Swing into Spring

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There’s no better way to celebrate the return of warm weather than in the backyard, deck or porch—soaking in the warm sunshine with a cool drink in hand. Charleston-based Vintage Porch Swings specializes in this form of relaxation with its handcrafted bed swings, perfect for the porch or sunroom as well as for indoor living spaces.

“Families love to have a bed swing outdoors,” says marketing and sales director Mark Reamer. “There’s nothing like being outside, relaxing with a good book or family board game.”

This year, the company has launched its seventh bed swing design, the Noah, named after founder Brent McHenry’s seventh child. “The Noah has quickly become one of our best-selling swings around the country,” Reamer says. “It fits multiple porch styles and home designs with its traditional look and feel.”

Vintage Porch Swings fit seamlessly into both indoor and outdoor design with all-weather paint, stain and Sunbrella fabric. The McHenry’s pay close attention to porch swing design, coordinating fabrics, styles and color schemes, according to Reamer. “We’re beginning to focus on more custom design,” he says. “Our weathered barnwood finish and designer fabrics from Laurie Bell have been especially popular.”

In addition to bed swings, the company builds indoor hanging beds, standard porch swings, end tables and other furniture to match any design concept or theme. “Our production team is the best,” McHenry says. “These are artisans passionate about their craft.”

Vintage doesn’t give out sales figures, but the total number of swings they’ve made since launching the business in 2008 is in the thousands. “We ship them all over the country, from Seattle to Nantucket,” Reamer says. “Locally, our swings can be enjoyed at the Andell Inn at Freshfields Village.”

—Erin Holaday Ziegler