Our Story

Why We Started Making Rope Swings


Sitting Spiritually having been designing and hand crafting garden furniture for 14 years, are regular exhibitors at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the only bespoke swing & bench makers Licensed by the RHS.  

The Company was born in 2004 when the owner Martin Young was refused entry to The National Gardens Scheme because his garden didn’t have enough seats for visitors to rest on.  Having longed for a swing seat for years and finding the only ones on the market were just not up to scratch, he set about making his own.  The completed swing seat placed in his garden meant he was allowed entry into The NGS and so many visitors wanted a swing seat just like Martin’s that Sitting Spiritually was born.

Now Sitting Spiritually Swings Seats & Rope Swings can be seen in many notable gardens open to the public throughout the UK.  

"We dreamed of a childhood tree swing"


The Rope Swings were a welcome addition to the range, introduced in 2009 and all of their timber comes from FSC sustainable sources guaranteeing tracking from felling and replanting through to their workshop and finally to the customer. Each oak rope swing is handmade from one piece of kiln dried Oak, this timber is perfectly seasoned and adjusted for outdoor conditions.

We are passionate about our rope swings and firmly believe they are amongst the best on the market. Where others have the ropes spliced around the rope swing, meaning the wood may be prone to split over time, our ropes, which are made by a long established marine rope maker, are threaded through the rope swing. Our rope swings have strengthening oak battens underneath them adding to their stability and each rope swing comes with our unique, simple, no knots hanging system as standard.  The corners and edges of our rope swings are gently rounded, meaning a little one (or adult) will never get a painfully sharp knock.

All products are handmade to order in our Dorset & Devon Workshops and can be ordered exclusively from Sitting Spiritually. 

Sitting Spiritually  were recently named by The Sunday Telegraph as one of the 50 Most Stylish British Brands to have in your home & garden.

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