For ideal comfort, a patio swing is recommended to be 17 to 19 inches off the ground. Two 8 feet chains can hold ceilings that are 8 to 9 feet tall. If your ceilings are 12 feet tall, you might need 11 feet chains to hang your patio swing.
If your patio swing comes with already attached chains/ropes, you can hook the chains onto the hangers in the ceiling. Secure one end of the long-chain to the front of the patio swing with a quick link. Secure each short chain to the back of the seat with a quick link.
To hang your patio swing from a single joist or beam, it needs to be a 2x8 joist or a 4x4 beam. Once you have established that the joists are thick enough to hold your patio swing, locate the joists from the underside of the ceiling using a stud finder.
Allow the patio swing to hang freely by removing the temporary support from under. Re-check for level and adjust as needed, according to your preference. You can test with medium weight first and gradually increase up to a maximum of 3 adults or 4 children.
Once your patio swing is mounted, sit down and give it a sway. Adjust the chains or ropes as necessary or the height of the patio swing as desired. Once you’re happy with the outcome, trim the excess ends of the ropes or tie them up on a knot. The excess chains can be cut with a bolt cutter.
And, that’s it! You’re all done!
Now you can place the cushion and some throw pillows on the patio swing and enjoy! If you want to discover some more patio swing designs and other patio furniture, head on the Patio Furniture Land!