With a deck extension currently in the works, we have been trying to find the best heavy duty porch swings suited to us oversized people. That is one with a high enough weight capacity and the heavy duty frame work to handle both myself and my partner without collapsing to the floor.
Being able to relax on a patio swing has been a great fear for me for as long as I can remember. Much like trying to relax in a hammock, it’s a daunting experience putting faith in such a flimsy looking item. Anybody remotely overweight or obese knows the feeling and it’s not a good one. This is enough for many big people to boycott such things as porch swing, hammocks, chairs and basically anything that could break under the heavier weight.
So whats the answer?. Do us heavier people not get to sit out on the deck and enjoy a relaxing book on the porch swing… Not me, I’m on the hunt to find the best oversized heavy duty porch swing. One which will fit in nicely with our wooden deck and can easily handle a couple of heavy people. So lets get into which ones we think are the best porch swings and hopefully you too can get your swing on too.
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Highwood is a premium brand and one we trust dearly. They also make products suitable to heavy people such as their outdoor rocker, which is simply amazing. So for matching furniture, buying this Highwood porch swing would be our safest bet. But there is only one problem… The 500 lbs weight capacity.
The Highwood 500 pound capacity is fine for one big person to use as a time, but in the chance you have two larger folks wanting a chilled out time at the same time. The weight limit may be a problem, that is unless you are both under 250 lbs of course. But we really do love this Highwood brand so it could also be used as a second swing as well.
What we like about the Highwood porch swing is that it’s ideal for outdoors weather conditions. The material is not actual real timber, therefor it wont rot and need additional paint work over the years. However the material is as close as you can get to resembling real wood, even the grains in the timber look real. This is same material Highwood uses at various Amusement parks across America to make walls resemble real wood without the hassle of maintenance and deterioration.
This swing also comes in a nice variety of colors, the color we like best is the Weathered Acorn as it will match our deck stain perfectly. But looks aside, these are the key features that pertain to being overweight. The depth of the seat is about 17-20 inches. Which is plenty deep enough to fit bigger backsides in without feeling like you’re going to tip over the front of the swing. Also suitable for taller people or people with long legs. The width of the seat is 64 inches and plenty wide enough for 2 people. There are 2 options available for chain length, either 4 foot or 5 foot. However, after reading many reviews, it’s recommended to treat yourself to a heavy duty porch swing spring set. Each of the springs has a 600 pound capacity rating for an even safer swing, but also gives the swing a bit of a gentle bounce.
Overall we are very pleased with what the Highwood porch swing offers. For some folks, the weight capacity may be too low or it may be just perfect. While the price tag is a little pricey, I have come to realize a long time ago that as a big Man, the higher quality products cost more. Especially if you want them to last longer than a week. The fact this porch swing is made by craftsmen in the USA (Pennsylvania) makes me believe this is a awesome heavy duty swing built to last.
I can just imagine relaxing under this covered swing as the sun goes down with a cool refreshing beverage. The high weight capacity for this porch swing is just ones of it’s draw cards. With a 750 Lbs rating according to the seller, me and my partner could easily fit into this large 60 inch wide seat. As it’s intended to be a 3 seater, I feel 2 plus size people could very comfortably fit into this swing without sitting on top of each other.
This porch swing by Mainstays has got quite a few reviews in regards to the heavy duty and strong construction by fellow heavy people. Which is very reassuring.
This Amish heavy treated porch swing has an impressive weight limit of 800 pounds. One of the highest we have seen and with such high quality. Made in the USA, this swing is stained to Cedar, but can easily be painted to the color of choice.
The noticeable features include a 8 foot solid chain. This may or may not be enough chain depending on the ceiling height of your porch. Additional chain is readily available if you need more. But whats even more impressive are the thick slats. They scream heavy duty boasting a inch thickness. Assuring me of a solid and reliable seating platform. The slats are not sharp either, they have been rounded to prevent injuries/splinters etc. It’s these kind of attention to detail features that make this porch swing stand out from the rest of the pure timber swings.
Rounding out this porch swing is the curved 58 inch wide seat. The front of the seat has a waterfall edge (rounded) and curved seat. This is a very ergonomic design typically found in office chairs for comfort and correct posture. The seat goes back a nice 19 inches which is deep enough for the big Man to sit on comfortably.
Overall, we believe this porch swing to be one of the best heavy duty swings available. The quality craftsmanship combined with the comfort settings are amazing. Add a heavy man weight capacity and we have a very good looking and performing porch swing.