The Anchorage 1770- RenovationTransitional Porch, Atlanta
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2. Locate ceiling joists. It’s best to anchor into a joist when hanging a porch swing. Joists are the structural beams (usually either a two-by-six or a two-by-eight) that support the ceiling of a porch. Use a stud finder to locate ceiling joists and mark both sides of the beam and the approximate center of the beam, which is the ideal spot to mount the anchor.Don’t have joists in the right spot for your swing? If thick ceiling beams don’t happen to fall where you need them, install short beams (four-by-four) to span multiple joists. Position the short beam so it’s where you need it for hanging the swing, and then use 3-inch screws to secure the short beam to multiple joists. Proceed with the next steps, attaching the hanging hardware directly into the short beam.Hire a professional to hang your porch swing
Tables to bring the indoors out. Southerners like to have a coffee or side table where they can set their John Grisham novel (the Arkansas native’s latest is due out in October) or glass of sweet tea. After all, the porch is not only a place for storytelling, but also a place for story reading.
7. Southern CharmThis grand porch in South Carolina’s low country is a paragon of Southern comfort. Deep upholstery, plenty of throw pillows, well-placed tables for drinks and a well-appointed porch swing made it a spot where many Houzzers could see themselves enjoying some sweet tea.Notable detail: The haint blue ceiling — this trick is indigenous to South Carolina — was originally used to keep haints (ghosts) from entering the house.See more of this home
2. Make porches feel more inviting. Laying down a soft outdoor rug can help make porches feel as welcoming as a room inside the house — or even more so. The designers of this front porch of a restored 1770s estate home in South Carolina used a warm beige and light brown rug to encourage the homeowners to treat the covered porch as an extension of the living room. A pair of couches, potted plants and a hanging swing chair make the space all the more appealing.
6. Elegant Lounge in South CarolinaThis restored 1770 South Carolina mansion with gorgeous historical details — check out the molding on the columns — oozes Southern charm. But perhaps the most enviable architectural feature is the double porch. Mirrored swinging daybeds, matching outdoor sofas and a pair of chairs frame both sides of the door, creating an outdoor gathering place made for a slow evening of sipping iced tea and catching the breeze.
2. Porch SwingIn the days before climate control, porches were a must, especially in the South. This gorgeous 1770 South Carolina mansion has a double porch that provides space to catch a breeze and be sheltered from the sun during hot, sticky summers.And there is no better way to spend time on a porch than on a porch swing. This classic porch furniture has evolved over the years, but the spirit remains the same. It’s the ultimate spot to swing back and forth while catching up on your day or just enjoying a quiet night and a breeze with someone you love.