man sits reading on a porch swing
Photo: Tria Giovan
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Create an Inviting Porch

1. Rustic Swing
Encourage guests and family members to sway on a slatted-wood porch swing. This one is hung with sturdy ropes, rather than chains, for a natural look. Make sure the rope is rated to hold at least 600 pounds, and check regularly for wear. For a step-by-step on safely hanging a porch swing using rope, 
go to June 2012.

Similar to shown: Great American Woodies Cypress Classic 5-foot porch swing, 
about $200; Hayneedle
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