Welcome to the latest installment of my special “All decked out” series of posts. The topic? A part of the home where the great outdoors and the green indoors meet: your patio, porch, lanai, deck, terrace, or whatever you might call it. So far, I’ve recommended outfitting your outdoor space eco-friendly plantersnon-gruesome bug trapsalfresco eatin’ and drinkin’ wares, decor items, low-impact lamps and lanterns, and eye-catching watering cans made from recyclable/recycled materials. 


The other week, I decamped from NYC and decompressed for a couple of days in the Deep South. Much of this time spent reading, relaxing, and zoning out took place in the comfort of swings and hammocks. This, of course, got me thinking: what kind of eco-swings and hammocks are out there? 


Turns out, there's a whole mess of of earth-friendly, porch- and deck-ready swings and hammocks on the market that are ideal for one activity and one activity only: lounging. Below are 10 of my picks: 


Droog Swing with Plants - Black @ Droog ($560)















Poly-Wood Nautical Swing @ Clean Air Gardening ($529) 















Loll Go Collection Porch Swing @ Design Within Reach ($850)















Island Bay XL Handwoven Mayan Hemp Hammock @ Hammocks.com















EarthFriendly Hammock Swing @ The Bay Hammock Company (CA $124) 















Retired Wine Barrel Swing @ UncommonGoods ($120)














Nantucket Swing @ Clean Air Gardening ($749)














Adirondack Recycled Plastic Porch Swing @ PorchSwingsPlus.com ($349)













Durawood Single Swing @ Nags Head Hammocks ($349)











Ultimate Hammock @ Gaiam ($199)















Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

All decked out: Swings n' things
Get your summertime lounge on in a swing or hammock that's made from environmentally sustainable materials.