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Grandpa’s Swing

Vintage Porch Swing

Porch Swing Stories 

A collection of short stories capturing life’s bonding moments while creating enduring memories and relationships, all of which take place at home with the gentle sway of the porch swing.

Grandpa was a funny, patient, simple, and kind man. He didn’t make much money but was rich with wisdom, skill, and love for his family. He had many imaginative and clever expressions, like, “Just because you’re poor, you don’t have to be dirty,” or, “The restaurant bathroom mirrors the kitchen.” Having grown up on the farm, it was no wonder that his idea of a relaxing vacation was going back to the vast land and nature of the country, where brown cows produced chocolate milk, brown and white cows made milk chocolate, black cows were coffee cows, and black and white cows gave us coffee with cream.

My grandpa was a skilled woodworker. He indeed created everlasting keepsakes everywhere he went, but especially from his workshop in the basement. Unlike some basements, where eerie energy is felt because of old junk that got lost over the years, I loved going to the basement of my grandparent’s home. Grandpa’s workshop was well-lit and meticulous. The peg-boarded walls were sectioned in neat rows of bits, chisels, planes, and small containers filled with screws, nuts, sandpaper, and more. The counter was clutter-free and home to the different types of saws and larger equipment he used for his projects, but what I call masterpieces. He believed in cleaning up every day after working on a project. A neat workspace was part of creating the perfection of his creations.

His woodworking skill shined through when watching him at his art at home with his tools in his basement workshop, but more so without his tools as a guest in our garage. Grandpa made something for us every time he came to visit. Whatever he made was of the best quality and lasted for generations. Grandpa made simple things like cutting boards in the form of a pig to big stuff like our playset that took the shape of a climbable tent equipped with monkey bars on the side. I remember he made our bunk beds, and I asked for them to be painted purple. As he showed me how to sand the wood, he pointed out the beauty of the grain and knots of the wood and how that was highlighted once the stain was applied. When he was done, the wood was so smooth and shiny that I loved it much better than any colored paint.

I fondly remember the porch swing he made for my parents when they bought our house. Like the bunk bed, it was stained and glossy, highlighting the wood’s grain and knots, which he admired the most. It was big enough for three grownups, but most of us kids would sit on it while playing make-believe, I-spy, or listening to stories – both told and read. While I can’t remember him making it, I remember the times we spent on it, swinging and letting our imaginations take us to different worlds. I would play hairdresser and braid the little, yet long, patch of hair he had remaining at the top of his head to cover as much as possible of his otherwise balding head. We would see how high we could swing as I would tell him of my plans to become a pilot to soar the skies. He would gently sway us, kids, as he spoke to calm us and get us to apologize after fighting with each other. He never assigned blame. After all, “it takes two to fight.” Our favorite make-believe game would be to pretend that the swing was a wagon and we were waggoneers headed to the wild-wild West. We would set up all our horse figurines in front of the swing, and my grandfather was often the coachman. At the same time, my brothers were the good or bad guys (depending on each of their moods) who would rob and protect us. My sister and I would be in the back of the wagon, making food for everyone and dressing up in fancy clothes and jewelry. Reflecting back, I believe my grandfather had just as much fun playing with us as we did with him. He never stopped to go inside to be with the other adults in our family. Those are among my favorite childhood memories of feeling safe, loved, and carefree.

Today, I have the same swing, sway, and play with my child, just like my grandfather did with my siblings. Our nightly routine often ends on that swing with a story, either told or read, and watching the sky turn orange and pink before the sun goes to sleep. As my grandfather told me, I tell my son, “The ovens in the heavens are on, and the angels are baking.” But, now that Grandpa is an Angel, I like to think that the orange and pink in the sky are also the lights of his heavenly workshop, where he’s making us a swing in the sky, ready for us whenever we get there.

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Porch Swings Vs Bed Swings

Porch Swings For Sale

Porch swings and bed swings are two popular forms of leisure furniture, but they serve different purposes and are designed differently. Whether you’re looking to decorate your living room, sunroom, front porch, patio, or garden or simply looking for a comfortable place to lounge, it’s essential to understand the difference between porch swings and bed swings. In this article, we’ll look at both types of swings and their unique features so that you can choose the best option for your indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Porch Swings

Luxury interior white oak porch swing.

A porch swing is a type of seating typically suspended from the ceiling or an overhead beam. These swings are usually made from solid wood and can come in various styles, from traditional to modern. They typically seat two or more people and are perfect for relaxing, chatting with friends, or enjoying a quiet moment outdoors.

One of the most significant advantages of porch swings is that they take up very little space. They can be easily hung from a porch ceiling or overhead beam, leaving plenty of room for other furniture and decor. Additionally, porch swings are relatively low-maintenance and easy to clean, making them an excellent choice for outdoor spaces exposed to the elements.

Another advantage of porch swings is their versatility. They can be used in various ways, from lounging and reading to enjoying coffee or a glass of wine. Porch swings can also be painted or stained to match your existing outdoor decor, giving you complete control over the look and feel of your outdoor space.

Bed Swings

Bed Swing with bolster pillows stainless steel chains.

One of the most significant advantages of bed swings is their comfort. Unlike porch swings, which are designed for sitting, bed swings are designed for lounging and provide a comfortable, supportive place to relax. In addition, they’re typically much larger than porch swings, which makes them ideal for outdoor spaces where you want to stretch out and relax.

Georgia Swing beds are durable. They’re made from high-quality woods, such as cedar, oak, or teak wood, which makes them naturally rot-resistant. This makes bed swings an excellent choice for indoor and outdoor spaces exposed to the elements.

Finally, bed swings are a great way to add style to any space. They come in various types, from traditional to modern, and can be painted or stained to match your outdoor decor. So whether you’re looking for a classic look or something more contemporary, Georgia Swings offers bed swings that fit every style with additional customization options.

Porch swings are perfect for relaxing, chatting with friends, or enjoying a quiet moment outdoors, while bed swings are designed for lounging and provide a comfortable, relaxing place. Both types of swings have unique advantages, so it’s essential to consider your specific needs and preferences when choosing the right one for your location. Whether you’re looking to decorate your living space or simply looking for a comfortable place to lounge, porch swings and bed swings are great options that will surely add style and comfort to your outdoor space.

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African Teak Porch Swings

Teak Porch Swings

African teak porch swings are one of the best options you can choose for indoor and outdoor use. African teak is a durable, strong and beautiful wood that is perfect for outdoor use. There are many benefits to choosing a porch swing made from African teak, and in this article, we will explore them in detail.

First and foremost, African teak is a very durable wood. It is known for its resistance to rot, decay and insects, making it perfect for outdoor use. This means that your porch swing will last for many years to come, even in the harsh elements. This is particularly important if you live in an area with a lot of rain or humidity, as other woods may not hold up as well.

African teak is also a very strong wood, which means that it can support a significant amount of weight. This is perfect for porch swings, as they need to be able to hold the weight of multiple people at once. You can have peace of mind knowing that your porch swing is sturdy and safe, even when it is fully loaded.

Another benefit of African teak porch swings is its beautiful appearance. The wood has a natural golden-brown color that is rich and warm. It has a unique grain pattern that adds character and interest to the wood. As the wood ages, it will develop a silver-gray patina that adds to its beauty. The natural beauty of African teak will enhance the look of any porch, and it will be a great addition to any home.

African teak is also very easy to maintain. It is naturally resistant to rot and decay, so it doesn’t require any special treatment to keep it looking beautiful. However, if you want to keep the wood looking its best, it is recommended that you apply a coat of oil to it every few years. This will help to protect the wood from the elements and keep it looking great for many years to come.

African teak porch swings are also eco-friendly. African teak is a sustainable wood that is grown and harvested in a responsible manner. The trees are grown on managed plantations, and the wood is harvested in a way that ensures the survival of the trees. This means that you can feel good about your purchase knowing that it is not only good for you but also good for the environment.

Finally, porch swings made from African teak are very comfortable. The wood is smooth and warm to the touch, which makes it perfect for sitting on. The natural beauty of the wood will add to the overall ambiance of your porch, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind. You can enjoy the outdoors and the natural beauty of the wood while you relax in your porch swing.

In conclusion, porch swings made from African teak are an excellent choice for any home. They are durable, strong, beautiful, easy to maintain, eco-friendly, and comfortable. They will last for many years, even in harsh weather conditions. They are perfect for relaxing and unwinding, and they will add to the overall ambiance of your porch. If you’re looking to add a porch swing to your home, consider one made from African teak – you won’t be disappointed!

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Why Organic White Oak Porch Swings?

Organic White Oak Porch Swing

Incorporate elements of nature into your indoor living space with The Decatur all-natural solid white oak porch swing. White oak porch swings are an excellent choice for a robust and durable porch swing. In addition, the all-natural white oak porch swing is the perfect choice if you want a swing with little to zero maintenance.

While white oak is naturally rot-resistant, minimal sun and moisture exposure will increase its performance. We recommend a covered porch or patio for all-natural wooden swings. Organic white oak porch swings are also perfect for indoors. The absence of stains and paint makes it safe indoors around people and their pets.

Easy Maintenance

There are benefits of using natural wooden swings that are free of paints and stains. First, you never have to worry about damaging the finish. Any fine scratches on the surface will usually blend in with the wood grain. Since white oak is very hard, it will take a severe beating before any scratches are noticeable. Second, you can sand away any fine scratches or markings with 240 or 320-grit sandpaper. Finally, soap and water can easily wash off dirt and other markings.

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What to Expect When Buying A Custom Porch Swing

Buying A Custom Porch Swing

Many products we use daily are mass-produced in factories, most overseas. So there are many unknowns when buying an imported porch swing. As a result, it can be challenging to know whether a product you’re purchasing will be of high quality.

We do things differently at Georgia Swings. For example, we don’t build barn doors or tabletops. Instead, we focus all of our attention on just building swings. An American-made Georgia Swings brand porch swing gives you confidence that your product is constructed with care and made of solid natural wood and high-quality finishes. We’ve detailed the process below, so you’ll know what to expect when placing an order.

Process Overview

Building a handcrafted porch swing from scratch takes time. When placing an order with Georgia Swings, you’ll get to choose the size of your swing, the type of wood, the color of the stain or paint, an optional topcoat finish, the seat depth, the hanging design, a cup holder option, and an option for swing cushions, depending on the product.

As you can see, your swing is entirely customizable, and going through the process of crafting a custom-made item starts when placing your order. Remember that we will only put your item into our queue once your order is received, and peak seasons have longer lead times. Therefore, the fastest way to receive your porch swing is to place an order as soon as possible. Once you submit your order, the building process will begin. We do not cut corners and rush through the necessary steps. We perform detailed quality assurance checks throughout the process to ensure that every swing meets the highest quality standards.

The Selection

After you’ve decided which porch swing design to buy, you’ll begin by choosing the type of wood for your swing. The standard wood options for porch swings are western red cedar, kiln-dried pine, or white oak. Bed swings are made from western red cedar unless specified otherwise. You’ll also get to select the length of the porch swing and the seat depth of the swing.

Once the wood is selected, the parts are fabricated by surfacing, ripping, sanding, routing, jointing, and assembled before moving on to the finishing stage.

We recommend buying a Georgia Swings brand hanging kit since they provide exceptional quality and stability. There is no need to worry about sagging bed swings with our high-quality rope kits.

Finishing the Swing

After preparing the wood and assembling the parts for the porch swing, we move on to the finishing stage. There are various stains and paints to choose from for your swing. More transparent and natural stain colors bring out the natural color of the wood you select; there are also darker stains, like Jacobean or Burnt Hickory. Also, you can choose a solid white or black paint finish for your swing.

If you’ve chosen a stain finish, you can select the clearcoat option, which will help protect the wood against UV rays and moisture. Adding more coats of clear urethane also makes a smoother finish. We recommend at least two urethane top coats if you want a stain finish on swings made from western red cedar.

Shipping and Receiving your Porch Swing

Custom shipping pallets are designed for each swing. The pallets are constructed of solid wood to provide a secure way of transporting your fully assembled swing across the United States. You will need a power drill with a standard Phillips drill bit and a T-25 drill bit to remove the screws and disassemble the pallet.

Final Thoughts

Georgia Swings brand swings are made in the United States. Therefore you can rest assured that these products are handcrafted with quality and integrity. So place your order today and begin enjoying the benefits of buying a custom porch swing.