles a stiffer form of a hammock bed, to teardrop-shaped suspended beds or large seats that can be hung from one major anchor point.
What Are They Made Of?
The major materials for building porch swing beds are wood, metal, and plastic.
Wood – wood is by far the more popular material, as it allows for easy maintenance, and can be built to match the porch, interior room, or backyard area. However, wooden porch swing beds can be fragile when being used by heavier set people, or if sudden, heavy actions are done by the people who are on it.
Metal – Metal-framed porch swing beds are the sturdiest, but the combined weight of the installation can be a problem for some porches and inner areas. Metal-frame porch swing beds can be better for outlying balcony platforms and outdoor areas (in conjunction with a canopy design).
Plastic – Some types of hard plastic can be used for porch swing beds, but due to the malleability and inherent softness of the material, it’s probably better to use or buy plastic porch swing beds that cater to children, rather than adults. However, for indoor designs, plastic is a viable material, as long as it isn’t exposed to much sunlight or intense ultraviolet light, which can degrade the plastic material itself.
When choosing a porch swing bed, do remember that aside from aesthetics, you should choose one that can handle the weight that it will have to withstand, and at the same time, it should be easy to install, considering the material and construction of the ceiling, roof, or outdoor area where it will be put. Some porch swing beds can be PRICEY... depending on the material used, aesthetics aspects, and complexity of the design.
OK! It's time to finally get a peek at all the super comfy porch swing bed designs we've found for you all... HERE WE GO!
Outdoor 6' Fanback Swing Bed (White)
This fanback swing bed will be a great place to lie down and forget your problems in! Adorn it with all the throw pillows you can muster and you will have the perfect place to sit and reflect, right there on your porch. It's made out of natural USA pine wood and will need some assembly upon arrival but it will be a great addition to any home, that's for certain. Best of all, it's finely handmade by the Ahmish!
Outdoor 4' Marlboro Swing Bed (White)
This design will be perfect for a country-renaissance vibe! Also constructed with natural pine wood, this porch swing bed will make your porch or patio your new favorite spot. Snuggle with the kids or with the spouse and whisper sweet nothings to each other on a cozy summer afternoon. Frankly, any of these models will give you the a similar effect.
OK these next two models may be a tad confusing...
Outdoor 5' Royal English Garden Swing Bed (White)
As strange as it would seem, this product actually ships out in white! It actually looks great in black so I'm not too sure why it doesn't ship out that way, or why they didn't bother changing up the product photo, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. So please make sure to keep that in mind before placing an order... if you're looking for black, move onto the next model!
All said and done though, the Royal English patterned sculpted design isn't as fancy as the last one we listed but sometimes that's exactly what your porch really needs. Not all porches are looking for a big fancy swing bed back design and if that's the case with your's then this may be great choice!
Outdoor 6' Traditional English Swing Bed (Black)
...and just like the last model, this one ships out in... BLACK?!
Yet again, a mix up with the product photos makes this model a bit misleading. I have tried to explain it quite clearly though so try to use your imagination and picture the traditional English design in a sultry midnight black! If that's proving a bit difficult to do, scroll up to the last item to get an idea...
A black finish will certainly add an unexpected edge to your porch swing bed project. Throw it up against a white facade and suddenly you have a stunning centerpiece that will give your guests a warm welcome when they step onto your porch. Adorn the area with a dark red for an even darker vibe!
Outdoor 4' Fanback Swing Bed (Stained)
This last model is just to illustrate how one of these beauties would look without a paint job. Indeed, a rough exterior stained finish looks great in almost any situation. The character of the wood will certainly come to the surface as the highlight!
Here's an idea... gather your friends and family around and paint the new porch swing bed! It will give your porch a lived in vibe and will be a great way to create some fun memories that you can all reminisce about while wasting away the summer days on your brand new swing bed.
Before we continue, it would be important to mention that these models do not ship with mattresses or pillows! Please keep that in mind before placing an order...
Cypress 6' Swing Bed (with Heavy Duty 10' galvanized Chains)
Now THIS is more like it... just look at how comfy that little puppy is up there!
Probably my favorite on this list, this cypress beast will be a great addition to your porch. It's unfinished frame can support up to 600 lbs. and is capable of fitting a twin-sized mattress! That's plenty of space and comfort for anyone's needs. Cypress is extremely sturdy and is a natural insect repellent so there will be no need to treat the wood or worry about the long term. The equipped 5-brace system and galvanized, rust-resistant bolts and fittings will give you support and stability for several years to come.
This one may be a bit pricier than some of the others we've featured but all in all it is really a great value. Just look at that little mutt... he concurs!
Porch Swing Bed-Twin (with Futon)
This rustic beauty may seem a bit on the higher-end of the market to some but it ships directly to you ready for installation. Make sure you have a sturdy ceiling ready to accommodate this baby! It's oozing with character and it will be the final addition to complete your rustic, country western themed porch project.
Not to mention, this item comes with an appropriately-sized 8'' futon to boot. No more fiddling around with custom seamstress orders or having to mess about picking the right mattress... just throw on some blankets and pillows and you're good to go!
Swing til the end of summer or at least until you start to forget about how much this thing actually costs.
Here is a video of the aforementioned beast.
Cedar Pergola Arbor Swing Bed Set
Last but not least on our list is this beautiful garden pergola/swing bed set from A&L Furniture Co. This beauty is made of red western cedar and has been painstakingly custom made by some of the best Ahmish craftsmen. The wood is selected by the grain and a stained finish will reveal all the tiny details for you to see. There is some minor assembly required but it shouldn't be anything to difficult. The curtains and pillows are all sold separately.
I don't know about you but just looking at it is stunning. It is obviously well worth the price of admission and if your garden is in dire need of something to elegant to give it a certain flair then this may be exactly up your alley.
A porch is a pitiful site without a great place to lounge around in! If your porch or patio needs to get "cozy-fied" then maybe a swing bed setup will be a great way to prepare for the upcoming season.
We hope this article has given you some cool ideas of what is out there in the swing bed market!