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We all know that feeling you can’t seem to figure out how to hang that porch swing- frustration mounting as we try one thing after another only to end up with an empty toolbox or a porch full of swollen boards from our futile attempts at hanging something so simple.
Well, today I’m going to teach you how to do just that: Hang A Porch Swing!
Let’s get started.
Today I’m going to show you how to hang a porch swing. It’s not that hard and doesn’t take much time, but there are some tools required.
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What Is A Porch Swing?
A porch swing is a type of swinging bench that is usually suspended by chains from the rafters or ceiling of a front porch.
The seat can be made out of wood or other materials, and there are several different designs for this kind of item that you might find on sale at your local home goods store or online shopping website like Amazon.
There are many benefits associated with owning a porch swing! However, before purchasing one, it’s important to understand what types exist so that you know exactly what you’re getting into when deciding to make an investment in a porch swing.
Types Of Porch Swings
The Porch Swing has come a long way since its inception! There are more swing options on the market today than ever before, in addition to the traditional model.
Porch swing materials can also vary depending on the preferences of an individual homeowner or family.
For example, some homeowners may prefer a more durable material that will withstand weather conditions for years to come while others prioritize comfort in their choice of material.
Wooden porches swings and metal porch swings both offer different benefits and drawbacks with respect to durability and weight limits as well as aesthetics.
The following section offers an overview of what you need to know about various popular porch swing materials so you can make the most informed purchasing decision possible before investing in your new piece of outdoor furniture!
From the most basic Classic Swing to the colossal Swing Bed, you’re sure to find a porch swing to suit your needs! Patio swings are available in a variety of styles, including:
Classic Porch Swing
The most common type of porch swing on the market is this one. The Classic, or Basic Porch Swing, is a simple design that has been used to decorate front porches and yards for many years.
Adirondack Porch Swing
The Adirondack Swing Chair is a perfect choice for someone who likes to sit outside and read, watch birds or wildlife, relax on the porch with a glass of lemonade, enjoy an afternoon nap in the shade or simply take a break from all their daily activities.
The chair provides comfortable seating thanks to its wide seat and back which are nicely padded. It also features armrests that provide additional support when sitting it. This product comes as one solid piece so you do not have to put anything together before being able to use it – just unfold and hang!
Canopy Porch Swing
The Canopy porch Swing is a modern stand-alone swing, the canopy being made from almost any material. It can provide shade over part of your deck or patio and can be hung from a variety of places including trees, beams, or columns.
The swing seat itself can also be changed to suit your personal tastes as well as providing a place for you to sit down and enjoy that much-needed relaxing time after work each day!
Hammock Porch Swing
Hammock porch swings are the ultimate way to relax! They offer a comfortable seat for your friends and family, plus they give you great views of any outdoor space.
Wicker Porch Swing
The wicker porch swing is a traditional choice for those who like the look and feel of natural materials. Wicker swings are comfortable, sturdy, and beautiful to behold.
Rollback Porch Swing
For maximum comfort, the Rollback has a “rolled” front and back. The seat’s contour allows for some serious relaxation! It’s made of heavy-duty cypress and rust-proof hardware, just like the rest of our patio swings!
Console Porch Swing
These one-of-a-kind porch swings feature a flip-down console in the middle where you can put your drinks!
Decorative Porch Swing
The unique design and adornments of these patio swings set them apart from traditional swings. Some may have ornate shapes or characters carved into the wood, while others, such as the back or arms of the swing, may have a non-traditional design pattern.
Some Decorative Porch Swings are distinguished by their distinctive colors, such as those that are red, white, and blue in the colors of the American Flag!
Engraved Porch Swing
Engraved Swings are a type of decorative porch swing in which designs are carved into the swing’s wood, often with great detail and precision. Some manufacturers of these swings will even personalize them by engraving your name across the back.
Porch Swing Chair
A Swing Chair, also known as a Hanging Chair, is a miniature porch swing! These are great for kids and can be hung anywhere, with a large branch of a tree being one of the most common places. A swing chair is a must-have for any grandparent’s yard!
Porch Swing Bed
A Giant Porch Swing! is a short, succinct description of these swings. The Swing Bed’s dimensions are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, providing plenty of relaxing space! In fact, most of them can fit a twin mattress.
Porch Swing Beds are popular among designers, who like to decorate them and hang them in their homes or inside outdoor gazebos.
How To Hang A Porch Swing With Rope
I’ll show you how to hang a porch swing with a rope. Porch swings can add a lot of personality to a front or back porch, but they must be hung correctly.
They should be straight and hung from something that can support their weight, and not lean to one side.
Tools and Materials:
- 3/4″ or 1″ Rope – Two pieces each over double the height of the porch ceiling (plus the depth of the swing for a swing bed)
- Drill with 1/4″ drill bit
- 3/8″ Eye Screws
- long screwdriver
- 2 five gallon buckets or something similar in height
Step 1: Screw Eyes
You’ll use eye screws to hang the ropes from the joists. To support the added weight of larger swing beds, I recommend using four eye screws. However, for a smaller swing, such as a crib mattress swing, two is all that is required.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joists
When hanging a porch swing, it is critical that it is hung from the porch’s ceiling joists. The weight of the swing, as well as the people who sit on it, necessitates sturdy support.
Finding the ceiling joists can be difficult, especially if your porch ceiling is covered in a material that prevents you from using a stud finder. One of these materials is wood.
Every porch on which I’ve hung a swing has had a tongue and groove wood ceilings, making this step the most difficult.
However, I’ve discovered that looking for nail holes in the t&g planks is the easiest way to locate the ceiling joists in these types of ceilings. The planks are nailed to the joists at this point.
Step 3: Determine the Placement
Once you’ve decided where you want your swing to go on the porch, you’ll need to figure out where the eye screws should go on the ceiling. Use four screw eyes, each directly above the corresponding holes on the swing, for a larger swing bed.
Measure the distance between the holes as shown below, and then repeat the process on your ceiling. We had to stay away from the ceiling fans on our own porch. As a result, I positioned the eye screws much closer together.
Step 4: Attach the Screw Eyes
Drill pilot holes for each eye screw once you’ve determined their locations.
Begin hand-screwing the eye screw into place. You’ll reach a point where turning with your hands is too difficult.
Insert a long screwdriver into the eye and turn it. This will give you more leverage.
Step 5: Hang the Rope
Once both eye screws are in place, thread the rope through each one until each end is nearly even.
Step 6: Attach Rope to the Porch Swing
Find a place to sit your swing that will keep it a few feet off the ground. 5-gallon buckets are my favorite. This raises it a little higher than it should be, but after a while, the ropes will stretch out and your swing will be at the perfect height.
After that, thread one end of the rope through one of the swing’s holes and tie a knot underneath.
Reverse the process for the other hole on the same side, making sure the knots are snug against the swing’s bottom. Then repeat on the other side.
That’s it; you’re finished!
Place the cushion and pillows on the swing now and relax!
How To Hang A Porch Swing From A Tree
Two chains are usually used to attach a hanging bench swing to the joists on a porch roof.
However, if you can find a tree limb strong enough to support the weight of the swing and at least two people, you can hang your bench swing from it.
Look for large oak and maple trees with branches that are at least 6 inches in diameter and are defect-free. This will ensure that you can safely use your swing.
Wrap a string around the tree limb you’ll be swinging from. Place the string outstretched on a table and use a tape measure to determine its length. This not only tells you the circumference of the branch but also how long your garden hose strips must be.
Cut a strip of garden hose to the length of the string, and then slide the garden hose onto the end of the chain you plan to use for connecting your swing to the tree. Use a utility knife for this step.
Make sure you have at least one link in the chain sticking out of the end of the hose, with the remainder of the chain sticking out of the other end of the hose.
Drop the garden hose over the tree limb, and wrap it around until the single link in the chain butts up with the chain extending out of the other end of the hose.
Slide a washer onto a 1-inch-long bolt, and then slide the bolt through the single chain link and the link it touches. Slide the second washer onto the end of the bolt, and then tighten everything together, using a nut and a wrench.
Measure the distance between the eye-bolts on the armrests of the swing, using a tape measure. Transfer the measurement to the tree limb, measuring over from the first chain you installed.
Wrap the string around that location on the tree limb, cut the hose and attach the chain in the same manner as you did with the first chain.
Once you’re done, you should have two chains connected to the tree limb with garden hoses protecting the limb from damage due to the chains.
Connect the left chain extending from the tree limb to the eye bolt on the left armrest.
Place a bubble level on the seat of the swing. Position the swing so it is level, and then attach the eye bolt on the right armrest to the right chain. Once it’s installed, the swing should remain level.
How To Hang A Porch Swing Between Two Trees
A tree with a swing in your backyard gives your property a relaxing feel. Swings are also used by hikers to sleep on during their stopovers at the summit. It’s a great place to unwind, away from the ground’s crawling insects.
Here are the best trees to hang a swing:
- Oak trees
- Maple trees
- Sycamore trees
- Narra trees
- Mango trees
- Hornbeam trees
- Beech trees
Here are the worst trees to hang a swing:
- Willow trees
- Birch trees
- Ash trees
- Spruce trees
- Poplar trees
Tools and Materials:
- Bolts and nuts
- Tape measure
- Preferred type of swing
Materials For a Swing Using Ratchet Strap Method
You can buy a set of these tools on Amazon and other outdoor equipment shops.
- Two heavy-duty carabiners to clip on the swing
- A pair of rope to tie around the trees
- Two D-rings
Materials For a Swing Using Beam Method
You can buy timber beams from hardware stores or directly from the lumberjack’s shop. Other materials are available online or in outdoor equipment shops.
- 4 x 6 timber beam( length depends on the distance between the two trees)
- A pair of rope or metal chains
- Two swing hangers with suspension hooks(spaced based on the swing’s length)
- Set of screws for each hook
- Two heavy-duty carabiners to clip on the swing
You’ve decided on a rope and swing tree (or trees). To begin, measure the distance between the outsides of the two trees you want to use, then add two feet to each end. This is the amount of beam or pole you’ll need to span the gap.
Using the level and/or string line, determine the height from which the swing should be suspended.
Mark the location of the beam or pole on each tree trunk. To rest the beam or pole on, screw an 8 or 10-inch lag screw into the trunk. Raise and rest the beam or pole on the lag screws with assistance, then lash it to the tree trunk to keep it from falling.
Drill the beam and secure it to the tree trunk with two lag screws or TABs of appropriate length on each end. Remove the temporary securing device.
Manilla rope should be used to secure the pole to the trunk.
The next step is to measure the swings’ beam or pole. Allow two feet between the tree trunk and the outside rope, as well as two feet between ropes.
Attach the supplied fittings to the beam or pole if using a hanging kit. If using eye bolts, drill a hole through the beam or pole and secure the bolts by tightening the nuts.
The double bowline knots are used to connect the two ropes to the eye bolts in the beam or pole. Determine the seat height above ground and tie double bowline knots to the seat with overhead stopper knots in the tails to prevent them from pulling through.
You could also tie a backup knot around the standing end of the rope with one figure-eight follow-through knot.
How To Hang A Porch Swing From A Vinyl Ceiling
When you are looking to make a porch swing or other piece of outdoor furniture, sometimes there is nothing more convenient than the ceiling.
However, this can be hard if it’s an older house with plaster ceilings. By following these simple steps, you should be able to use your vinyl ceiling as a great place to hang anything from swings and hammocks up to large chandeliers.
Start by removing the vinyl ceiling using a hammer and a prybar up until the furthest point the swing will hang.
If the swing cannot be hung on the structure, the structure will need to be added. Cut the 2×4” to size and then hammer it into position, preferably over the furring strip (if there is one) to accommodate the additional ¾” depth it creates.
Secure the structure with wood screws.
Reinstall the vinyl ceiling up until the panels fall just over the added structure.
Drill a pilot hole through the vinyl, the furring strip, and the added structure using the drill and a drill bit. To keep the vinyl from cracking, it helps to start with a thicker drill bit just for the vinyl, then switch to the thin drill bit to drill the rest of the hole.
Mount the bracket that comes with the swing to the pilot holes. Hand tighten the bracket through the pilot holes using a lag screw and a wrench.
Install the vinyl ceiling up until the next location for the other side of the swing and repeat the process.
Install the rest of the vinyl ceiling.
Hang the swing onto the mounting brackets.
How To Hang A Porch Swing From A Slanted Ceiling
To hang a swing from a sloped ceiling, make both chains the same length and then make a “Y” with another length of chain for the arms and a swivel-type hinge where the arms of the “Y” meet the lower, vertical chain on the side that doesn’t yet reach the ceiling.
The arms of the “Y” should move forward and backward in the same plane as the chain when swinging; shifting by one stud in each direction should suffice. This should make it swing nearly as much as it does normally.
How To Hang A Porch Swing With Chains
When you’re sure your porch can support a swing, find a joist or beam from which to hang it. On porches with unfinished ceilings, this is easier to accomplish.
If your roof is finished, you might want to get a prefabricated A-frame porch swing to avoid the time-consuming process of hanging a porch swing from your ceiling.
Pick your favorite swing. Swings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You could opt for a wicker porch swing, a metal porch swing, or a wooden porch swing, for example.
Porch swings come in a rainbow of colors, so pick one that complements your porch and is pleasing to the eye.  The different types of colors and materials used in porch swings have no functional difference. Your choice of swing is solely a matter of personal taste.
Steel chains or rope are the options. The most common type of chain is stainless or galvanized steel. If you want a more rustic-looking hanging porch swing, use marine-grade braided nylon or polyester rope.
It’s likely that your ropes or chains will need to be at least seven feet long.
If you’re going to use rope, make sure it’s at least 34 inches (19 millimeters) thick.
Make sure you get two equal lengths of each, one for each end of your porch swing, whatever you choose.
Check for signs of wear, such as fraying threads, if you choose to hang your swing with rope.
Allow plenty of room for your swing. Plan for your porch swing to move in an arc that spans about four feet of space.
To put it another way, make sure your porch swing has at least three feet of space in front and behind it. Use a measuring tape to determine the best location for your porch swing.
You won’t need to look for beams and joists in your porch ceiling if you’re hanging a prefabricated A-frame porch swing, but you will need to make sure your porch is deep enough to accommodate the A-frame.
Before you buy, measure the depth of the frame against the depth of your porch.
Swing hooks should be attached. You’ll need to attach swing hooks if your porch swing didn’t come with them. The exact location where the swing hook should be attached is determined by the design of your porch swing.
The point where the vertically oriented front of the armrest intersects with the horizontally oriented front-most edge of the actual seat is where you should look.
Install one swing hook facing out from one side of the porch swing, then another at the opposite side of the swing at the corresponding point.
Place the next two swing hooks on the porch swing at two points on the seat where the seat intersects the back, at the same height as the swing hooks you’ve already connected.
Before screwing the swing hooks into the porch swing, drill pilot holes.
Drill your pilot hole with a drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter than the pointed end of the swing hook. This is a crucial step in preventing splintering on your porch swing.
Screw the swing hooks into the porch swing by hand when you’re ready.
Screw-eyes should be drilled into unfinished porch ceilings. A metal loop serves as the screw-eye. You’ll loop the rope or chain attached to the swing’s arms into it after installing two screw eyes. Place your screw-eye into a thick beam or joist where you want your porch swing to be.
Find a thick beam or joist that can support a screw-eye (at least two inches wide and five inches thick).
Once you’ve found the joist or beam where you want to hang your porch swing, use a drill to drill a pilot hole in it at the point where you want to hang the porch swing. This is a crucial step in preventing splintering of your beam.
Turn the eye-screw as far as it will go into the hole, then pass a screwdriver through the eye-circle screw’s so that its central point is just below the hole into which it was driven.
Place one hand on the screwdriver’s handle and the other on the screwdriver’s other end. To jam the eye-screw into its hole, press down hard on it with the screwdriver.
Install a second screw-eye in a joist or beam at a distance from the first that is roughly the same as the porch swing’s length.
To hang your porch swing, use screw-eyes with a four-inch shaft and a socket with a diameter that can accommodate the rope or chain you’ve chosen.
Eyebolts should be used in homes with finished ceilings. You won’t be able to use a screw-eye in homes with finished porch ceilings. An eyebolt will be used instead. To access the joists and beams that can support the eye-screw, cut away a section of the roof above the porch swing.
Make a hole in the joist with a drill. The drill tip should come out of your porch’s ceiling straight.
A six-inch machine-threaded eyebolt should be slid up through the porch ceiling and secured with a nut by a friend on the other end (on the porch roof).
Install a second eyebolt in a joist or beam at a distance from the first that is roughly the same as the porch swing’s length.
When you’re done, fix the roof.
The swing should be hung. Connect a rope or chain to the front swing hook and loop it up through the eyebolt or screw-eye on your porch ceiling. Connect the other end of your rope or chain to the second swing hook on the same side of the porch swing where the other end was connected.
For example, if you’re facing your porch swing and trying to hang it, attach a chain to the front-left swing hook, loop it through the eyebolt, and then connect the end that went through the eyebolt to the back-left swing hook.
Rep the process on the other side.
If your porch swing is particularly heavy, enlist the help of a friend to lift it to the desired height before securing it to the ceiling.
Place the comfort springs in place. Attach comfort springs to each eyebolt or screw-eye, then attach your chain to the end of the comfort spring for an extra-smooth porch swing experience.
The comfort springs give your porch swing a little bounce and help it move more smoothly.
How Much Chain Do I Need To Hang A Porch Swing
To hang your porch swing, you can choose from a variety of chainsets on the market.
These kits include everything you’ll need to get started. You’ll need a 7-foot chain if your ceiling, deck, or tree is 8 feet tall and you want to hang a swing from it.
In addition, you should keep the porch swing at least 17 to 19 inches off the ground to ensure a fun and enjoyable swinging experience.
This will provide you with the ideal height off the ground. To get an accurate result when installing the porch, have a friend hold the swing 19 inches away from the surface.
How To Hang A Porch Swing In Stucco
When installing a porch swing there are some important considerations for attaching it securely so you enjoy its use without worrying about whether it is going to break free from where it is attached at any time during the year.
While materials such as cement blocks work fine when installing porch swings under most conditions, if you are installing one on stucco the blocks do not provide adequate holding power.
How To Hang A Porch Swing Under A Deck
To successfully install your porch swing under a deck, follow the steps outlined below.
Step 1: Determine Your Location
You need at least four feet of space in front and behind the porch swing for perfect swinging motion. Check the ceiling joists above your location.
You need to install your swing into a structural beam. This step is important to ensure that the location is safe for installing a porch swing. Locating a beam is easier on porches with unfinished ceilings
Step 2: Mark for Eye Bolts
Measure the middle of your porch swing to get the average width of the space between bolts. Now use this measurement and make two marks along the joist with a pencil. Use a drill for drilling pilot holes to prepare for installation. Make sure the drill is thinner than the eye bolts
Step 3: Install Eye Bolts
Use your hands to install the eye bolts. You can use a screwdriver to get it into the joist perfectly. Use a 1/2×5” long eye bolt (at minimum). You can use a small amount of oil or soap to lubricate the bolts if required
Step 4: Attach Threaded Links
Once you successfully install the eye bolts, add a quick link with a threaded opening. You need to attach it to each eye bolt, which will help you to attach the chains. Close it properly by turning the nut manually.
Step 5: Install the Swing
Attach each chain to each threaded link. The general rule is to hang the seat 17-19” off the ground. If you are buying a chain separately instead of a chain kit, make sure it is welded properly for safety measures.
Don’t forget to keep the swing above the ground, as we already discussed. Also, use stainless steel swing chain so that your chain doesn’t get rusty and break after some time.
How To Hang A Porch Swing Bed
When you are buying a porch swing bed, there is the full-size version or one that is for one person.
If it’s more than you need, then measure your space before ordering. It doesn’t matter if the box looks like it’ll fit by following these simple steps for hanging up a porch swing with chains and hardware.
A porch swing bed is a great way to add seating and relaxation space to your outdoor living environment. Follow these steps for hanging a swing from porches, balconies, or tree branches:
Porch Swing Bed Hanging Steps:
Measure the distance between the brackets where you plan on placing your new porch swing bed. This step can be done with a carpenter’s level and measuring tape.
Simply measure down from the ceiling/bracket at three different points (example: 12″, 16″, 20″). The average of those measurements should equal 36″.
In our example, it would be 19″. Remember that when you go out to hang your swing – if there are any discrepancies this will determine where exactly they lie so that your porch swing bed will be level.
Mark where you want to place the brackets on your ceiling. Make sure there is enough room for a person to sit and relax comfortably in the swing (for example: don’t put it too close or far from an outlet).
If you are adding more than one, make sure they are spaced evenly apart – we recommend 12″ wide between each bracket at least.
That way two people can easily lounge back together with ease underneath them without having their heads bumping into one another’s backs during conversation time!
Also, remember that if swinging side by side – less space is needed because most of the weight is taken off of the brackets when someone sits down onto either end of the porch swing bed.
Choose your porch swing bed material. There are many different styles to choose from – some with patterns, stripes, or even both!
Porch swings hold up to 500 pounds of weight so if you have two people weighing in at 200 pounds each – they can be comfortable without worrying too much about the capacity limit.
It is always best though not to go over that number just for safety reasons and peace of mind (example: kids could climb on it unsupervised).
Mark where you want the holes in your brackets to be placed by using a pencil and carpenter’s level/plumb bob tool.
Line the plumb bob tool up vertically against one side and mark onto the ceiling where it falls horizontally across the bracket. Then do the same for the other side of your ceiling where you plan on hanging your porch swing bed.
Drill holes into place – be careful not to break through or puncture any electrical lines! You can also use a nail and hammer if there is no drill nearby/available.
Make sure that all brackets are level before attaching them securely onto the ceiling beams, joists or rafters, etc.
Screw in each screw tightly but don’t overdo it just yet – you will probably need some wiggle room later down the line when stringing up ropes (for example too much pressure might make it difficult to attach hooks).
Attach rope ends with carabiner clips to each loop at both sides of the porch swing bed. Be sure to attach them tightly and securely so that they can hold up a person’s weight without breaking away from brackets.
Hang your new porch swing bed by using a drill or hammer/nails etc. You want it to be high enough off of ground level where people won’t hit their heads on it while walking underneath but low enough for easier accessibility when sitting down onto each end of the swing (example: just above head height).
Remember that if you have multiple swings then you will need more spacing in between – at least 12″ apart from one another unless they are being used as side-by-side seating arrangements!
Then, simply enjoy relaxing with family and friends underneath during warmer months ahead!
This is a great alternative to an outdoor hammock or regular swinging bench – especially for those who want variety instead of the same old thing every weekend!
– Sit back, relax and enjoy your new porch swing bed
How To Find Studs To Hang A Porch Swing
Using a stud finder, locate the joists from the underside of the ceiling, then double-check each location by drilling small holes on each side of the joist.
Make a mark on the joist’s side edges so you can locate its center when installing the anchor.
A porch swing is a great addition to any outdoor furniture set. When you are trying to find the right place for it, one of the first things that you want to do is make sure that there are strong studs within four feet of where it will be hanging from.
This can help prevent accidents and makes everything much easier when it comes down to actually putting up your new piece of furniture.
If You Have A Heavy Porch Swing – Make Sure To Use Two Studs
One way around this problem would be using two studs so that even if you miss with your drill, nothing terrible happens.
However, depending on what kind of wood or surface your house is made out of (if anywhere), this might not be the best idea.
You need to make sure that you hang it from a stud and if there isn’t one in an area, then don’t even think about hanging your porch swing up there.
If There Are No Studs Around – Use Heavy Duty Screws
If there are no studs around where you would like to put your new porch swing or they aren’t sturdy enough for what you have planned, do yourself a favor and use heavy-duty screws instead of trying to twist two pieces of wood together.
This will help ensure safety while also allowing you to relax on your brand-new furniture set without worrying too much about how secure everything is.
How Far To Hang A Porch Swing From The Wall
To get the best swinging range and comfort, hang your hangers at least 2.5 feet from the wall behind your swing; ideally, 3 feet.
The more you hang your porch swing from the wall, the better.
To get a nice length of space for hanging and swinging on your porch swing, try to have it at least 30 inches off the ground so that there is room underneath for legs or feet while sitting in your chair.
You will also want a little bit of clearance between where you are going to sit on the bench and where it hangs from above.
This should be around 12-14 inches give or take depending upon how big of an individual you are!
In general, measure approximately 36″ from floor to seat height when planning out this kind of detail with measurements not only coming into play with comfort but safety as well. If someone were to walk under it without giving it a second thought, it could cause them to bump their head which is never pleasant.
How Much Does It Cost To Hang A Porch Swing
The cost of installing a porch swing is largely determined by the type of swing you want and the material it’s made of. Porch swings that are simple and smaller are less expensive than those that are larger and more elaborate.
Rope porch swings are typically less expensive than wooden bench alternatives.
Another cost consideration is how you’ll mount the swing — and whether you’ll need a frame to hang it on. A wood swing’s total cost may be increased if it is finished or sealed.
Porch Swing Costs at a Glance
- Prefabricated wood swing: $60-$1,000
- Plastic swing: $350-$550
- Rope swing: $50-$300
- Custom swing: $200-$2,000
- DIY: $150-$1,000
How Long Are Porch Swings?
Porch swings come in a variety of sizes, but the most common are those that are 4-5 feet long. Seat depth can range from as little as 18 inches to as much as 46 inches for larger swing beds. Porch swing weight limits range from 250 pounds to 800 pounds or more, depending on the model.
Consider the size of your home and available space, as well as how many people you want to accommodate on your swing bed. Large swings will provide room for more people, but they also require a larger porch and more sturdy construction and support beams.
Smaller swings may limit capacity, but they take up less room and are easier to mount on an existing porch.
How Much Room Does A Porch Swing Need?
The porch swing should be at least 3 to 4 feet from any structure and at least 14 inches clear on each side. The swing should hang at least 17 inches from the floor since most people’s feet should reach the ground.
Is Swinging On A Porch Swing Exercise?
That is why many parents are asking, “Is swinging on a swing beneficial exercise?” Yes, it is — according to experts, swinging for 30 minutes on a swing set equals walking for 22 minutes or swimming for 13 minutes.
And that’s apart from the fitness benefits of getting your children outside, where they can enjoy the fresh air and see the world at their eye level.