Porch Swing

My Mom would like to revamp her porch swing and she’s been bugging me about helping her find some outdoor pillows. She wants the swing to to look more inviting with a lot of pillows and a nice long cushion. Here’s the blank slate she’s working with right now.

Wicker porch swing

This swing came with Bungalow 404 and my Mom commandeered it. It is a lovely FREE wicker swing.

Here’s the plan,

Porch Swing


My Mom already has two solid brown Sunbrella pillows and the swing.  So she’s adding more throw pillows, a bench cushion and some thick industrial hemp rope to suspend the swing instead of the chain. 

She really wants to buy off the shelf so thats why we went with the aqua thistle pillow for now.  The thistle pillow shares the green with the ceramic pots framing the entryway.


I’d recommend that she find a brown fabric that matches her existing pillows and have a long lumbar pillow made to anchor the back. She can add other accent pillows over time.  As much as I would like to pile the swing high with lots of worn linen and batik pillows, I have to be realistic and consider durability and exposure to the elements. In North Carolina even under a covered porch, this swing will experience more than one drenching in a driving thunderstorm. We had to go with easy care and durability.


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  • Amanda
    April 13, 2010

    Did the prior porch swing get tossed?

  • Sarah
    April 13, 2010

    No, I think its sitting out in the barn, waiting for a new home.

  • Owen Bell
    June 21, 2010

    my niece always love to have garden swing in their backyard.,;`

  • Oscar Turner
    July 20, 2010

    Garden Swings are great addition to home gardens, specially if you have lots of kids:*;

  • Hillary
    July 23, 2010

    Any suggestions for the type of rope to use for a porch swing? I can’t find anywhere on the web on what kind of hemp rope to use and how to install. Your swing looks great!!

  • Sarah
    July 23, 2010

    Hillary, I found a site called stairropes.com, they make beautiful hemp & cotton ropes. I didn’t email them to ask if I could suspend something with them but I’m sure the company could advise.

  • justin
    August 9, 2014

    is the swing for sale?

    • Sarah
      August 11, 2014

      No the swing is not for sale. My Mom still has it on her porch.

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