How to Hang a Porch Swing or Hammock Chair

August 15, 2019

There is something magically about good weather and swinging slowly in a hammock chair or porch swing while the breeze blows. They add instant charm to a home and hours of enjoyment for adults and children. And they are easy to install. Here is a simple guide with step by step instruction on how to hang a porch swing.

Steps for Hanging a Porch Swing or Hammock Chair

Find an Ideal Location

As with most furniture in and around a home, finding the ideal location for a swing will add both longevity to the swing and enjoyment. First, consider the porch swing distance from the wall. You will need at least 14 inches of clearance on either side of the swing to prevent any accidental damage or bumping, and we recommend 3 to 4 feet of space in front and behind to allow the swing to swing.Additionally, just like heavy artwork needs to be anchored in a wall stud, the swing will need to be screwed into a ceiling joist. These are easily located using a stud finder.

Install Screws

When installing the screws, measure the length of the swing or chair and add approximately 4 inches (10 cm). This will evenly distribute the weight over the joist. Locate the center of the joist and drill pilot holes approximately 3 inches (8 cm) deep into the joist. Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the screws. Next, twist the eye screw carefully into the pilot hole so that the wood does not splinter or crack. Ensure all the threading locks into the wood, and if necessary, use a screwdriver to twist the screw securely. Finally, install the S-hook or Carabiner into the screw

Attach Chains or Rope

Depending on what your swing or chair came with and your own personal aesthetic, you can hang the swing from either chains or rope. Ensure that the rope or chain will hold 300 pounds (136.08 kg) if using something from your local hardware store. Adjust the length of the chain or rope so that the swing hangs at a comfortable sitting height. Remove any excess.


With the swing now installed, it's time to sit back and enjoy a cold glass of lemonade, read that summer book you've been meaning to get to, or simply people-watch. With proper installation, a swing or hammock chair can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

Swing in the Shade

It can be relaxing to lounge on your porch swing or hammock chair in the sun for a while. After a while, though, you'll start to get hot. We recommend installing shades or shutters in the same area. This way you can control when you get sun, and when you're in the shade.Contact Blinds Brothers today for more information on indoor and outdoor shades and shutters.

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