instead of a porch swing (post #211802, reply #3 of 9) by Mikeljon in reply to richardi [original] on Sat, 08/08/2015 - 08:07 Assuming 2x6 Spruce/Pine/Fir 16" on Center, you're way over the allowable span.
Porch swings are a pleasant way to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the comfort of your home. These once-common fixtures can provide years of enjoyment for the entire family when properly installed and maintained.
I am going to have a porch swing hung by my handyman. We have a wooden porch ceiling and he plans to drill lab bolts up into the joists to hang the swing from. My handyman said there's no need to take down the porch ceiling. He used a stud finder on the ceiling and said there are studs every 16 inches on the porch ceiling perpendicular to the house.
A porch swing can be a single-occupant hanging chair, or it can be wide enough to hold several people. A 4-foot swing comfortably sits two adults, but swings also come in 6- and 8-foot lengths. A 4-foot swing comfortably sits two adults, but swings also come in 6- and 8-foot lengths.
Would like reinforce joists to ensure 700lbs load from swing. My idea is to install 4x4s across the joists using hangers/braces, but the rafter is in the way such that the hanger will not be flush against the joist.
Check that your porch can support a porch swing. Before the fun part of picking out a porch swing, make sure your porch is strong enough to support one. Use a stud finder to look for ceiling joists, the thick overhead beams that support a ceiling, to which you can anchor the swing.
Note: If you can’t find the joists in the ceiling—or you miss when drilling, a common challenge if the ceiling is closed up—or they are not where they need to be so your swing hangs plumb, I give up looking carefully.
I'd like to hang a porch swing from the roof beams. I'm looking at three person swing (similar to this model ). The adults in the house weigh approx 260 lbs, so I would expect a load of no more than 600-700 lbs in total.
Help! Hanging porch swing, weight issue. ... I need help in determining if my plans to reinforce the porch ceiling joists will suffice to distribute the weight of the swing and 2 persons up to 600 ...
Care should be taken when you hang a porch swing to ensure your safety. Be sure the joists, tree limb, or even an A-frame are sturdy enough to hold the maximum weight for the swing. You will need a sturdy porch swing spring set.
Make sure your ceiling framing is strong enough to support your porch swing. A typical two-person swing can be supported by a single 2 x 8 joist, two 2 x 6 joists, or three 2 x 4 joists, provided all joists are adequately supported at both ends for load-bearing application.