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How Do I Choose the Best Porch Swing Cushion?

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A porch swing is a piece of outdoor furniture that is usually attached to the ceiling with chain or rope. Typically made of wood or metal, they can be made more comfortable with the addition of a porch swing cushion. Choosing the best porch swing cushion is also a matter of finding one that is aesthetically pleasing and will hold up to the rigors of time. It should also fit your porch swing properly.

Many porch swings come with a cushion provided, so if you are looking to replace a worn or damaged cushion, contacting the manufacturer of the swing is often a good place to start. The advantage of purchasing from the manufacturer is that you know for sure that the porch swing cushion will fit, and you might be able to purchase a more durable cushion if you upgrade. The manufacturer might not offer as many options as if you purchased the cushion separately, however.

One important factor to consider when purchasing a porch swing cushion is the exposure of your swing to the elements. For example, if you live in a rainy or humid environment, you will definitely want your cushion to be waterproof. Exposure to the sun can also affect a cushion, so consider lighter colors if you live in an area with a lot of sunlight. In some cases, purchasing a cushion cover can help.

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The firmness of the porch swing cushion is another important factor, and the better cushions will be made of high-grade foam that will stay firm over time, even if used frequently. Less expensive cushions are usually thinner and not as firm or comfortable. They may not be as well made, however, and if you put a lot of wear and tear on the porch swing or the porch swing cushion is frequently exposed to the elements, this can damage the cushions. Purchasing several cheaper cushions might be desirable.

Cushions come in many colors and designs, so matching the d├ęcor of your porch should not be a problem. You can easily find cushions with solid colors, floral patterns and specialized themes, such as an ocean or lakeside theme. If you want to spend a little extra money, some stores offer the choice of customized cushions, which can be a good option if you have a non-standard sized swing or just want to have a specialized look. Porch swing cushions are available online and in department stores, as well as garden stores and some hardware stores. If you purchase a cushion online, ensure that you have the proper measurements for your swing.

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Raynbow
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@talentryto- I think you can find a durable porch swing cushion these days, but you have to be extra careful when you are shopping for one. You may have to spend a little more money to get one that will last, too.

Several years ago, I found a very nice porch swing cushion at a lawn and patio store. It still looks great, and seems to be very durable.

Talentryto
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When I was growing up, my mother had a porch swing cushion that was made of a plastic material. It lasted for years, and never ripped or faded even after years of exposure to the weather and different seasons. I don't think outdoor cushions are made to last like that today.

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