“ Type: Hammock / Swings „
~Ordering and Delivery~
I used to have a steel and textoline swing bench, but it was so lightweight it got blown over in a strong breeze and the steel frame just snapped. I missed having a shady swing seat for summer days though, so have been looking for a wooden one, which would be a lot sturdier and also look attractive in the garden.
I came across this Hardwood Swing Bench on Tesco Direct and was delighted to see it was on half price offer. The current full price is £239.79, so at half that price it was a great bargain. I also managed to get free delivery by using an online voucher code, which saved a further £5.
I ordered the swing bench online and was offered a choice of delivery dates. I chose the earliest date which was a week after ordering. The day before delivery I had a call from Tesco Direct confirming delivery for the next day and informing me of the three hour delivery slot. The delivery van arrived within the delivery slot and the bench was delivered flatpacked. It was a great service and I would definitely order from them again.
~Materials and Dimensions~
The bench and frame are made from durable TFT (Tropical Forest Trust) kapur hardwood, which means it's from a sustainable timber source. It comes ready stained with wood preservative in a dark wood shade and has a green polyester canopy. The measurements on Tesco Direct don't make any sense as they're all listed in the wrong place, but a quick measure of my own gives the following dimensions: width 168cm, depth 123 cm, and height 180cm. It's fairly compact, although it seats two comfortably. The instructions advise against seating more than two.
~Unpacking and Assembly~
This is a heavy package, so after having it delivered into our garage, we unpacked it and carried the pieces onto the garden individually. Then I had a look at the instructions. That's when the problems set in! According to the instructions it needs coating with wood oil before assembly. Well, there was no time for that! It was already spread out all over the garden and we only had about three hours available to put it together. Not having any wood oil, I rummaged out some Ronseal wood sealant and rubbed that onto all the areas where it would be fixed together, to make sure there was some kind of waterproof coating inside the joins.
The instructions were fairly clear and two of us managed to get it put together in three hours without any mishap. I was pleased that all the bolts and fixing bits were present, as they are not always with self-assembly furniture. The most awkward part of putting it together is hanging the swing onto the frame as it's fairly heavy for anyone with lifting difficulties, so it needs two able bodied people.
Luckily the weather stayed dry for the next couple of days, giving me time to buy some teak oil and give it a good protective coating before it rained. I was just in time, because later that day it poured with rain. The next day I noticed dark wood stains had washed out onto the patio creating brown streaks. I've tried getting these off with soapy water and a stiff broom, to no avail. It's probably going to need something more potent, and maybe a pressure washer. Ah, well.
I love my new swing seat, and I'm looking forward to long summer days of swinging under the shady canopy with a book in my hand (maybe a touch optimistic for British summers!). The canopy is adjustable to three different angles, so we've tilted it up slightly at the front to avoid having to duck every time we sit down. It's all really solidly put together and much sturdier than the steel framed benches.
I find it comfortable to sit on, although I like to throw on a few cushions as well. At 5ft 4ins tall, I find some garden seats are a bit too high up for me and my legs are dangling, but this is just the right height, and I can put my feet comfortably on the ground. I also like the way the colours of the wood and the canopy blend with the colours of the garden. It looks much more attractive than the steel one did.
The main drawback with a wooden bench though, is that it will need oiling a couple of times every year, but I don't mind that. It takes less than an hour to just rub it on with a cloth.
Overall, it's a great buy at a bargain price, although I think even the full price is acceptable as it's such a decent quality item. Now I've just got to figure out how to get the patio clean...
This swing bench is a great addition to any garden. This swing bench is made from a durable TFT kapur hardwood with a polyester canopy.