How does that saying go; front porch sittin’ and sweet tea sippin’. I love it! I hope to be doing a lot of that this summer. Mainly because I just finished installing our lovely porch swing. We’ve never had a porch swing before and boy and I’m excited to finally call one my own! As I was scratching my head trying to decide how to safely install this heavy piece of furniture, I thought it would be a good idea to share what I did. Here we go with how to hang a porch swing along with my porch swing makeover.
Porch Swing Makeover
It all started when we were gifted a swing from my in laws. They used it for years at their old house, but had not used it since they moved.
It was covered in mildew and the wood had seen better days. There wasn’t any wood rot, so I knew a good makeover would make it look new again!
I won’t get into too many details about how I up cycled this porch swing because I detailed a post all about how to paint and maintain outdoor furniture HERE.
Now it’s time to learn how to hang the porch swing!
- The first thing you need to do is make sure the wooden beams that will be supporting the swing are stable.
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This is what our porch roof looked like:
I knew I needed to add a little extra support to the beams.
- I added two joist hangers to the support beams I would be using.
- Once the beams are well supported, you need to purchase porch swing hardware.
How to install the porch swing hardware:
There are many different types of hardware for porch swings. HERE is a similar set of hardware that I used.
Always follow the instructions for the hardware that you purchase.
- To install ours, we drilled the pilot hole first.
- Then begin to manually screw the hardware into the support beam.
- Next take a long screw driver and push it through the porch swing hanger. Then rotate it around to easily screw the hardware through the beam.
- It should sit flush against the wood beam when you’re done.
- Hang the porch swing and you should be done!
The swing looked much better….but I felt like it was still missing something.
I HATED the look of the old chain. I felt like the wood looked new, but the chain was a constant reminder of what it used to look like.
I wanted to find a way to update the chain without having to purchase anything new.
I decided to wrap the porch swing chain with rope.
This is the rope I used from Ace Hardware.
How to wrap a porch swing chain with rope:
- I started at the base of the swing where the chain screwed into the wood. I used a little hot glue to secure it before I began to wrap the rope around the chain.
- I used a hot glue gun to hot glue the rope to the chain every few inches.
- I worked my way up the chain with the rope until I reached the top and then I moved to the other side and repeated my steps.
- Below is what the top of the chain looked like after I wrapped it with rope. I made sure to hot glue the ends real well.
My porch swing makeover was almost complete!
After adding a few accessories it was time to sit back, relax and enjoy. Porch swing sittin’ and sweet tea drinking was about to begin!
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