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How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover

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.

How to Hang a Porch Swing with a 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.

swing before the makeover

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.

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How to hang a porch swing

  • The first thing you need to do is make sure the wooden beams that will be supporting the swing are stable.

This is what our porch roof looked like:

porch roof

I knew I needed to add a little extra support to the beams.

adding joist hangers for porch swing
  • 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.

porch swing hardware

Always follow the instructions for the hardware that you purchase.

  • To install ours, we drilled the pilot hole first.
drill
  • Then begin to manually screw the hardware into the support beam.
porch swing hardware installed
  • 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.
installing porch swing hardware
  • It should sit flush against the wood beam when you’re done.
porch swing hardware with chain
  • Hang the porch swing and you should be done!
porch swing

My porch swing makeover was almost complete!

The last thing I did was wrap the porch swing chain with sisal rope. This easy budget friendly update made a HUGE difference. I also shared how it’s held up over a few years and a lot of inclement weather.

how to wrap a porch swing with rope

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!

Porch swing makeover

How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover
How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover
How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover
How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover
How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover
How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover
How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover
How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover
How to Hang a Porch Swing with a Swing Makeover

For more current cottage style back porch makeover pics and to see my new affordable indoor curtains that I hung outside next to this swing, click on the links to see what it looks like today.

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How to hang a Porch Swing

how to hang a porch swing

Simple tutorial on how to hang a porch swing with a swing makeover. I've transformed an old chain link swing to new swing with paint and rope. 

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Joist Hangers if necessary
  • Porch swing hardware
  • Screwdriver

Tools

  • Drill

Instructions

  1. The first thing you need to do is make sure the wooden beams that will be supporting the swing are stable.
  2. Add two joist hangers to the support beams if needed.
  3. Drill the pilot hole for the porch swing hardware
  4. Manually screw the hardware into the support beam until it sits flush against the beam
  5. Attach the chain to the swing
  6. Hang the porch swing making sure it's level

Thanks for stopping by.

Lindsey**

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