this classic porch swing. It wasn't very hard to put together with all of the wooden pieces and bolts included, but what I didn't like was the metal chain. We bought this swing with every intention of transitioning it to the rope swing, so we just made sure that we chose one that could fit the diameter of the rope we needed.*
- 3/4 inch diameter twisted sisal or natural manila rope (length: ground to ceiling height x 4)
- electric tape
- 2 eye lag bolts (rated for at least two people's weight*)
- 2 s-hooks
And these tools:
- knife to cut rope
- tape measure
- cordless drill
- stepped unibit
- proper drill bit to pre-drill lag bolt
- bar of soap
- any screwdriver
1. Start by using the Dremel to cut the chain that came with the swing. Make sure you only cut the chain, not any other hardware connected to the swing.2. Cut the rope in two even pieces and wrap the ends in electrical tape so it won't fray. At a later time, we plan to whip the rope with twine to make it look a little nicer.
5. Pre-drill a hole into the ceiling/floor joists overhead. This hole size is dictated by the size of the lag bolt you choose and should be listed on the bolts.*
Tie an overhand knot on a bight in the middle of each of the two pieces of rope.
11. Run the rope through the holes in all four corners and tie into knots.
There you have it!
For the porch details, you can find the matching rocker here, and I am so excited that those outdoor starfish pillows and the round end table are back in stock at Target. You can also find similar lumbar pillows here and here.
Obviously, everyone (including Shadow) loves our outdoor spot as the weather is getting warmer!
*Borrowed Heaven makes no representations or assertions on what the proper weight rating is for your individual application. If you need guidance, please consult your local hardware store.