The porch swing isn’t just another dumb furniture of your house. It’s a secret bridge to the ‘Kingdom of Relaxation’.
Emily Taylor, who lives in a cottage with a porch swing in California, describes her experience as “Sipping a sweet cup of cappuccino by sitting on my porch swing is the best thing happens in my life.”
“Though I was tensed about how to hang a porch swing with chain in my scrawny cottage, still I took that risk”- she added. “And that was the best decision of my life. Now I can swing, smell the fresh ocean air, listen to the birds chirping from my cottage, and it feels like HEAVEN!”.
Unless you don’t want to miss such a mesmerizing experience, it’s high time to hang a porch swing in your house too.
How to Hang a Porch Swing with Chain at Your Home
Recently, I’ve added a porch swing in my own house. And I thought it would be a good idea to share how I hang a heavy porch swing easily.
Here it goes –
What will you need to use to hang a porch swing?
Before you get started, you must have all of these following items at your hand.
- Wood screws
- Measuring tape
- Drill machine
- Hanging chain
- Bolt cutter
- Eye and ear protector
- Screwdriver (optional) and
- Two 5-gallon buckets (yes, you’ve read that right!)
Checked it all?
Okay! Let’s start the real adventure.
Choosing the Location
Before heading to the technical steps, it’s mandatory to pick a perfect location for hanging the porch swing. You may hang it from a different location.
Hanging from Tree Limb
According to Harvard Medical School, being close to nature reduce the activity in the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex boosts the negative thoughts and leads us to a higher level of stress and depression.
And hanging a porch swing from the tree limb will help you the most to fight with that depression. It keeps you closer to nature.
However, choose a sturdy limb to hang your tree limb. A wimpy tree limb cannot support the weight of tree limbs.
Another sensitive point to remember, you must have to keep the tree happy. So, don’t use hooks to attach the chains with the tree limb. And pad the hanging chain with a rubber hose to avoid abrasion.
Hanging from Ceiling
This is the most common and popular hanging place to hang the porch swing. But, not all ceilings are in equal strength. It depends on the ceiling material and strength. Before hanging the portico swing, you should know how much weight can a porch swing hold.
In general, most of the porch swing can hold about 550 lbs. But, it depends on the chain strength, length, and ceiling joists. If you have a mold affected wooden ceiling, then the capacity will be definitely way below than 550 lbs. So, beware of it and prevent mold at any cost.
To support a swing with 7ft lengthy chain, the ceiling joist should be 4 by 4 inches or 2 by 8 inches. And the porch swing distance from the wall should be at least 2.5 feet (3 feet is preferable).
If you neither have a sturdy tree in the backyard nor the ceiling is sustainable enough to hold the weight of your tools, this might be the best solution for you.
The free-standing frames are convenient enough to place the swing in your garden, lawn, veranda, or even on the outdoor brick patio. Just make sure that you clean the brick patio surface before placing the swing on there.
Install the Necessary Hardware
After choosing the precise location, it’s time to install the hardware. Follow the steps below to do this step efficiently.
- At first, measure the dimension of your porch swing and the distance from the hanging hooks.
- Mark the spots of your ceiling where you’ll attach the hooks. You may use a pencil or marker for marking.
- Try to add nearly 4 inches of support. A little bit wider support will distribute the weight through the support beam and makes the porch swing stable.
- Drill the pilot holes slightly smaller than the screw diameter. It keeps the screws attached to the ceiling properly.
- After attaching the hooks, it’s time to drill the screw eyes into unfinished porch ceilings.
- In case you need the eyebolts in your ceiling, you can do that in this step. This technique is especially needed for older homes.
- Once every tool has been attached, it’s time to add the threaded links in it. You’ll get that with the porch swing kit. This is the place where you will attach the swing chain. So, it must be closed securely by turning the nut by using your hand.
Hang the Chain
Once you’ve attached the screws and bolts properly, it’s time to attach the chain with it. Well, you can also use a rope to hang the bench. It will reduce the porch swing installation cost.
But, if you are wondering about how to hang a heavy porch swing, chains are the best idea. You know chains are comparatively sturdier and long-lasting than the ropes.
While hanging the chain, make sure that the length is suitable with your porch swing. And attach both sides with the corresponding eyebolts properly. Take care of this fact properly.
Attach the Swing With The Chain
Here goes the final touch.
Put two 5-gallon buckets underneath the place where the porch swing will take place. These gallons will put the swing a little bit higher. It makes the attaching process easier.
Decorate the Chain (optional)
Who doesn’t like the presence of a gorgeously designed craft in their house?
As you just built a porch swing, let’s do some decoration. Don’t worry; you don’t need to do a lot. Simply, wrap the chain with colorful rope, and you are good to go.
However, you may also decorate the sitting portion only by adding a colorful rug and few cushions in it. Try to decor it if possible. Who doesn’t prefer a gorgeous porch swing?
Hopefully, you’re done with the hanging and decorating part in part. Now, it’s time to give a test drive. But, you must clean the room before testing the swing. It will help you to get a smoother and relaxing swing experience.
Test Out Your Swing
The hanging part is complete by now. It’s time to test the comfort, height, and other facts related to your swing.
Make sure that the porch swing remains parallel with the floor. You don’t want a tilted swing, right? Even though the swing remains tilted, there’s an easy solution for that.
Count the chain links of each chain. Hopefully, most of those will contain a similar number of chain links. If it doesn’t, just keep the chain link similar and hope that your problem will be solved by now.
To become over sure, just sit again! And that’s it, you’re all done!
By now, you might have complete knowledge about how to hang a porch swing efficiently. But, the tips below will help you to make this project even smoother.
- A simple comfort spring is good for swinging smoothly. Though it’s not mandatory, it definitely improves the swinging experience.
- If you decorate the chain with rope, don’t forget to check it regularly. If there is any sign of tearing, replace it immediately.
- Paint the metal if you don’t want to use metal in your porch swing. Try to use the rust inhibitor to keep the metal looks like brand new.
- While choosing the pillows, rugs, or cushions for your porch swing, make sure that the color suits the outdoor. Don’t forget to keep all the items organized!
Hanging a porch swing is an overwhelming project! To get the most out of it, try to do it by yourself. Hope that this step-by-step guideline helped you in every aspect of how to hang a porch swing with chain.
Whether you do it by yourself or hired a professional, you will be delighted when swinging up.
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In the meantime, sit, kick back, and relax on your newly hanging porch swing.