A Porch Swing To While Away the Hours

Is there anything more nostalgic in summer than whiling away the hours on a porch swing? Enjoying a gentle breeze while swaying to and fro on a swing brings back memories of simpler times that were far less rushed and frazzled.

Black Front Porch SwingPhoto by Nostalgic Porch Swing Co., LLC


To “while away” means to pass the time in a pleasant way. An upholstered swing on a front porch creates a comfortable place to enjoy a summer day or evening. Sometimes when it’s especially hot and humid, you don’t have a lot of energy so the porch becomes a welcome respite from chores or tasks.

Upholstered Porch SwingPhoto by Jeff Herr Photography


Of course, the swing doesn’t have to be outside. You can enjoy one on a three-season porch, too. It’d be comforting to take a little catnip on this unique fabric swing.

Swing on Enclosed PorchPhoto by Knight Associates


Boho chic style swings are becoming more popular and I could easily see this one at my daughter’s house. In fact, she has an enclosed back porch where a swing like this would be perfect.

White Rattan SwingPhoto by Blakely Interior Design


I love this modern take for summer swinging! It reminds me of a playground swing for adults.

Modern Style Farmhouse PorchPhoto by Katharine Webster Inc.


A pair of rattan swings are a clever alternative to the classic, larger swing you typically see. Pillows are a must because the reeds of these chairs can sometimes be uncomfortable.

Pair of Rattan Chair Swings on PorchPhoto by Lindye Galloway Interiors


And here it is! The nostalgic porch swing that you’d expect to see in an old TV show like Andy Griffith. The porch provides shade on a hot summer day and the movement in the swing creates a gentle breeze. All that’s missing is you – and a glass of iced tea!

Small Front Porch with Wood SwingPhoto by Nostalgic Porch Swing Co., LLC

If you don’t have room on a porch for a swing, you could always try a glider which can go on a porch, deck, or even in the yard where space allows!


See More Porch Inspiration:

Two-Story Porches for Ultimate Curb Appeal

Rocking Chairs for the Front Porch

Summer on the Front Porch

12 Screened Porches for Summer Fun

Who Doesn’t Want a Summer Sleeping Porch?

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  1. Thanks Jennifer, these are wonderful ideas and they do sell a lot of different kinds. I want one for my back porch, i have a glider on my front screened in porch. It’s my favorite place to be Spring and Fall on my screened in porch.

  2. I can certainly picture that chair at Bridget’s house! And more plants too, of course😉 I don’t think I ever mentioned that I almost bought a house very similar to Bridget’s. I think it is looking quite lovely.

  3. I love the upholstered swing. One of my most nostalgic memories of growing up on a Missouri farm is sitting in the porch swing with my mother at dusk in our nightgowns after a hard day of farm chores, including evening milking, followed by a cooling bath, watching night fall. Northwest Missouri is very green and hilly and beautiful in the gloaming.