How to Hang a Swing Chair

Written by marjorie gilbert
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There is something restful about swing chairs. Swinging in the open air allows you to forget the everyday grind and enjoy the outdoors in comfort. When you're relaxing, the last thing you want is to worry about the swing chair crashing down due faulty installation. So it's important to hang the chair properly. With a little time and effort, you will be able to relax in the comfort of your swing chair and let the world turn without you, if only for a little while.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Swing chair
  • Measuring tape
  • Sturdy chain (link or coil)
  • Bolt cutters
  • Flexible plastic tubing (for tree hanging)
  • Ladder
  • 2 quick links (4 for porch hanging)
  • Stainless steel screw eyes with 4-inch shaft (for porch hanging)
  • Drill and drill bit (for porch hanging)

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Instructions

    Hang a Swing Chair from a Tree

  1. 1

    Find a tree branch in a good place to suspend a swing chair. Look for a sizeable branch that grows from the tree at near a 90 degree angle and is strong enough to support the weight of you, the swing chair, and whomever else might share the chair with you. A limb 5 inches or more in diameter would be a good benchmark.

  2. 2

    Ask an assistant to hold the swing chair 1 1/2 to 2 feet from the ground. Measure the distance from the suspension point on one side of the chair, over the branch, to the suspension point on the other side of the chair. Add to this measurement the circumference of the branch itself as well as at least 8 inches for slack. The combined total will be the length of the chain.

  3. 3

    Cut the chain to the length you need (see Step 2) with bolt cutters. Cut a corresponding length of plastic tubing wide enough to fit in a sleeve around the chain. Slip the chain inside the tubing; this protects the branch from being abraded by the chain.

  4. 4

    Find the middle of the chain and mark it. Use a ladder to climb up to the branch. Hold the middle of the chain against the bottom of the branch. Swing the right side of the chain up and over the branch until it hangs on the left side of the branch. Swing the left side of the chain up and over the branch until it hangs down on the right side of the branch. Check to make sure that both ends of the chain hang evenly before continuing, and adjust if necessary.

  5. 5

    Attach the quick links to the rings on the swing chair and ask your assistant to hold the chair 2 feet from the ground. Slip the ends of the chain into the quick rings then close the rings securely.

    Hang a Swing Chair on a Porch

  1. 1

    Choose a wide, sturdy beam from which you would like to hang your swing chair on your porch.

  2. 2

    Ask an assistant to hold the swing chair 1 1/2 to 2 feet from the floor of the porch. Measure from one of the chair's suspension points to the beam. Use the bolt cutters to cut two chains of this length.

  3. 3

    Drill two pilot holes in the beam. Use a drill bit that is about the size of the screw eye shaft (not including the threads), and sink the hole about four inches deep, and as wide apart as the chair width. Twist the screw eyes into the holes as deep and tight as they will go - use a screwdriver through the eye for leverage as you tighten.

  4. 4

    Attach a quick link to each screw eye, insert one end of each chain into each link and close the link securely. Attach another quick link to each suspension point on the swing chair. Ask your assistant to hold the chair 2 feet from the porch floor, then insert the chain ends into the quick links on the chair and close the links securely.

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