The Different Ways to Install A Porch Swing in Your House

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You don’t have to book a resort in an exotic place to relax after a busy and hectic week. Relaxing on a swing is a simple pleasure in life which can soothe your tired and frustrated soul. Be it an afternoon nap, reading a book in a calm environment, chilling on a sunny day or even singing, porch swings are a great way to revitalize yourself. If they are installed outdoors set amidst beautiful landscapes, it will definitely be a delectable experience. Modern porch swings are available in many designs which can also be used to do yoga or can be transformed to a camp. Here are the simple and easy steps to install a porch swing in your house.

Before You Get Started
You should be careful while buying the right hardware. Here are common hardware tools you would need.

Hanger Kits
For smooth swinging, you can buy hanger kits with suspension. Springs with high load bearing capacity are usually preferred as suspensions. Electroplated springs are corrosion-free and last longer. So, you should buy those.

Bolts and Screws
Eye bolts are durable as they bear the load of the swing as well as the people sitting on them. To ensure effective grip, bolt diameter should be greater than ½ inch. You may consider using washers if needed. Using a single eyelet bolt to hang your porch to a beam or joist or a DIY platform is not acceptable due to its low load bearing ability.

Chains and Ropes
Chains and ropes have a rating for their load bearing capacity. Ensure that the chains you use can sustain at least 500 lbs. Chains made from stainless steel are corrosion-free. Nylon ropes are also strong enough to bear a heavy porch swing bed.

How to Install A Hanging Porch Swing

1. Determine the Swing Location
Swings are attached to structures like beams and joists. Wooden joists may not be strong enough for heavy swings. They are great for indoors and for smaller and lighter swing beds. Swing space is an important consideration before installing one. There should be at least one foot of side clearance on both sides of the swing. Further, you need adequate room for your feet during the swinging motion. So, take this factor into account while determining the right location.

2. Mark Positions for The Bolts
The hangers are usually spaced 2 to 4 inches more than the width of the porch swing. That means, for a 44 inches swing, the space between the hangers is 48 inches. This prevents friction between the chain used as attachment and swing. After choosing the location of your eye bolts, place the swivel mounts on the lumber or pillar and mark the holes with a permanent marker or a dark pencil. Drilling pilot holes with diameter less than the eye bolt diameter is a strategy which you can adopt to cross-check the correct location of markers.

3. Install Bolts
Always drill the hole at the center of the marked point. If you are using a threaded screw, you can use a wrench or a plier to ensure the full tightening.

4. Add Attaching Links
You can hang the swing using ropes or chains. Hanging with chains requires a long and a short chain on either side. The longer chain is connected to the front mounting point of the swing while the shorter chain is attached to the rear of the seat.
In case you are using ropes, bend each rope into half and then tie a knot. To attach the rope to the hook, you can make loops. You should ensure that knot is not very big enough to slide when there is weight on the porch.

5. Install Your Porch Swing
Test the knots and attachments. Attach the swing leaving a ground clearance. Usually, the swings are placed one foot above the ground.

There are wide varieties of swings. The steps mentioned above is a simple guide to follow. You can spice up your swinging experience with your own creative ideas. Happy swinging!


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Joan Cox
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Crystal, a front porch swings sure adds a warm feeling to the home and the curb appeal.   

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