There used to be a time when sitting on the front porch of your home waving at the neighbors was just normal. The classic white front porch swing is really becoming something of an anomaly now. In its place is the backyard patio as the place to hangout, relax or swing until your heart's content. There are a variety of outdoor swings on the market, so it shouldn't be difficult to find one that is the perfect fit for you and your family's lifestyle.
Common styles include the patio swing that has its own frame, cushions and canopy. This is the one you'll see sitting in a garden setting or on a wooden deck. They can be positioned about anywhere that there is enough of a flat surface for the frame to be properly set. This can include gravel, a paver patio or, as mentioned, any deck surface. This type of outdoor swing usually has an A-frame type of construction to it. There are two sides with a canopy over the top of the swing.
The canopies on such swings are nothing too substantial, but they are enough to block the sun if it is positioned properly. It can certainly make swinging in it on a hot summer day more enjoyable. There are other types of outdoor swings as well that have different features and uses.
For example, let's consider the outdoor glider. The glider is a hybrid between a bench and a swing. It has the name because rather than swing in an arc, like the typical swing, it rocks back and forth - or glides. These are ideal for situations where there is not as much room to swing. The glider has a more refined motion, so it is also great for a simple little motion. There can also be placed anywhere that there is a flat surface. Since they come in both powder coated metal materials and outdoor fabrics, they can be used in most settings.