Hang a porch swing correctly for both safety and comfort. Hanging a porch swing is not hard to do but doing it incorrectly could
cause great harm.
Front porch swings are great additions to any porch and some come with the necessary hardware. Often times; however, you
may have to purchase swing hangars, eyebolts, or other hardware.
Our hanging suggestions are for information only; always follow the instructions
that come with your swing.
Tips for Hanging Your Porch Swing
Not all ceiling joists are created equal.
Ensure the support beam or joist is sufficient to support the weight of the swing and those sitting on it. Your joists should be at least a 2x6 or larger. Do not hang the swing from the ceiling covering, like plywood or bead board. If you aren't sure, have a professional check it out for you.
Mark the position of your porch swing hangers for the most relaxing swinging experience you can have (shown here). These hangers are meant to withstand the wear and tear of outdoor use. To do this leave a minimum of 2.5 feet behind the swing for ample swinging room. Three feet or more is even better.
Measure from your wall (or railing depending on your swing's location) 3 feet from your wall (minimum). Mark two points on your ceiling joist locations accordingly.
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Drill pilot holes (these are holes slightly smaller than the porch swing hangers holes you will be installing) to ensure you do not split the wood. Screw the porch swing hangers into the joist or overhead beam, and hang your chains.
Position these marks an inch or two wider than your swing length to disperse the weight. For example, if your swing is 5 feet long, position the chains hooks 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches apart.
We recommend that you use comfort springs for extra bounce and smooth swinging (shown here). Place them between the porch swing hangers and chains. Comfort springs are tightly coiled together for effective shock absorption enhancing the comfort of your porch swing with every movement.
Video: Hang a Porch Swing from a Vinyl Porch Ceiling
Watch our video above. Dave gives some great tips on how to remove the vinyl panels and reinforce the rafters to hang your porch swing
Watch our video above. Dave gives some great tips on how to remove the vinyl panels and reinforce the rafters to hang your porch swing.
Tool for easily removing siding has a hook that goes into the groove on siding
Hook is inserted into the groove of the ceiling panel to pull it down
Having a siding removal tool like this one is invaluable for removing vinyl siding for hanging your porch swing.
You can find these tools at your home improvement store.
To accommodate the weight of the porch swing, Dave reinforced the rafter by doubling the size of it
Hang Swing from a Tree Limb
Choose a very strong, heavy limb that will support the weight of the swing AND the people on it.
Use a rubber hose to protect the tree limb from chain abrasion.
Do not screw fasteners into the tree.
Fasten the chains around the limb with a heavy, rust-resistant bolt, remembering to add an inch or two to the swing length when positioning the chains.
Always use common sense and follow all safety instructions.
Hang a Porch Swing - Installation diagram originally from PorchSwings.com but seems it's not available on their site any longer.
A-Frame Option for Hanging Your Swing
If you discover that your ceiling can't sustain the weight of your porch swing and you don't have a sturdy tree limb, you can hang a porch swing easily from an A-frame. You can use the A-frame on your porch or in your yard as well.
Photo courtesy of Hayneedle
This is an a-frame stand for hanging your porch swing. It's an alternative to hanging your swing from your ceiling. This stand is in cedar but you can also find stands like these in metal.
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