If you pay someone to make a porch swing to your exact specifications, it’ll cost between $200 and $2,000. The cost will depend on the type of wood you want and how big the swing is.
How hard is it to build a porch swing?
Building a porch swing is a fairly simple woodworking project perfect for the beginner or intermediate builder and will be a unique addition to your patio furniture. Don’t limit yourself if you don’t have a large enough front porch for a swing. Think about your back porch, deck, or even a tree in your yard.
What is the best wood for a porch swing?
Cedar and redwood are the most commonly selected wood for outdoor swing sets, and for good reason. These woods are known for being naturally resistant to disease, rot, and insect infestation. You will also find swing sets made of spruce, pine, or fir.
How do I build a cheap porch swing?
Can you hang a porch swing from a 2×4?
Can a 2×4 support a porch swing? A porch swing can be hung from a 2×4, but the 2×4 must be reinforced properly. If you are unsure or not skilled in construction, hire a professional to do the job for you. Before letting anyone swing, test the load-bearing capabilities of the supporting beams, hardware, and swing.
Can I hang a swing from my porch?
In order to hang your porch swing, you will need chains or ropes and hardware and connectors that are suitable for outdoor exposure and have a working load rating of 500 pounds or more. Porch swings are held up by either steel chains or rope. New swings usually come with hanging chains or ropes.
Is my porch strong enough for a swing?
You need to have at least 48 inches of space behind the swing. And you should have at least 50 inches in front of the swing to sit in comfortably. You also need to have 16 inches of space on both sides. Hooks holding a swing have to be about 4 inches wider than the length of the swing.
How high should a porch swing be off the ground?
Allow at least 3 to 4 feet of clearance in both the front and back of your swing and at least 2 feet on each side. As for how high to hang your swing, the seat should be approximately 17-19 inches above the floor.
How much weight can a porch swing hold?
The maximum weight capacity of most porch swings is over 500 lbs. Almost all “Porch Swing Chains” are rated at this number and are dependent on the strength of the chains.
What chain do you use for a porch swing?
A standard double loop chain is often used for porch swings. Assuming three hefty occupants (~250 lbs each) and a 100 lb swing, you‘re up to a load of 850 lbs. If you use 4 lengths of chain to connect the swing, that’s 212.5 lbs per chain.
How much room should you have behind a porch swing?
An ideal place would have 3 to 4 feet of empty space fore and aft of the swing and at least 14 inches of clearance on each side. The swing should hang at least 17 inches from the floor so the average occupant’s feet can touch the floor.
How do you hang a porch swing between two trees?
Place a step ladder halfway between the two trees. Climb the ladder with free ends of the two cables in hand. Pull both cables taut at a point at least 8 feet from the ground, holding them in the midpoint between the two trees and cut them at this length.
How do you hang a heavy porch swing?
How do I keep my porch swing from swinging?
There are a couple options when it comes to the hanging your swing: You can use metal chains or rope as the suspension material—both are equally strong as long as you use thick, marine-grade rope. (If chains seem simpler but you like the look of rope, you can wrap rope around your chains, like the swing above.)
How do I stop my porch swing from hitting my house?
To prevent your porch swing from hitting the wall you may consider that most porch swings require a clearance of 26 to 36 inches from the wall and guard rails. 14 inches clearance on the sides will help to avoid smaller side swings from hitting the wall or rail along the sides of the porch swing.
Can I hang a swing from my ceiling?
You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can‘t find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it’s back to square one—having the right amount of space doesn’t mean anything if it can‘t be safely installed there. “Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight.”
How much weight can a ceiling joist hold?
Regular garage ceiling joists of modern construction can generally support 50lb/sqft. If you have trusses or your joists are supporting more than just sheetrock or your garage is older this number could be significantly less. Remember to spread the load ACROSS your joists and not along them.
Are ceiling joists load bearing?
It’s in the joists:
A joist is a horizontal structural member, running across an open space, that is used to transfer loads to vertical members, typically, floors & ceilings. Most times, if the joists run parallel to the wall, the wall is non-load bearing.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.