Garden Design Ideas / October 1, 2018 / Charlotte Mcneely.
When considering the purchase or construction of a swings/gliders, you will need to decide what kind of construction material you prefer. One of the best options is teak, wood that is beautiful, durable, and extremely resistant to the wear and tear of weather and the elements.
Why Choose Teak?
Teak is extremely resistant to rot and deterioration, making it a nearly ideal material for swings and gliders that will a located outdoors. The natural color of teak ranges from golden to more of creamy cocoa, and depending on your personal preference you can protect it with a sealer, so it maintains that color or allow it to weather naturally to a lovely silvery grey.gliders and swings guide
Teak Swing Design Options
You have many design choices when it comes to a teak swing. You can vary the depth of the seat, the height and slat orientation of the place back, and decide how many people the swing will seat. Most designs accommodate up to three people, but some can an extended to a seating capacity of four people with sufficient structural reinforcements.
Another consideration is the seat shape and functionality of the seat back. For example, the most comfortable swings have a slightly curved place, but the amount of curve varies from design to design. Also, some swings have seatbacks that recline somewhat, giving a user the option of sitting more upright or leaning back. Some people find this very comfortable while others find it a bit disconcerting to be leaning back while in a swing.
Your best bet is to find a local retailer or patio furniture store that sells teak swings so that you can sit down and try out the various designs. Don’t be shy about swinging, relaxing, and putting the different pieces of equipment through their paces. Use them, in the same manner; you plan to use the swing on your front porch so that you know what it will feel like and what design options you prefer.
- A teak swing can an installed in two different ways. The first is using the traditional method of hanging the swing from the roof joists of the porch, and the second is using a self-supporting teak swing and frame to suspend the swing.
- Hanging from the roof joists of a porch evokes strong visions of a peaceful summer evening spent sipping a cold drink and sharing conversation with a friend or loved one. Installing the swing under the shelter of a porch means it can a used in inclement weather as well as fair weather, and many a swing lover will tell you how lovely it is to swing while enjoying a summer rainstorm.
A self-supporting frame is a great installation option if you do not have access to roof joists or if you want to install the swing somewhere other than directly on the porch. For example, some people like to put their rhythm in a garden area or under a favorite tree. With a frame installation, you can set the swing just about anywhere, and the frame itself can be made to look decorative and visually appealing.
Glider vs. Swing
Another option to consider is a teak glider rather than a suspended teak swing. A plane is a bench that a mounted on a mechanical glider base that allows it to move back and forth smoothly and gently. Gliders typically require less space than a swing, and they are easier to move around to different locations. Some bench manufacturers offer custom glider kits that make it possible to convert a standard stationary bench into a sturdy glider. Whether you ultimately choose a plane or a swing, you are bound to spend many enjoyable hours in your new piece of outdoor furniture.