In this guide we’ll look at the best garden swing seats for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, durability, comfort and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Garden Swing Seat?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Relaxing, comfortable seat with rain and sun cover
This Kingfisher Hardwood Garden Swing Seat Hammock is made from solid wood and comes with a seat cushion and canopy. The canopy protects from rain and provides shade cover in the sun. The seat has enough space for two people and is very sturdy. It provides a gentle, relaxing swing.
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More Detailed Garden Swing Seat Reviews
Kingfisher Hardwood Garden Swing Seat Hammock Review
This beautiful Kingfisher Hardwood Garden Swing Seat Hammock is both stylish and practical.
If you’re looking for a way to relax in the garden in style, without breaking the bank, look no further than this fantastic best garden swing seat.
The frame is made from solid wood, and a seat cushion and canopy come included.
The canopy is made from waterproof fabric, keeping the bench and cushion dry in case of a sudden downpour. It fastens with Velcro making it hassle free to remove when required.
If you are lucky enough to be sitting outside on a sunny day (it can happen!) the canopy also provides great shade cover.
This garden swing seat is easy to put together, though you will need at least two people and a couple of hours. The instructions are clear, and the fittings are all placed in separate packages.
They’re grouped for each stage of assembly which helps be certain that you’re using the right parts. I would recommend treating this swing with teak oil or a waterproof sealer to extend its life.
Once assembled, this garden swing seat looks great in the garden and is really sturdy.
It has a nice high back and is very comfortable to sit on. There’s enough space for two people, and you’ll love sitting out in the garden enjoying its gentle, relaxing swing.
Blenheim 3 Seat Garden Swing Seat Hammock Review
This Blenheim 3 Seat Garden Swing Seat Hammock is a contemporary and modern take on the traditional swing seat.
It has an attractive design with swirling sculptural elements and no sharp corners.
The frame is made from dark brown heavy-duty powder-coated steel for a long life. The seat is made from Textaline, which is woven and weatherproof. It’s also very comfortable to sit on.
The sunshade fits in with the rest of the seat with a contemporary curved design. It’s adjustable and made from heavy-duty showerproof fabric.
The swing easily seats three people and, whilst it doesn’t come with cushions, the fabric seats are comfortable as they are. You could always bring cushions out from the house if you wanted.
The garden swing seat is easy to put together and comes with all the fixings and tools required. It will take two people around half an hour to put together.
The swing has rubber feet so you can also place it on a patio as they will stop it from sliding.
Once assembled the garden swing seat looks attractive and feels very sturdy and comfortable to relax in.
Churnet Valley Wooden Garden Swing Seat Hammock Review
This Churnet Valley Wooden Garden Swing Seat Hammock will add beautiful rustic charm to your garden.
Regardless of whether your outdoor space is more contemporary or traditional, the classic design of this swing seat comfortably works with both.
The frame is made from sustainably-sourced pressure-treated Swedish redwood which is extremely long lasting. And the hanging seat chains are just as sturdy; they are galvanised and rust proof.
This garden swing does not come with cushions; however, the curved wooden slats make it very comfortable and it will easily seat two people.
For me, this is one of the best garden swing seats; it is hand crafted in the UK by a small family business who ensure great quality and value for money.
Jarder Two Seater Garden Swing Seat Hammock Review
This stylish Jarder Two Seater Garden Swing Seat Hammock has an innovative and spacious design.
It allows you to adopt a reclining position so you can literally ‘put your feet up’. It even comes with built-in drinks trays on either side of the seat – an invitation to relax if ever I saw one!
The textaline seat is malleable and comfortable, and there are built in headrests which mould you into the most comfortable position.
The design allows you to lie down comfortably with a book, or a glass of wine and just take some well-deserved time out.
The frame is made from heavy-duty steel and the fabric is weather resistant – another extremely pleasing point in this seat’s favour: it’s maintenance free!
The fabric canopy provides shade in the heat of midday and is easily attached with Velcro strips.
This garden swing seat is easy to construct with two people, and you can simply wipe the seat clean to bring it up as good as new.
Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Swing Seat
There’s nothing quite as lovely as sitting in the garden on a warm summer’s day.
For the ultimate in comfort and luxury, forget those upright chairs and hard wooden benches and invest in a gorgeous swing seat.
Garden swing seats provide comfort and relaxation. The often create shade as well, thanks to their canopy frames, protecting you from the heat of the day.
So, let’s make sure you get the best garden swing seat possible, right? I’ve put together the following advice to help you know what to look out for:
Now, I think it’s fair to say that when it comes down to design, many things will be personal taste. But there are certainly a few things that it’s worth being aware of so that you don’t miss out on the swing chair of your dreams!
Did you know, for example, that swing seats are not always limited to just two people? The classic designs are generally suited to two adults, but there are models which can seat up to four people or more. Of course, these become much bigger and more expensive enterprises, but you should certainly have a look into them if you’re interested!
A choice that you will definitely have to make, is whether you want an upright or reclining design. Some swing seats are best described as swinging benches – upright, structured and straight forward. If correct posture is important to you, and you like having a straight backrest, these classic designs will allow you to sit comfortably in the garden for hours.
Other designs give you the possibility to lie down in them and rest your legs up. With these options you can either sit with your legs out straight, or crossed-legged. Some people prefer this more relaxed seating position, but it’s not comfortable for everyone.
When swing seats come with headrests included it’s a great indication that they will be very comfortable. You can always bring your own cushions out from the house, of course, but it’s a bonus to have these features included – they are usually Velcroed or secured in place, meaning they won’t slip.
Finally, consider how important the function of the canopy is to you. Most swing seats have some form of canopy, because it forms part of the frame to hold the seat up. However, not all canopies are created equal.
If you’re really keen to have something that will protect you from the weather, keeping the seat dry in the event of a sudden downpour, make sure the canopy is waterproof. An added bonus will be if the canopy has SPF protection.
It can be easy to forget about tedious things like weight capacity when we get caught up in the fun idea of a new accessory for the garden; however, I’m afraid I’m also here to mention the boring logistics, not just the fun possibilities!
Some swing seats have surprising low weight allowances -it’s always a good idea to check with the manufacturer before you make a purchase, just to be 100% sure.
On the other hand, there are plenty of swing seats that can be used with no cause for concern. Logically, the more people the swing chair has been designed to seat, the higher the weight capacity should be.
Some designs have a particularly generous weight capacity, like the Blenheim Garden Swing Seat Hammock which can take up to 200 kg. Split across three people, this would allow for an average weight of 66 kg per person.
If you’re worried about safety, you may feel reassured to get a swing seat which states a higher capacity. Also, do bear in mind that if the swing seat is consistently used at its upper weight capacity limit, it may not last as long.
Choose from wooden frames or metal frames depending on what suits your garden best.
Most garden swing seat frames are made from powder-coated steel for durability, and these will also be resistant to rust.
Wooden framed seats are usually made from durable and sustainable woods. If you are particularly conscious about wood sustainability, make sure the wood is FSC certified. Wood that is FSC certified has come from a forest that has been approved and confirmed to meet high environmental and social standards.
If your wooden swing seat has been pressure treated, it will be well protected against rot and insects for several years. After a few years, or if it has not been pressure treated, you will need to apply wood treatment yourself. This should be done every year to preserve the life of the wood.
Powder-coated steel frames are the least maintenance. Pressure-treated wood follows, and then untreated wood. That said, you will only need to treat the wood occasionally.
Some of the products in the list below feature Textaline seats. This material is comfortable to sit on and also maintenance free.
Garden Swing Seat FAQs
Store it away if possible.
If your swing seat is too large to store, you can buy covers to protect your garden swing seat from wet weather. If you can’t find one to fit your model, you can usually cover them with a tarpaulin through the winter months. You should also make sure your garden swing seat is protected from wind as they can become damaged if they get blown over. Either move your garden swing seat to a sheltered are or secure it with ground anchors or heavy-duty pegs.
If your garden swing seat is made from wood that has not been pressure treated, you should treat it yearly with a couple of coats of teak oil or a waterproof sealer.
You can place your swing seat either on your patio or your lawn.
If you buy a steel-framed swing seat make sure that it has rubber stoppers on the ends of the legs. This will stop it slipping on paving.
You could even place a swing seat in a conservatory, or move it in there for the winter months.
Yes. If you have a wooden swing seat, you should clean it with a sponge and warm, soapy water. This is especially important to do before storing it away over winter. If you don’t clean it, mould may spread and grow over the winter months. Avoid using a pressure washer as this could damage the wood and make matters worse.
You can use a gentle pressure washer or a sponge and warm, soapy water to clean a steel swinging seat. It’s always better to opt for the gentler cleaning option first as this will cause less damage. It may well be all it needs.