In a Nutshell:
The Backyard Discovery Farmhouse Porch Swing is a good-looking, traditional farmhouse porch swing. Recommended for anyone whose tastes run to the homespun, and who’s looking for a good quality porch swing to enjoy.
Value for the Money
Do you live in a farmhouse? Do you admire and appreciate the homespun aesthetic, and most importantly, do you love the thought of adding a porch swing to your front porch so you can relax and enjoy those leisurely weekends?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this review is going to make you smile. Backyard Discovery is a good company that makes a wide range of backyard equipment ranging from playsets for children to bench-style seating to porch swings.
While the Backyard Discovery Farmhouse Porch Swing doesn’t support as much user weight as some of the other models you’ll find on the market, it is solidly above average, so if you’re looking for a high-weight capacity, porch swing, this one’s well worth a look.
In the sections that follow, we’ll tell you all about it, so you’ll be able to decide for yourself if this is the model you’ve been looking for. If that sounds good to you, let’s jump right in and see what it has to offer!
An Overview of the Backyard Discovery Porch Swing
Simple and delightful. That’s the first impression the Backyard Discovery Farmhouse Porch swing tends to give those who see it. It’s not a complicated design, but that’s part of its charm, and if your house has a country or farmhouse theme, then this swing is going to fit right in. Before we go any further, let’s take a quick look at some numbers:
The main thing to point out here is this swing’s obvious limitations compared to some other high weight capacity porch swings on the market. You can find some models that will support up to eight hundred pounds, so if you’re a heavier individual and you’re looking for a porch swing capable of properly supporting you and someone else, then one of the more solidly built models might be a better fit.
Even so, six hundred pounds is certainly nothing to sneeze at, and this swing will serve a broad swath of the big and tall market very well indeed.
Adjustability, Comfort, and Extras
There are no extras on offer here, and the only adjustable feature takes the form of being able to adjust the height of the Backyard Discovery Porch swing by changing which link of the chain is used to hang it wherever you decide to put it. As we said at the beginning, this is a simple design, so if you’re looking for cool extras or hidden features, other models will serve you better, like this one.
On the other hand, if you’re more interested in functionality and aesthetics, or if you’re on a budget and don’t want to pay a premium for those spiffy extras, then a swing like this is perfect.
Comfort-wise, it’s about what you’d expect from a wooden porch swing, but note that if you want to make it more comfortable, that’s easy to do. Just add a seat and or seatback pad of whatever thickness you desire, and you’re all set.
The drawback there is, of course, that you’d be covering up the natural beauty of the gorgeous cedar used in the swing’s construction. But if comfort matters more, that may be seen as an acceptable tradeoff.
Assembly is Required
Many of the porch swings on the market today come partially assembled. This one does not, which means you’ll have to spend slightly more time putting it together. That’s not the end of the world. The production quality is quite high, and all the pieces go together exactly as they should.
Even better, Backyard Discovery offers step by step support in the form of their interactive “Bilt” app, which will guide you through the process. It’s one of the best instruction sets we’ve ever seen, so kudos to Backyard Discovery for making the process simple and painless!
Pros and Cons of the Backyard Discovery Porch Swing
This is a very good chair. The construction quality is top-notch, and it is well-priced. It’s also largely a self-selecting chair with an aesthetic that won’t appeal to everyone. If you’re looking for a high weight capacity chair, then you’ll want to give at least some consideration to the fact that this swing supports 600 pounds. That’s pretty good, but there are porch swings that support more user weight. The main question here is, do you plan on swinging mostly by yourself or with someone sitting next to you?
If you’ll mostly be alone, then the six-hundred-pound weight limit is most likely fine. Still, depending on how much you weigh, if you want a partner in the swing with you, then one of the other high weight capacity models on the market would probably serve you better.
Final Thoughts: Backyard Discovery Farmhouse Porch Swing Review
We love the Backyard Discovery Farmhouse Porch Swing, but two factors are working against it in our view. The design aesthetic narrows its appeal somewhat, and the weight capacity isn’t best in class. Neither of those things may be deal-breakers for you, but because they’re there, we can only give this model a provisional recommendation. If you decide to buy one though, you’ll almost certainly love it.
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