How to Hang an Infant Swing on a Porch

Infant swing installation on a porch is quick and easy, but you do need to have a porch with solid ceiling joists to hold the weight of the child and the swing. It's never safe to hang an infant swing or any other swing from masonry or its joints. Have chains or ropes to suspend the infant swing that cannot catch or pinch a baby's fingers. Many infant swings come with their own frame.

Step 1

Choose a location far enough away from walls, rails or windows to allow the infant swing to move. Allow at least 2 1/2 feet behind the swing. Once you know the approximate location for the swing, locate a cross beam or ceiling joist for the infant swing installation.

Step 2

Measure the width of the infant swing. Add 2 to 4 inches to that width as you mark the location for the eye bolts on the cross beam or ceiling joist. Setting the eye bolts wider than the swing helps prevent swaying or twisting of the swing.

Step 3

Drill pilot holes in the cross beam or ceiling joist slightly smaller than the eye bolts you are using. Secure the eye bolts into the cross beam or ceiling joist.

Step 4

Suspend the infant swing from the eye bolts. Adjust the length of the chain or rope so that the swing is even on both sides. The swing should be at a comfortable level for an adult to push the swing. Tip the back of the seat back slightly so the infant can swing comfortably.