A porch swing is a great way to enjoy a warm afternoon on your porch. If you want, you can even install a porch swing to a ceiling inside your house. Just like a room in your home, your porch has joists to keep the ceiling in the air. When installing a porch swing, you must install the swing into the joist, which is the only part of a ceiling that can withstand the weight requirements.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Hand drill
- Drill bit
- Large screwdriver
Locate the joist in your ceiling with an electronic stud finder. If you plan to run the swing parallel to the joist, you only need to locate one. If you want to connect the swing across two joists, locate two joists positioned side by side. If the studs are exposed, you don't need a stud finder.
Measure the width between the eyebolts mounted to the arms of the swing.
Mark the mounting locations on the ceiling so the swing will rest far enough from walls so people swinging will not hit the wall. In most cases, adequate clearance is 2½ to 3 feet from walls. In addition, place marks so the chains that hold the swing to the ceiling are straight. To do this, transfer the measurement you took between the eyebolts to the ceiling.
Drill a pilot hole through each mark, using the hand drill and drill bit. Make the hole approximately half the diameter of the eyebolts you are using.
Thread the eyebolt into the holes as far as you can with your fingers. Slide a large screwdriver through the hole in the eyebolts and turn clockwise to tighten the bolts into place.
Secure the chain connected to each arm of the swing onto the eyebolts in the ceiling.
Tips and warnings
- Use eyebolts with shanks at least 3 inches long.
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