There are so many styles available in patio and porch swings, from the classic wooden swings to European wrought iron, to ultra comfortable all-weather wicker swings ~ it will be a challenge to choose from among them. There's something so comforting about the gentle rocking of a swing, the perfect place to relax away the stress of your day.
All you need to hang your porch swing is a solid, strong support in your favorite spot on your porch, patio or deck.
If you don't have a safe place to hang your porch swing, have a look at the many styles of free-standing swings available to place on a deck or lawn. To use a 1 inch thick manila or sisal rope makes it easy to hold on to and very safe. Coat the ends of the rope with rubber or whipping to prevent fraying. To prime the seats and then put multiple coats of spray paint is also a good idea.
More do-it-yourself tips:
Place your ladder up against the tree branch and climb up to where you want to place the rope. Make sure it is far enough away from the tree that the kids won't swing on it and slam back in to the tree.
Cut off any excess rope so that the rope does not touch the ground.
Consider using a cantilever beam fastened horizontally to your tree, rather than attaching your swing directly to the branches. A beam or pole mounted to your tree will give a more evenly balanced swing axis, but may be a challenge to stabilize as it is not as solidly in place as a tree branch itself.
Try the rope swing out yourself first. Swing on it by sitting on a knot. Then try the rope swing again by standing on one of the knots. Kids will want to play with the rope swing in many different ways such as sitting on it, standing on it, etc.
Sisal or manila rope needs some attention at the ends to prevent the fibers untwisting and coming apart but does give a more traditional look than synthetic ropes.
Features of Kids' Rope Swings
- Safety first for the kids
- the most romantic place in your home or garden
- hanging porch swings require strong overhead support
- a do-it-yourself (DIY) kids' swing can feature a cut board, a round circle, a tire, a belt, or a log for the seat.
- free-standing patio swings are available for deck or garden landscape