A porch swing is more than just a piece of furniture. It is a carrier to a stress-free zone. Hop on it when having your morning coffee or after a long day at work and you are gradually transitioned into a state of peace of mind due to the continuous rocking while listening to birds and taking in the fresh air.
However, for it to work its magic, a porch swing must be installed correctly. The good thing is that it is not limited to use in porches only. Some people actually prefer hanging them in their backyard gardens, giving them a more relaxed feel due to the additional greenery in their view.
For you to install a porch swing in your garden, you need to follow the following steps.
Determine the Best Location
When determining the best location to hang your porch swing benches, you should consider the spots that give you the best views of the garden. Good views always have a calming effect and this will greatly contribute towards giving you peace of mind.
You should also consider using the tree with the strongest limbs as your support structure to hold your porch swing. These limbs should be low enough to make installation easy. If you do not have such a tree in your garden, you might need to build a wooden structure to hold the swing in position. Another alternative would be to buy an A-frame porch swing package that comes with a complete frame, which is portable, meaning that the swing can be placed anywhere on your garden.
Prepare for Eye Bolts
Eye bolts are the most suitable holders to keep the porch swing tied up. When hanging the porch swing bench, you should measure its length and width and mark the wooden support structure with 4 spots, corresponding with the bench’s 4 corners. Ensure that these spots are marked on strong beams then drill holes on these spots so as to prevent wood splitting. An important thing to note here is that these holes should be much smaller than the eyebolt thickness so that on screwing them in, they hold firmly onto the wood. Larger holes will affect the safety of the porch swing because it will be held loosely in position.
For installation on tree limbs, there is no need for drilling as well as eye bolts. You only need chains to tie around the strongest limbs and rust resistant bolts to fasten the chains around those limbs so that they are fixed in position. Remember to protect the tree from scraping by using a rubber padding around the parts of the chains that are in contact with the tree branch.
Install Threaded Links
Threaded links are attached to eye bolts to enable you connect the chains that hold the porch swing bench. These links are not necessary when using tree limbs because chains are tied around the branches.
Install the Swing
The actual porch swing bench comes with swing hooks screwed in place for tying the chains onto it. The first thing to do would be to install the chains then attach each of the 4 chains to the bench while adjusting to the most convenient and most comfortable height. Generally, most porch swing benches are hung 17-19” off the ground and this should be a good starting point as you adjust the seat’s height to suit your height requirements.
Porch swing installation on gardens can be quite tough to some. Others might install it incorrectly, making it uncomfortable and risky to use. However, with the right information, you can have it up at the right location and safe to use in a very short time.
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