7 Easy Steps to Help You Select & Hang a Porch Swing
Adding a porch swing to your home adds charm, comfort, and style. Porch swings come in a variety of different styles, from wood porch swings to wicker porch swings, so you should be able to find one that will match your home decor as well as give you a comfortable place to sit and relax. Once you decide on which porch swing you like, it’s time to get it installed so you can enjoy it! We’ve put together 7 easy steps to help guide you in your swing selection as well as show you how to hang your porch swing.
Step 1: Measure Your Porch
Start by measuring the area where you are going to hang the porch swing. Give yourself at least 2 feet on each side as clearance for when the swing is in motion. Make sure the area has an overhead wood beam that is at least 2′x6′ where you can secure the chains.
Step 2: Purchase a Porch Swing
With your measurements in hand, do a little research online to see what types of porch swings are available to you and find a swing that will match the look of your home. If you find a good deal on a wooden, metal or resin wicker porch swing, but it just doesn’t coordinate with the colors of your home, don’t be afraid to put in a little extra work and paint it.
Step 3: Purchase Additional Porch Swing Supplies
- Screws or other chain connectors
- A drill (Make sure it’s charged and, if you have one, your back-up battery is charged as well) & drill bits
- Four heavy duty chains, 7 feet long
- Screw-in swing hooks
Step 4: Attach the Swing Hooks
Begin by measuring the width of the swing, from one side to the other. Mark the distance on the beam and drill one pilot hole into the beam on each of the two markings. Screw one hook into each of the two pilot holes until they are snug. Tip: To determine the size of drill bit that you will need to drill your pilot hole, hold up a hook next to your drill bits and choose the drill bit that is a tad bit smaller in diameter than the hook.
Step 5: Attach the Chains to the Porch Swing
Depending on the type of porch swing you bought, you will need to attach the chains in the proper manner. For example, with a wooden porch swing you can attach the chains to eyebolts and screw the eyebolts into the wood. Chain connectors might need to be used for certain types of swings, such as a wicker porch swing or a metal porch swing and you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install them correctly. Be sure that the chains are secure; two in the front, and two in the back.
Step 6: Hang the Porch Swing
Have someone help you for this step so that you do not end up injuring yourself or damaging the swing. Stand on a sturdy ladder and have your helper hand the swing up to you. Hang one front chain and one back chain to each hook. Depending on the preciseness of the chains, you may need to adjust them a little bit so that they are the right length. You want your swing to be 17″-19 ” above the ground. Hanging Tip: If you don’t have someone to help you hang it up, you can still get it done. Set up your ironing board below the beam, place the swing on it, climb the ladder, pick up the swing and hang it up. Be extra careful when using this method.
Step 7: Test the Porch Swing
Give the swing a test by pushing it. If it swings smoothly, go ahead and have a seat and see how it feels! If it does not swing smoothly, look over your work and see where you can make a change. Now invite some friends over and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on your new porch swing.