Jack Post Jennings Unfinished Chain Hanging Porch Swing, 4-Feet

Last updated date: May 28, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4


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Overall Take

Anyone with a hammer and standard tool set can easily put together this swing. The finished product is smooth and comfortable even without padding. Well-placed slats and steel plates ensure that it remains stable as you sit. In our analysis of 90 expert reviews, the Jack Post Jack Post Jennings Unfinished Porch Swing, 4-Feet placed 2nd when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 29, 2020:
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Expert Summarized Score
0.0
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.4
939 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It features unfinished cypress and has a maximum weight capacity of 400 lbs.
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It is a 4 foot and accommodates a two-person sitting.
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The seat platform is smooth and comfortable even though it lacks padding.
- All Top Stuffs
With hardwood slats and reinforced steel plates at each corner, this piece of furniture provides the much-needed support and stability.
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People love that despite its low cost, this swing looks great and feels much more expensive than it is.
- Chosen Furniture
Don’t worry about assembling it. With just the standard tools like a hammer, pliers or screwdriver, you will set it up in minutes.
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What experts didn't like
400 lbs max capacity
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This Jack Post swing does require assembly.
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From The Manufacturer

Jack-Post Corporation is an industry in manufacturing outdoor furniture and Christmas tree stands, founded in 1964. We manufacture goods in Asia and Michigan. The company name, Jack-Post derives from a building column business that was sold in 2002. We’ve been manufacturing quality outdoor furniture since 1978. We also manufacture steel, welded, plastic and cast iron tree stands and tree accessories overseas and in Michigan. GREAT VALUE: At Jack-Post we wanted to provide a safe, functional swing at a great price. Our Jennings swing is made from hardwood. We adhered steel reinforcement plates at the corners to provide additional stability and support. This product is engineered and marketed by a USA based corporation founded in 1964. This swing is sanded and ready for you to stain, paint or leave as is! This is a great value whether you are using it for only decor or to relax in after a long day. WARRANTY-We stand behind our products and offer a one year warranty on our Jennings swing. If you are missing a part or receive a broken piece, contact our Customer Service department at 800-800-4950. We are here to help! Our customer service is USA based with parts replacement support in the USA. We provide support in English-Spanish -French M-F 8am-8pm EST. DETAILS: Our 4' swing is tested up to 400 lbs and holds up to 2 people. Chains included. We recommend hanging on a porch or on a swing frame for 4' swings. We do not recommend hanging from tree branches. To extend the life of the swing, use under a covered porch or area away from direct exposure to weather. Assembled dimensions: 49.25 X 21.75 X 17.75 swing

An Overview On Porch Swings

Is there any piece of furniture that says “lazy Sunday” more effectively than a good porch swing? For hundreds of years, they’ve been a staple on the most inviting porches. They’re beloved by all ages, from grandparents enjoying a morning coffee to toddlers on the lookout for a good swing (and even sleepy pets).

Before you consider buying a porch swing, take a good look at your porch. Size is going to be a big consideration, and you’ll want to make sure the swing isn’t too wide for the space. One you’ve measured the dimensions of your space, take a look overhead. While most outdoor porches are built with enough support to handle a swing, that isn’t always the case. Look for a load bearing ceiling beam, and when in doubt, consult with your builders.

Don’t have a secure ceiling, or any ceiling at all? You’re not necessarily out of luck. Some swings come with their own support structure, although this type usually requires a little more space. Some types even come with their own covering to protect you from the elements, giving you that porch swing feel without the need for an actual porch.

Next up, take a look at the materials. Ideally, you’re going to want a porch swing that will last as long as the porch itself. Cheap swings might give you a few months of leisure, but they can rot in inclement weather and get unappealing very quickly — or dangerously insecure.

If you live in a California climate, you might be able to make do with some form of softwood like pine or cedar. Swings made from this type of wood can be very comfortable and have a great look to them, but make sure they’re treated with some type of weather-resistant coating. Even light rains can eventually wear down this type of wood.

Hardwood like oak or acacia will give you a classic look while being a bit more resistant to harsh weather. You should still make sure the wood is treated, but these materials will scratch less and are harder to dent. They’re also heavier, making them less prone to move around on high winds. (It may be a concern for hanging on lighter structures, however.) No matter what type of wood you choose, you’ll probably have to re-varnish it periodically to keep up its looks. Check the product specs for proper care procedures.

On the other side of the weight spectrum is wicker. This material has a distinctive look that matches the look of older houses perfectly. Older wicker chairs can be subject to fraying or chipping, but there are newer resin wicker chairs that can stand up to weather and regular use much more effectively. Either way, they’re very light, which makes them ideal for less windy areas or thinner ceilings.

If you’re less concerned about an “authentic” look, recycled plastic chairs offer a very good mix of durability and style. Depending on how well they’re constructed, they can pass for painted wood at a distance, and they’re much more resistant to the elements. In most cases, you can simply wipe them clean with a cloth periodically — no weather treatment required.

Finally, there are metal porch swings made of aluminum or wrought iron. Needless to say, you’ll want to buy cushions for this type of swing if they’re not already provided. For defense against dents and scratching, it’s hard to beat this material, though you may want to go for a but of extra rust-proofing in especially harsh climates.

Now what about the size? The default porch swing can handle two people, which means it will be from 3 to 5 feet in length. If space is a concern, there are 2-foot chairs available for solo swinging. If you want to bring the whole family aboard, look for a swing at least 6 feet in length (and a porch with the structure to accommodate it).

DWYM Fun Fact

The front porch feels like a uniquely American part of the home, and for the most part, it is. They came to be a part of many homes in the 19th century and were a popular place for neighbors to gather until the presence of sewers and traffic outside the front of the house made them less popular after the 1920’s. Today, they’ve made somewhat of a comeback in rural homes as communities are planned with an eye towards engagement and openness.

The Porch Swing Buying Guide

As with any outdoor furniture, maintenance is going to be important. If you hear squeaks or sense any tilting, check for loose bolts or weak links in the support chain. Many hardware stores or swing manufacturers can provide you with replacement materials on both.

Wood swings will need a little extra TLC. Painted swings can easily be restored with a fresh coat, but make sure its a weather-safe type that will bond to the wood type. Teak, cedar and other softwoods can be treated with sealants that preserve its natural color, but use a treatment that’s designed for your swing. Teak oil and other varnishes that work well for indoor fixtures can hamper the production of natural oils in your wood, making it less resistant to mildew.