10 best garden swings for adults for ultimate relaxation this summer 2024

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Garden Swings for Adults

by Piper Huxley |
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The best garden swing is a recommended purchase to add to your existing collection of garden furniture. Our gardens are a sanctuary, a happy place, and you can enjoy your hard work by adding a unique seating area to the mix with a selection of the best garden swings for adults. They make a great alternative to a traditional garden chair, adding a picturesque spot to reflect and recuperate.

Garden swings are ever-popular garden furniture. As a hanging structure, a garden swing can seat one, two, or three people. So, they’re perfect for a bit of alone time – or ideal for a day of shared relaxation with a loved one. No matter the weather, a garden swing can provide the ultimate comfy and shady spot in your garden, and there are plenty of different types and options to suit any taste or style.

Best garden swing chairs for adults at a glance

• Best overall: Outsunny 3 Seater Swing Seat - View on Robert Dyas
• Best swing set for style: Aaminah Newmarket Swing Seat - View on Wayfair
• Best hanging chair swing: Swafford Double Hanging Chair - View on Wayfair

One of the greatest joys of having a garden is that it’s ready-made to relax in, and a seat that sways as it supports is especially soothing. Cooler temperatures aren’t such an issue when you’re cocooned within the cosy confines of a framed swing seat, hanging egg chair, macramé cradle or padded hammock. And as long as you take a blanket out into the garden with you, the reassuringly rhythmical motion means that a sneaky snooze in the warming afternoon sun is always an option!

There are quite a few different types of garden swings for adults so we've rounded up the best on the market so you can get in the swing of things without a care in the world. Make sure to scroll down to where we've answered your questions and included a guide to the different garden swings on offer.

Best garden swing chairs for adults UK

Best overall

Aaleyah Swing Seat with StandRobert Dyas
Price: £210.99 (was £241.99)


From Outsunny comes this cream-coloured porch swing. Constructed with a durable metal frame and high-quality PVC-coated polyester fabric. Durable, UV-resistant and easy to clean, the swing seat comes complete with two foldable side tables - perfect for the latest issue of Modern Gardens Magazine or some light garden reading. Plus, the top of the swing is adjustable, so you can control the amount of shade you have. Now, relax...

Customer review: "The swing seat is just what we wanted. It took two of us to build it - the instructions were very clear. We just want some lovely weather so that we can use it."


  • Stylish
  • Swings smoothly
  • Padded seats for comfort
  • Durable design


  • Assembly is required

Best swing set for style

Aaminah Swing SeatSol 27 Outdoor/Wayfair
Price: £219.99 (was £259.99)


Available in sophisticated grey, this stylish Aaminah Swing Seat with a canopy is a delight. With such glowing reviews, this garden swing for adults comes complete with cushions. Regarding assembly, this swing set comes partially assembled - but includes useful assembly tools and takes around an hour to put together.

Customer review: "Beautifully designed to be a good looking comfortable swing seat suitable for any garden. Compact enough for small gardens but large enough for two people to sit easily side by side. Comfortable cushions and a well placed canopy to give shade when the sun shines. It was easy to assemble by one person and came complete with everything needed. Very pleased with our purchase and look forward to gently swinging through summer."


  • Good value
  • Solid
  • Cushions included


  • Partial-assembly

Best hanging chair swing

Costway swing seat Costway/Amazon
Price: £51.99 (was £94.99)


Hanging out in the garden? This boho-style seat is just the thing for lazing on Sunday afternoons or getting a moment's peace on a misty Monday morning. With space for two, you can adorn it with your favourite outdoor pillows for a delightful swinging spot. Plus, it can support up to 320kg.

Customer review: "[I] placed a few lovely cushions on it …it's really quirky and comfy …I love it."


  • Comfy
  • Bang on trend
  • Sturdy


  • Stand not included

Best for that summer feeling all year round

With its suave grey fabric and handsome steel frame, this swing seat will bring a little summer joy to even the darkest day. With room for three, the swing comes with cushioning and an adjustable shade for comfort. We particularly love that the whole thing can be dismantled so you can store it away in the depths of winter and bring it out again for the sunshine.

Customer review: "Excellent quality garden swing seat. Easy to assemble, although really needs two people. The cushion could do with more padding, but I actually wasn't expecting one, so makes for better value. I'm not sure that it is big enough for three adults - would be a bit cosy. it is fairly light so easy to move around the garden. The family love it."


  • Can be dismantled for storage
  • Attractive design
  • Adjustable shade
  • Easy to put together


  • Maximum weight not specified

Best bench swing

Arianna Swing SeatGeorge Oliver/Wayfair
Price: £169.99 (was £189.99)


This Arianna Swing Seat from Wayfair not only fits in your space, but it fits in your budget. The heavy-duty chains provide strong and substantial support. Enjoy your leisure time with no worries. Simple, stylish and practical, this swing set is a no-brainer if you've got a strong tree branch or space on your porch to give it a home. Put some pillows on it, too.

Customer review: "Live on this beautiful swing. We've had it two years now and even though I use it multiple hours a day there is no damage or sign of wear and tear yet."


  • Pretty
  • Budget-friendly
  • Lasts a while


  • Need strong branch or porch beam

Best three-seater swing

Charles Taylor Dorset Three-Seat-SwingRobert Dyas
Price: £499.99 (was £691.99)


A great addition to your outdoor space is this three-seater swinging seat and arbour from Charles Taylor. With three seats, a lovely red finish and a pretty canopy, this Charles Taylor Dorset Three-Seat-Swing could be the ideal sport for getting a moment's peace. Plus, this delightful seater comes with waterproof cushions and a waterproof cover - extra protection from the elements. Made from FSC-approved timber - which has been treated with preservatives - and galvanised zinc bolting, this seat is durable and made to last. Come rain, or come shine.

Customer review: "Lovely swing, glad I went for the three-seater, long enough to lie on too, great that it comes with two cushions, the driver that delivered it Built it too, good communication with the delivery date. Would definitely buy from you again."


  • Stylish
  • Durable
  • FSC approved
  • Three-seater
  • Assembly service included


  • Low seat

Best rustic swing seat

Outsunny 2 Seater Garden Canopy Swing BenchB&Q
Price: £409.99


Simple, elegant and rustic, this Outsunny 2 Seater Garden Canopy Swing Bench could be the perfect companion to a summer's day. With a wooden canopy attached, it's ideal for any garden and any household. The angle of the oversized canopy top can be tilted so you are shaded on even the warmest days. Pop the Outsunny 2 Seater Swing Seat at the bottom of your garden or on your decking - it goes anywhere. Plus, it's made from FSC-certified durable pine that has a protective paint covering.


  • Rustic Canopy
  • Sturdy
  • FSC-Certified Wood


  • Self-assembly

Best on a budget

VonHaus hanging chair VonHaus /Amazon
Price: £26.99

If you've got a strong branch in the garden, why not turn this into your new favourite spot in the garden? This hanging chair is laidback, comfortable, and steady - holding up to 120kg. We love the unique, nautical design - especially the stripy fabric. This would look great in your garden.

Customer review: "Very comfortable and value for money! Nice and thick fabric with strong ropes and a well-made timber crossbar. Easy to fold/put in a bag and not heavy to carry. I took it with me to the lakeside and enjoyed it. It comes with two cushions but not with the hangers. Positively recommended!"


  • Bang on trend
  • No assembly required
  • Indoor or outdoor


  • No hanging fixings

Best swing set for small spaces

Arianna Swing Seat with StandGeorge Oliver/Wayfair

Crafted from solid wood with teak oil, this Arianna Swing Seat with Stand from Wayfair offers a natural, unfinished look with slatted details along with the seat and back for a touch of classic charm. Set this on your patio, decking or flat lawn for a scintillating spot to relax in your outdoor sanctuary. Stylish, this swing set would look even better with some pillows.

Customer review: "My favourite addition to my outdoor patio. Incredibly sturdy, and fits most bench-sized cushions. Love it."


  • Spacious seat
  • Adjustable chain
  • Built to last


  • Assembly required

Best for cushioning

Amazonas Fat HammockRobert Dyas

If taking a nap in the garden is more your speed, this is the more comfortable hammock for the job. Made of top-quality, weatherproof soft material that can be used on either side, it's thick and soft for optimal relaxation. Not to mention, the highly durable Agora cover is exceptionally light-resistant, proof against mildew, insensitive to dirt and easy to clean.


  • Soft and well padded
  • Safe from the elements
  • Easy to clean


  • No customer reviews

How we chose the best garden swings for adults

All of these garden swings for adults have been hand-selected by our team of Modern Gardens shopping experts. We carefully considered size, power, and functionality in our selection of the best. Our team has spent hours investigating and researching garden swings to make it easier for you to find the very best, and we'd never recommend a product we don't believe in.

Where possible, we also test and share the latest and best products you should know about. And with help from Modern Gardens Magazine, Garden News and Garden Answers, we share expert gardening knowledge to help you get the most from your product.


What types of garden swings are there?

Framed swing seats

framed swing
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Modern Gardens Editor, Emma Kendell, says, "These trad pieces of garden furniture are getting a makeover, and there are some stunning modern versions coming onto the market. These are a better option if you’ve got a young family, as they’re much easier to get in and out of and generally sit lower to the ground than hanging egg chairs. They’re great for sharing with friends too, when an egg chair might feel a tad too cosy! Many have in-built shades, which is handy if you’ve got a sun-baked plot. You’ll find designs made from wood or metal, often coated for protection.

"Some have plush cushions, but do check the small print as, if they’re not marked as all-weather or shower-resistant, you’ll have to bring them inside at the slightest glimpse of a shower. Outdoor-proof cushions are also more resistant to fading and easier to keep clean.

"If practicality is your primary purpose, then look for Textilene mesh fabric, made from woven polyester, which is extremely durable and water resistant."

Stylish egg chairs

Egg chairs
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"Available in one, two and even three-seater designs, egg chairs provide a secluded haven suspended above the ground," says Emma. "If you want to be able to leave your chair outside, look for a steel (usually powder-coated or painted with scratch-resistant paint to prevent rusting) or stainless-steel frame wrapped in synthetic polyrattan. This is far more durable than natural rattan or beautiful bamboo, which are better kept indoors over winter.

"Be practical when it comes to the stand too. Some are made from wood and while they look fab, you’ll need to treat them with oil or preservative if they’re to last, and they’re heavy to move around.

"Most chairs come with padded made-to-measure cushions that fit perfectly inside, but they’re typically not weatherproof. If you want to be able to nip out to enjoy your egg chair without any faff at this time of year, then it’s worth looking for a model with a matching zip-up cover. While cushions stored long-term inside a cover run the risk of getting mouldy, they’ll be fine for a week or two at a time."

Boho macrame cradles

boho macrame seat
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"With the boho trend back and bigger than ever, there are plenty of knotted hanging seats on the market, shared Emma. "Typically made of polycotton rope woven over metal or plastic hoops, they’ll happily last a few seasons in your garden. Be aware that if they’re left to get wet too often, that lovely ecru fringing will get a green tinge!

"Do check out the maximum loading before you buy, as that’s often less than you think, particularly on double-seater options. And think about where you’ll hang it. We don’t all have the luxury of a sizeable tree, and many pergolas aren’t sturdy enough to cope with the momentum of a swing seat as well as the weight of its occupants. If you’re unsure, then choosing a seat that spreads the weight over two hanging points rather than one is wise, or buying a double swing seat and using it for one person can be a workable solution. You’ll need to buy suitable attachments too – search ‘swing hooks’ on Amazon for all sorts of options, including sleeves to protect tree branches."

Snug padded hammocks

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"While we think of hammocks as summer loungers, says Emma, "there are plenty of robust models that put a thick layer of warm padding between you and the chilly air beneath you. And hammocks are a handy option for this time of year as it’s quick to hang one up as and when you fancy.

"Most garden hammocks are spreader bar, also called American hammocks, and these have a block or bar at each end to evenly space out the supporting ropes. The material of the hammock remains open, which makes it much easier for you to get in and out of than a classic hammock without this bar.

"Do check what they’re made from: most man-made fabrics are weatherproof, UV-resistant and can safely be left outside if it’s not raining without too much worry, but natural materials are more likely to need storing indoors when they’re not in use.

"Don’t have perfectly placed trees or strong fence posts to hang your hammock on? You’ll need a hammock stand, which has the advantage that you can move it wherever you want, whether that’s chasing the sun or finding a shady spot. Wooden stands will need regular treatment to prevent rotting and are heavier to move, but look attractive, while metal is lighter and more durable. If space is at a premium, look for a folding stand that’s easy to store."

What do I need to think about when shopping for a garden swing for adults?

Size – Think about the size of your garden. How much space do you have? Just enough for a simple egg chair – or massive three-seater wooden structure? Think about your household, too. If you’re a lover of alone time, it’s worth looking at smaller, chicer garden swings to fit your independent lifestyle. We’ve made sure to include a variety in our listicle.

Assembly – If you’ve got the chops for assembling a garden swing, by all means, go for it. However, some of these garden swings may arrive flat-packed. Advice from Modern Gardens: make sure you check first before you order. Next, don’t panic. Hopefully, the instructions will be clear enough, and you’ll have a functioning swing in no time.

Maintenance – Different swings will require different amounts of maintenance.

If possible, cushions from your garden swing will need to be removed during colder months. You want to preserve the comfiness for summer. If not, you can always find a cover.

Next, wood can get damaged by harsh weather conditions. So, your wooden garden swing may need to be topped up with varnish for extra protection – or covered up during those months.

Similarly, metal is also vulnerable to harsher weather, namely corrosion. Get a cover.

Where is best to place my garden swing?

Finding the perfect spot for your new garden swing is going to be paramount to your peace. Luckily, Modern Gardens writer Jules Barton-Beck has helped us think about placement.

Firstly, think of your surroundings. What’s around you? Do you like to escape from the outside world? Is your main priority your safety? On this, Jules says: “Feeling safe is a prerequisite for feeling happy, so sitting your seating area in a spot that subconsciously helps you to feel secure is a must.” If you feel similarly, she suggests putting your seating area in front of a wall or fence.

Secondly, you should consider which part of your garden gets sun during the day. Getting some well-needed sun is great for your well-being as it can boost your happy hormone levels. Jules says: “Positioning your happy haven in a spot that catches the sun first thing means that you can benefit from this feel-good surge at the start of your day as you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.” Sounds like bliss. Even better, it will be shaded later in the day when the sun is at its hottest.

Lastly, think about what you can see, your view. If you’re partial to a peaceful morning cuppa in the garden, make sure your new seating area can see your blooming flowers or a scintillating water feature. Jules says: “Some people feel calmer when they have the entrance to a space within view, so they’re always aware of who and what else is also there. Others feel more content when their view is restricted, and they’re not distracted by everything else that’s happening around them.”

Ultimately, it’s up to you.

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Piper Huxley is a Homes, Garden and Wellness Product Writer for Modern Gardens Magazine, an all-rounder. When she’s not writing about houseplants, she’s tending to her own growing collection.

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