Give An Old Porch Swing New Luster – Choosing the Right Swing Cushion

When you approach someone’s home, you always notice the beautiful scenery, right? As you ascend the stairs toward the front door, take note of that rustic porch swing, and imagine yourself sipping iced tea, and taking in the day. But, if that swing, in all of its inviting qualities has an old, torn cushion, suddenly that daydream comes crashing down, doesn’t it?

When selecting the perfect cushion for your porch swing, there are several options, and the right choice can transform the appearance of your entire front porch. First and foremost, remember that the swing is there for your benefit, regarding both your own relaxation and the relaxation of guests that come to visit. To avoid unsightly cushions, you must take into account the weather that your swing will be subject to, as well as the amount of use it will endure. The selection of the proper cushion should always be an integral part in your porch swing plans.

So, let’s take a brief look at some of the cushion fabric options, and how they may greatly improve the ambience of your front or back porch.

  • Textiline Vinyl

Textiline Vinyl utilizes an “open weave” design that acts as a meshing. When the cushion gets wet, as it always will whether through rain or spillage, the moisture passes through the cushion quickly. The drainage quality of the material allows for a greater evaporation rate, thus greatly reducing mildewing and mold. When considering the purpose of your porch swing, this is a contingency that should always be considered.

  • Shade Vinyl

Utilizing PVC coated polyester, much in the same design as the previously mentioned Textiline, Shade Vinyl offers similar durability. The weaves are much tighter than their counterpart, but it should be mentioned that this material isn’t always the best fabric choice for porch swing use.

  • Olefin

If a soft fabric is what you’re after, you may have found it in Olefin. The material is exceptional in resisting mildew and staining. Further, it holds up quite well against snags and tears. The soft and durable nature of this particular option makes it a favorite of many porch swing enthusiasts, and you may find it to be perfect for you, as well.

  • Acrylic

If thunderstorms spring up in a hurry in your neck of the woods (i.e. the Southeast or Texas), you may want to consider an Acrylic material for your porch swing cushions. It holds up well against rain and inclement weather. Further, it doesn’t stain easily, all without sacrificing comfort. This soft fabric can hold up quite well against anything you may throw at it.

  • Polyester

Staying on our comfort motif, Polyester is a very flexible material for cushion use. Preferred because it is also quite soft, Polyester does come with a single drawback. Should you choose to use Polyester for your swing cushions, try and find a cushion with the pattern woven into the fabric, not directly printed on it.

  • Spun Polyester

If you love the feel of cotton, this may be the perfect selection for your needs. With a touch and appearance much like that of cotton, cushions of this fabric do not snag, fade, shrink, or lint. In fact, the absorption rate is very similar to cotton, and the durability is quite desirable.

The aesthetic look of your porch swing hinges on the season. You may want to inquire about cushions that utilize patterns, stripes, and solids. In the fall, try some deeper colors, especially oranges and reds. When summer comes, look into bright colors like blues, yellows, and greens. In this regard, never leave out the holidays! There are many cushions in patterns and designs that can accentuate your porch, adding to your decorative style. It’s your save haven, so make sure it pleases you!

So, when you’re considering the type of cushion you’d like, whether it involves the previously mentioned materials available or not, ask yourself these questions:

1) What Weather Will The Fabric Endure?

When you invest in cushions for your porch swing, remember the climate that you live in. This obviously won’t require much research, but having the proper weather resistant materials can save you money and keep your cushions looking new year-round. Further, remember that if it regularly rains, you’ll want cushions that are less likely to mildew.

2) What Appearance Do You Want Your Swing To Have?

When someone walks onto your porch, remember that they’ll see your porch swing immediately. Choose color patterns that work well with your home.

3) Does The Quality Meet My Needs?

You don’t want to invest in cushions only to have them tear or fray easily. Choose those using quality stitching techniques.

4) What Are My Swing’s Dimensions?

If you get cushions that are much larger or smaller than the swing, it can severely affect the comfort level of those using it. Remember, take measurements and choose a cushion slightly smaller than those dimensions.

5) How Easy Will The Cushion Be To Maintain?

You’ll want to clean your cushions at some point to avoid buying new ones every time they get dirty (and they will!), so make sure you get those that are washer safe. If they are large, find those with removable and washable covers.

So, remember this information when selecting a porch swing cushion. If it’s comfortable, it’ll get the use you hoped for, and guests will find it enjoyable. It’ll be bright, complimentary, and durable. Do your research, take good measurements, and you’ll be enjoying your porch swing in no time!

About the Author:

Jay Chua publishes, a website featuring reviews and commentary on many porch swing topics including, but not limited to, wooden porch swing design, selecting the right porch swing pads, and product explanations. In addition to his interest in swings, Jay is also an accomplished gardener and outdoor man.