How to Hang a Porch Swing

Dale Devries

The porch swing is a great place to go to talk with a friend, read a book or check out what's going on in the neighborhood. Everyone likes the gentle swing and peace of a porch swing.

Hang a Porch Swing

But before installing the swing, you must make sure the support beam is strong enough to hold the weight of the swing and the people in it. After that, the installation is not very hard and can be done by a single person.

  1. Measure to place the swing. You will need at least 2 1/2 feet from walls and railings for swinging. The more room the better. The bolts or hooks should be placed at least 1 to 2 inches outward from swing. So a 6-foot swing would have bolts between 6 feet, 2 inches and 6 feet, 4 inches.

  2. Pre-drill holes in the support beam to keep the wood from splitting. Screw in eye bolts or large hooks. Attach the swing chains to the hooks in the beam. There will be a single chain coming down. About halfway down, there will be two chains, one for the back of the swing arm and one in the front top of the arm.

  3. The swing will have two sets of eye bolts installed on the arms. Attach the eye bolts to the chains in the front and back of the arms.

  4. Adjust the chains if you feel the swing is too low by hooking a higher link into the eye bolts on the arms.