Turns out, the best seat in the house is actually outside.

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Swing with Lake Pillow Outdoor Furniture
Credit: Horchow

No porch is fully complete without a cozy spot to curl up with a good book, nap the evening away on a warm summer day, or entertain guests on lazy weekends with cocktails and sweet iced tea. And that down-home, comfy seat usually comes in the form of a swing, a conventional and decorative furniture piece that can dress up any Southern front porch. The best thing about porch swings is that often you don't have to build them yourself, as many swing styles are available at various home furnishings stores. Fortunately, we narrowed the search down to the perfect outdoor piece to purchase for quiet days spent on the porch. When you're ready to kick up your heels and redefine the outdoor experience this spring and summer, start your afternoon bliss with a beautiful single-seater swing.

Horchow's "Swing with a Lake Pillow" is a cross between a traditional porch swing and tree hammock, but the concept and functionality of swinging and relaxing still remains the same. The blue and green handcrafted chair swing is as comfortable as it looks, and very easy to assemble and hang from a porch ceiling beam or tree branch. What's equally impressive is that it's more of a seat than a horizontal porch swing or flimsy hammock, so you can sit upright while reading or eating. And we love the complementary, all-weather pillow that comes with it.

In warm-weather months, you can hang it with the metal hook to bask in the built-in shade a classic porch provides. But, this chair swing is versatile and can be brought inside during fall and winter to avoid outside elements, and caring for it is as simple as machine-washing the pillow cover and cleaning the actual swing with a garden hose. With an easy-to-clean fabric, you and your family will enjoy this carefree chair swing all season long.

For more information on this outdoor swing chair, visit horchow.com. You'll be glad to have it when the dog days of summer in the South are upon us.