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How To Hang a Porch Swing

A porch swing isn’t just a piece of outdoor furniture; it’s a state of mind. Hop on and swing for a while and you are instantly taken away to a stress-free zone.

Installing a porch swing under a porch or patio cover is fast and straightforward, but you will need to have a patio cover with solid ceiling joist to hold the weight of the swing and people. It is never safe to hang a swing from joints or masonry.

Step 1: Select a spot for your swing

Choose a location with adequate space from walls, windows, and rails to allow the swing to move. You should allow at least 2 1/2 feet behind the swing. Once you find the perfect location for the porch swing, locate a cross beam or ceiling joist to install the swing.

Step 2: Identify the location for the bolt holes

Measure the width of the porch swing. Add to 2 to 4 inches in width as you mark the location for the eye-bolts on the cross beam or ceiling joist. Placing the eye bolts wider than the width of the swing helps prevent swaying or twisting of the swing.

Step 3: Drill the holes

Next drill pilot holes in the cross beam or ceiling joist slightly smaller than the shaft of the eye bolts you are using. Screw in the eye bolts into the cross beam or ceiling joints, and use a screwdriver through the eye for the final tightening.

Step 4: Suspend the swing

Suspend the porch swing from the eye bolts. Adjust the length of the chain or rope so that the swing is even on both sides. The swing should be at a comfortable level to sit.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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