How to hang your rope swing

Ordering a beautifully-handcrafted rope swing is just the beginning of your journey towards unbridled garden joy. The next job is to safely and securely hang your swing from a tree. To help you, we’ve put together this handy step-by-step guide. Happy swinging!

Step one

Before you do anything, you need to figure out how much rope you need. It is common for people to order their ropes too short or incorrectly measure the bough from which the swing will be hung. Therefore, make sure you take your time and be careful. 

When measuring how much rope you need, it’s best to get up to the bough as it’s hard to judge how high the bough is just by looking up at it. We suggest getting a long piece of string and placing a weight on the end of it. Then you need to throw it over the bough of the tree and pull it back down again. Then measure that on the floor to determine how long you need the rope to be.

Step two

You now need to make allowances for how much rope needs to go over the bough, you can do this by measuring the bough, calculating the diameter, and multiplying this number by 3.142. Then double your answer. This is roughly how much you’re going to need. However, be generous with your measurements as it is far easier to correct ropes that are too long as opposed to too short.  

Mother and daughter swinging on a high quality swing seat hanging from a garden tree

Step three

Wrap the rope around the bough of the tree twice and then fasten the rope with the stainless steel clips provided; one just underneath the bough and one a few inches underneath the first one

Step four

Once you’ve fastened these with your fingers, go back in with a spanner once you’re happy with the final height of the swing, in order to ensure they are totally secure.   

Step five

If there is a lot of extra rope hanging down, simply wrap a piece of tape around the excess, cut it off with a pair of sharp scissors, and then use a match or lighter to seal it off before removing the tape.

If you have any problems with hanging your rope swing, Sitting Spiritually are always on hand to answer any queries and guide you through the process. You can contact us at any time.

Posted by Siobhan on October 26th 2021


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