How To Hang A Porch Swing Properly
Some porch swings come with the hardware required for installation. Others do not come with such a luxury and may require you to purchase swing hangers, eyebolts, and other hardware.
Please note: Our suggestions in this guide are for informational purposes only. Always use the instructions that come with your swing.
Hang From a Ceiling
- Make sure you have the proper ceiling beams. The support beam or joist needs to be sufficient enough to support the weight of the swing and those who are on it. Your joists should 2x6 or larger. Do not hang your swing from ceiling covering, like plywood or beadboard. If you cannot decide on whether the material will be sufficient, have a professional decide for you.
- Next, you will want to mark the location of your porch swing hangers. To achieve optimal swinging distance and comfort, position your hangers at least 2.5 feet from the wall behind your swing; preferably 3 feet.
Measure 3 feet out from your wall with a measuring tape. Mark 2 points for you ceiling joist locations.
Drill pilot holes so you do not split the wood. Then, screw your hangers into the joist or overhead beam and hang your chains.
- You will want your porch swing to be 17 to 19 inches off the ground for the ideal comfort. Two 8ft chains will accommodate ceilings 8-9ft tall. If your ceilings are 12ft tall, you will need 11ft chains to hang your swing.
- Finally, set your swing down on the ground directly below your hangers. Place a ladder directly behind the swing and have someone lift the swing up as you climb the ladder to connect the top chains onto the swing hangers. Once you have attached the longer chain, tilt the swing back about an inch and adjust the shorter chain to your comfort. And that’s it! You’ve completed the installation of your new, spectacular porch swing! Now you can lounge away until your heart is content. If you need a good checklist, you can get one here.
Hang From a Tree Limb
Your first instruction is making sure you choose a strong limb that can support the combined weight of your porch swing and you.
Important: Protect the tree limb from chain abrasion by using a rubber hose. Do not screw fasteners into the tree.
Secure your chains around the limb with a rust-resistant bolt. Remember to add a few inches to the position of your chains for the swing’s length. And please follow good safety practice when working from trees.
Follow steps 3 and 4 from “Hanging From a Ceiling” to complete your installation.
The easiest way to set up your swing is through an A-frame. As the name implies, this frame is self-supporting and free-standing. All you need to do is fasten your bolts and chains to it, then hook your porch swing up. These A-frames come in an array of material options such as natural woods and metals.
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