Today's porch swings are not like they once were; they're made of thick,sturdy materials that are meant to accommodate more weight and more use. Let's be honest, the average person today weights more than the average person did ten to twenty years ago,so everything need to be sturdier to accommodate this. When looking at porch swings,make sure you mind the material from which it's made so you can choose one that is sturdy and reliable.
The material of porch swings are very important,but so is the cut and craftsmanship. If you purchase a cheap model from your local discount retailer,you'll probably get one with very thin slates,a thin chain that doesn't hold much weight,and that is to small in size as well. When shopping for porch swings check to see the thickness of the slats, the depth of the chair part, and the estimated weight of the chain as well. This will mean it can hold more weight and withstand more use,such as those children trying to swing it as high as it will go-or as high as mom and dad will allow.