A porch swing is a comfortable outdoor seating option that offers a charming and nostalgic element that can complement nearly any home. These relaxing installations are relatively inexpensive, and can offer a perfect finishing touch to a home’s curb appeal, but many are daunted by their permanent installation. However, these comfy benches are actually quite simple to install with the right tools and a little help. Here’s what you need to know to hang a porch swing your own porch:
The most important part of hanging a porch swing is ensuring that you have a sturdy space to hang it from; suspending a swing from a beam that can’t support it could result in injuries as well as damage to your home.
The key to finding a solid spot for your swing is choosing a beam that functions as a structural support. These rafters are held to a higher strength requirement than non-loadbearing beams, so you can be sure that it they will support the weight. Of course if you aren’t sure what is load bearing and what might be decorative, don’t be afraid to consult a professional. It’s better to overzealous than end up with a dangerous swing.
Once you have the location settled, the next step is to assemble the tools and hardware that you’ll need to hang it. Many swings will come with some of the hanging hardware or chains, so be sure to take inventory before you purchase anything new. The essentials you’ll need include:
And that’s all there is to it! Hanging a porch swing is a relatively straightforward process with a great payoff. However, if this still sound like too much work for you, you can always select a swing that comes with its own free standing frame. These have the advantage of being non-permanent additions with option of easily repositioning them as needed.