What’s the fun of a covered porch if you don’t have a porch swing? It’s a simple but fabulous addition that is so perfect for reading, chatting with your honey, or just watching the kids ride their bikes back and forth! I am in love with our porch swing and signing on to give you all the details on how we did it ourselves.
With the vision in mind, I set out stalking Craigslist and yard sales for a swing that would fit in the space we wanted on our porch. I found this one! The only problem was the color.
An easy fix! I got a few cans of outdoor, weather resistant white paint and sprayed away, slowly covering the black base paint (see the grass as proof!)
With a well-covered white porch swing to match the railing and trim of the house, I screwed in four large eye screws to support and distribute the weight of the swing – one on the end of each arm and one on each side of the backrest of the swing.
Measuring the distance between the eye screws on either side of the swing, I secured 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ galvanized lag eye screws equal distance apart and centered on the ceiling of the porch as well.
S-hooks are hanging from the eye screws on the ceiling, prepared for the swing’s rope.
When adding the rope, it’s important to remember that you want the swing to tilt slightly back, so the front rope will be an inch shorter than the back (about 16″ from the ground in the back, and 17″ in the front.)
Here is a close-up of the rope being hung from the S-hook, with a loop knot tied several inches down. I chose rope rather than chain because it gives a much more rustic and homey feel, doesn’t rust, and also doesn’t pinch fingers when you swing.
A stopper knot is then tied on the other end of the four eye screws on the bench to secure the rope.
See the tilt of the swing and the four stopper knots on the sides of the swing.
I added bench cushions with a vibrant color and design for both comfort and to make the swing stand out from all the white on our porch. It’s always a favorite spot for family and guests – for laughter and dark secrets!