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Preparing for a Porch Swing

Here are some helpful tips to consider before welcoming your Porch Swing to its new home:


Your swing will need at least 4 feet to swing back and forth and at least 1 ½ feet on either side. You will also need to have at least 6 ½ feet from the spot on the ceiling it will hang to the porch floor. In addition, you will want to position your swing so that it is at least 1 ½ feet above the floor.


As much as we would love to guarantee one of our affordable swings will hang securely from your porch, we can’t. We suggest you call an expert before choosing the spot to hang your swing. We want this swing to be safe for everyone and last you many years. Don’t rush into hanging your swing-make safety your priority.


After being in this business as long as we have, we like to consider ourselves Porch Swing experts here at Here are some little tidbits we have learned along the way:

- Drill holes about 2-4 inches further out than the end of the swing. The holes for a 5 foot swing, should be about 5 feet and 4 inches from each other.

- Invest in our Hangers and Comfort Springs for an even more comfortable swing. If you decide to get the hangers and springs, get our hangkit, which includes both at even a lower price.

- Check ahead of time to ensure your swing comes with all the necessary hanging accessories and hardware-many do not.

- Hanging a porch swing with 4 chains or ropes often is preferred. Having 2 chains or ropes on each side of the swing, offers double the support, makes adjustments easier, and it will spread the weight even more evenly.

Now that the idea of hanging a swing isn’t so overwhelming, click here to check out our wide selection of affordable, durable porch swings.